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Is it just us or is everything better in checklist form? There is a certain amount of self-accomplishment – a mini-rush, if you will – that comes from checking off those little squares. So, naturally, we were pretty psyched when Southern Living released its list of the 100 restaurants to visit now in the South.

The list spans locations all the way down the coast to Miami (yes, we’re a little skeptical about Miami finding itself on a “Southern” list, but we’ll let it slide). Unsurprisingly, the most represented cities are New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville and Charleston. Thanks mostly in part to attending school in Music City – and the rather arbitrary inclusion of Washington, D.C. on the list – this Food Republic editor has eaten at a somewhat underwhelming eight of 100. (Contributing Editor Matt Rodbard has notched 16). Here are the restaurants on the checklist that have been most visited, according to voting results so far (with links to past Food Republic coverage of the spots):

1. Tupelo Honey Café, Asheville, NC
2. Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, LA
3. Husk, Charleston, SC and Nashville, TN
4. Southern Soul Barbecue, St. Simons Island, GA
5. Seviche, A Latin Restaurant, Louisville, KY
6. Cochon, New Orleans, LA
7. Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC
8. Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL
9. Flora-Bama Lounge, Package, and Oyster Bar, Pensacola, FL
10. McCrady’s, Charleston, SC
11. Wintzell’s Oyster House, Mobile, AL
12. Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL

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