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.
A modern bistro on historic St. Charles Avenue, Herbsaint is consistently at the top of the Crescent City's list of great restaurants. Celebrated chef Donald Link is reinventing the wheel with innovative takes on Southern fare—European small plates, classic gumbos and nouvelle cuisine artfully share the menu. Try the duck confit with dirty rice or stewed lamb neck with saffron fideo. The mustard-greens salad with buttermilk dressing is irresistible and the restaurant is almost 100 percent self-sufficient, even raising its own animals. herbsaint.com