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.
Served in a Victorian house in downtown Charleston, chef Sean Brock's ingredient-driven cuisine is composed entirely of products harvested or raised in the South—some from a farm he established right outside the city. The open kitchen produces incredible dishes such as crispy pig's ear lettuce wraps and sassafras pork ribs with pickled peaches. Every ingredient has a story, in what may deservedly be the most talked-about restaurant in all the South. huskrestaurant.com