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.
On Birmingham’s Southside, chef Chris Hastings uses locally sourced ingredients, supporting local fishermen and foragers, in his refined take on Southern cuisine. Take a seat at the chef’s counter and nosh on dishes such as roasted pork leg with white peach mojo or red snapper bouillabaisse with shrimp, clams, grouper cheek and mussels. hotandhotfishclub.com