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We’ve come to trust Southern Living when it comes to food. Their selection of 100 restaurants to visit now in the South – presented in checklist form – inspired spirited office debate. Then there’s the publication’s peach-bourbon cheesecake recipe, which remains one of our all-time favorites. Naturally, we were pretty excited when Southern Living’s restaurant scout Jennifer V. Cole released her list of the South’s 100 best restaurants, spearheaded by the region’s 10 best new establishments.

It’s difficult to find fault with the list, which does a good job of mixing old standbys and young upstarts, from both larger and less established cities (and all the way from Washington, D.C. down to Miami). Take a look at the full compilation below, mark down how many spots you’ve already visited and start planning your next Southern roadtrip right about…now.

The South’s 10 Best New Restaurants

  1. Kimball House (Decatur, GA)
  2. Rose’s Luxury (Washington, D.C.)
  3. The 404 Kitchen (Nashville, TN)
  4. The Obstinate Daughter (Sullivan’s Island, SC)
  5. Rhubarb (Asheville, NC)
  6. CBD Provisions (Dallas, TX)
  7. Edmund’s Oast (Charleston, SC)
  8. San Salvaje (Dallas, TX)
  9. Cinco Y Diez (Athens, GA)
  10. The Shack (Staunton, VA)

The South’s Best Restaurants

610 Magnolia (Louisville, KY)
Acre (Auburn, AL)
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen (Memphis, TN)
Bacchanalia (Atlanta, GA)
The Barn at Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN)
Cakes & Ale (Decatur, GA)
Capitol Grille (Nashville, TN)
Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves (Dallas, TX)
Catbird Seat Restaurant (Nashville, TN)
Chef & The Farmer (Kinston, NC)
Chez Fonfon (Birmingham, AL)
Chez Nous (Charleston, SC)
City House (Nashville, TN)
Cochon (New Orleans, LA)
Comfort (Richmond, VA)
Commander’s Palace (New Orleans, LA)
Coquette (New Orleans, LA)
Crook’s Corner (Chapel Hill, NC)
Cúrate (Asheville, NC)
Cypress (Charleston, SC)
Delta Bistro (Greenwood, MS)
Domenica (New Orleans, LA)
El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar (Birmingham, AL)
Empire State South (Atlanta, GA)
Fearing’s Restaurant (Dallas, TX)
The Fearrington House Restaurant (Pittsboro, NC)
F.I.G. (Charleston, SC)
Fiola Mare (Washington, D.C.)
Fisher’s Upstairs (Orange Beach, AL)
Five & Ten (Athens, GA)
The French Press (Lafayette, LA)
Gautreau’s Restaurant (New Orleans, LA)
The General Muir (Atlanta, GA)
Gunshow (Atlanta, GA)
Heritage (Richmond, VA)
Highlands Bar and Grill (Birmingham, AL)
The Hive (Bentonville, AR)
Hog & Hominy (Memphis, TN)
Hominy Grill (Charleston, SC)
Hot and Hot Fish Club (Birmingham, AL)
Husk (Charleston, SC and Nashville, TN)
Jaleo (Washington, D.C.)
Knife & Fork (Spruce Pine, NC)
Komi (Washington, D.C.)
Lantern (Chapel Hill)
La Petite Grocery (New Orleans, LA)
Little Serow (Washington, D.C.)
Lockeland Table (Nashville, TN)
The Macintosh (Charleston, SC)
Mateo Tapas (Durham, NC)
McCrady’s (Charleston, SC)
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (Miami, FL)
MilkWood (Louisville, KY)
Miller Union (Atlanta, GA)
Odd Duck (Austin, TX)
Ollie Irene (Mountain Brook, AL)
One Flew South (Atlanta, GA)
The Optimist (Atlanta, GA)
The Ordinary (Charleston, SC)
Oxheart (Houston, TX)
Pêche Seafood Grill (New Orleans, LA)
Peter Chang China Café (Glen Allen, VA)
Pinewood Social (Nashville, TN)
Poole’s Diner (Raleigh, NC)
Proof on Main (Louisville, KY)
Provisions (Houston, TX)
Qui (Austin, TX)
Rancho Loma (Valera, TX)
Rasika West End (Washington, D.C.)
Reef (Houston, TX)
The Refinery (Tampa, FL)
Restaurant Eugene (Atlanta, GA)
Restaurant Eve (Alexandria, VA)
Restaurant Iris (Memphis, TN)
Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh (Miami Beach, FL)
The River and Rail (Roanoke, VA)
Rolf and Daughters (Nashville, TN)
The Roosevelt (Richmond, VA)
Seviche, A Latin Restaurant (Louisville, KY)
Snackbar (Oxford, MS)
Springhouse (Alexander City, AL)
Stanbury (Raleigh, NC)
Table Three Ten (Lexington, KY)
Toups’ Meatery (New Orleans, LA)
Two Boroughs Larder (Charleston, SC)
Uchi (Austin, TX)
Underbelly (Houston, TX)
Vittoria Macelleria (Birmingham, AL)
Walker’s Drive-In (Jackson, MS)
Woodberry Kitchen (Baltimore, MD)

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