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.
Hand-pulled pork from whole hogs, topped with crispy skins and the family's secret sauce has locals and BBQ pilgrims alike flocking to this authentic roadside barbecue joint in Hemingway. Pit master Rodney Scott slow-smokes whole hogs overnight with hardwood coals made from wood he hand selects each day. He bastes the meat vigorously with a vinegary-peppery mop till it's ready to pull apart for the hungry crowds come morning. My favorite BBQ place in America. thescottsbbq.com