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 cult...

One dish served fresh every day.
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FIG, Charleston

Chef Mike Lata was on the forefront of the city's booming farm-to-table food scene, connecting diners with local farms for nearly a decade. His restaurant FIG (an acronym for Food is Good) is a modern space with a convivial atmosphere, and more often than not, packed with eager customers. The James Beard award-winner adds French flare to his low-country cuisine with dishes like John's Island tomato tarte Tatin, Prosecco-steamed inlet clams and a ballotine of chicken and sausage with roasted cherries. I cooked with Mike Lata once at a food fest in Florida and the guy is an amazing chef, immensely talented and a great guy to boot.

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