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.
At Cochon, chef Donald Link is getting back to his Southern roots with traditional Cajun dishes. Choose from Southern small plates and boucherie—such as fried alligator, pickled tongue or roast goat-stuffed biscuits—as well as entrées and selections from the wood-fired oven. cochonrestaurant.com