People with lots of disposable income drive fancy cars, have beautiful houses and spouses, travel, and generally just live large, right? Sure, they have problems, but they're problems most Americans wouldn't mind. Here's one. There are fantastic dining scenes in cities across America, but do zip codes housing these folks' expensive mansions and brownstones actually have food scenes commensurate with their bank accounts?
Parts of Westchester County, among other outlying areas of New York City, such as Short Hills, N.J. (07078), dominated HouseHunt’s 2011 list of zip codes with the highest average household incomes — all well into the six-figure range. California zip codes known for high incomes and gargantuan homes like San Diego’s affluent suburb Rancho Santa Fe (92067) also made the list. Sure, cities are oases for fatcats with discernable palates, but with such a multitude of whales, you might not be foolish to think celebrity chefs should be setting up shop in the 'burbs.
Restaurants like Mario Batali's Tarry Lodge, which opened this summer in Westport, Conn., make you think that may actually be happening. And you could argue that places like Chappaqua, N.Y. (10514), and bedroom communities in New Jersey have turned the tables, so to speak, on New York City — drawing food-savvy urbanites out to the 'burbs. After all, we're not talking distances from cities that a jaunt in a limo, or a chopper flight couldn't fix.
But everyone gets tired of commuting, and even the best personal chefs fall into a routine that needs breaking out of. You'd think that even folks with money have days when they want to eat great food out, and nearby. So, using the HouseHunt list as a guide, here's a look at how local dining scenes measure up to residents' disposable wealth in the 10 zip codes with the highest average household incomes.