Best Southern Food in the U.S.
Defined by an abundance of fresh seafood and produce, grain-producing marshlands and a melting pot of Spanish/French/West African culture, Southern cuisine is soul-warming comfort food at its best. Charleston and New Orleans are at the top of my short list for food-forward destinations, cities whose mere mention conjures up the smell of crab and shrimp sautéing in a pan. But don't stop your culinary tour there: Nashville; Jackson, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama; and Savannah, Georgia, are all on my radar, as local chefs revisit (and revive) classic Southern recipes passed through the generations. —Andrew Zimmern.
The famous Clary’s Café has been around for more than a century, serving Southern comfort diner classics with a heaping pile of nostalgia. I highly recommend the Georgia pecan hot griddle cakes, crab n’ grits and the original Hoppel Poppel (scrambled eggs with chunks of salami, potatoes, onion and green peppers). claryscafe.com