Southern Living dropped its list of the year's best new restaurants today and you'll want to add them to your food travel bucket list now. To create the heavily vetted roundup, "Jennifer V. Cole spent over two months logging thousands of miles back and forth across the region to eat more meals than any human should comfortably or reasonably consume," write the editors. We love that she picked standouts in both major destinations like Austin, Nashville and New Orleans, as well as star openings in charming locales such Asheville, NC and Birmingham, AL. Here, a peek at 5 of the South's Best New Restaurants. Go to southernliving.com for the full list.
Buxton Hall: Asheville, NC ( Photo Above)
"The whole-hog cookery alone merits a stop at this vintage-inspired South Slope restaurant, but calling Buxton Hall just another barbecue joint would be a disservice. Take the sides, for example. Green beans simmer under the cooking pig, basting in unctuous pork drippings. Braised collards sing with the tang of cider vinegar and the spice of fresh black pepper. Here, you could create the ultimate vegetable plate and never think twice." buxtonhall.com
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Death and Taxes Death and Taxes: Raleigh, NC
"Raleigh dynamo Ashley Christensen’s trip to Uruguay several years ago, where she cooked alongside asadors on their open fire pits, laid the foundation for her latest restaurant, Death & Taxes (so named because the historic building was once a funeral parlor and later a bank." ac-restaurants.com/death-taxes