Everybody knows there is no better region to eat in America than the South. From Charleston to Oxford, Mississippi and all points in between, here are the best restaurants in the South.
7 Restaurants in the South You Need to Visit:
Unlike the stark formality of your typical fine dining restaurant, with its plain white table linens and tasting-menu format, Bastion offers a roster of high-minded bites à la carte in an atmosphere warmed by exposed brick walls, with the dulcet tones of Waylon Jennings wafting from the hi-fi.
A low-slung corner spot in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans where you’ll get the best gumbo and fried chicken in Louisiana (if not all of the South). Try the beloved staples of either the shrimp with lima beans or the meatless stew of greens and spices known as gumbo z’herbes.
3. Fisher’s Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina // Orange Beach, AL
Because the bounty of the Gulf, in its freshest and finest expression, is a stone’s throw from this beachside restaurant. Try the oysters, buoyed by garlic-leek butter, or the curried grouper that’s packed with silky flesh and swathed in a cloak of tomatoes, charred peppers, and fresh mint.
Empire is the type of restaurant that you could actually go to multiple times in a day for three separate meals —for breakfast to get a Georgia iced coffee, for lunch to get a po’boy dressed with pimento and fried chicken, and then back for dinner to enjoy some Catfish Bouillabaisse on a sourdough fritter.
5. The Barn at Blackberry Farm // Walland, TN
The Barn is an 8,000 square foot … barn isolated on a Tennessee plateau in a town with a population of 259 people. But don’t let the small town charm be a distraction. This bed and breakfast is helmed by a James Beard who plates insane multi-course meals of his signature Appalachian “Foothills Cuisine,” with dishes like wild Burgundy snails with a deep ham hock broth and potato puree.
Because the simple fried green tomato and pickled South Carolina shrimp are enough reasons to visit. And yes, Rhubarb’s has pork on the menu. It is, after all, North Carolina.
An untraditional celebration of the food of the South, it manages to convey the whole ‘hanging-out-on-a-Southern-front-porch’ despite not having a front porch on its century-old building to hang out on. So, whether it’s over a double cheeseburger with bacon onion jam or a pimento cheese with pork rinds, The Roosevelt will constantly make you want to stop in and stay awhile.
Make it a road trip and visit all of them in just a couple of days!