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.
An unassuming joint in New Orleans's Sixth Ward serves some of the best fried chicken around. In 2005 this chicken shack won the James Beard Foundation's American Classics award. Great people and authentic grub. It’s easily my favorite place in the US for chicken, but the beans alone are worth a trip from anywhere. facebook.com