When it comes to food, the South knows how to do it right. It’s not only about taking the time to prepare delicious meals, but also about taking the time to savor everything on the table. And when we say everything, we mean everything; the portions are huge! For an authentic taste of the region, hit the road for these tried-and-true spots.
Commanders Palace (New Orleans, LA)One of the south’s most iconic eateries — in terms of its cuisine, service, and appearance —Commanders Palace is totally old-school cool. From the famous turtle soup and bread pudding souffle to entrees like pecan crusted gulf fish and chicory coffee lacquered quail, Chef Tory McPhail’s menu is impeccable.
Stubb’s BBQ (Austin, TX)
Satisfy your cravings for brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and just about any other type of smoked meat at Stubb’s, a Texas institution since 1968. While you can get your fix any day of the week. Sunday’s Gospel Brunch offers live music, a “make your own” Bloody Mary bar, and a full buffet. The restaurant also plays host to concerts from a variety of popular bands and artists.
Loveless Cafe (Nashville, TN)
You might need to be rolled out of this restaurant, where breakfast is the name of the game. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on its world-famous biscuits and jam. If you have to wait for a table, marvel at the autographs from celebrity visitors that cover the walls. Or, check out the fun gift shops on the property and find yourself a southern souvenir!
Poogan’s Porch (Charleston, SC)
Fill up for brunch, lunch, or dinner in a charming townhouse setting at Poogan’s Porch, in the heart of downtown Charleston. Here, you’ll find upscale comfort food, like she crab soup, fried chicken, shrimp and grits. The restaurant is also well-known for its wide variety of wines, as there is a cellar right on premise.
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (Savannah, GA)
It’s not a true southern vacation until you’ve hit a buffet, right? Established in 1943, Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room in downtown Savannah serves up heaps of down-home favorites, including meatloaf, mac and cheese, and collard greens. Pick up a cookbook at the on-site store so you can recreate your favorite items at home!