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.
Opened by Jim Neely in the 1970s, this popular restaurant's pit-smoked barbecue attracts locals and barbecue aficionados alike. The chopped pork shoulder sandwich is seriously addictive, as are the ribs and barbecue spaghetti, a Memphis specialty that Interstate claims to have originated. interstatebarbecue.com