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.
Southern ingredients also take center stage at Sean Brock’s low-country fine-dining establishment, located in an 18th-century historic building that once was one of the city’s more famous bordellos. Order à la carte or from a multicourse tasting menu—both celebrate regional farms, local purveyors and heirloom produce, while the bar specializes in pre-Prohibition cocktails. mccradysrestaurant.com