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Nine AMAZING dining experiences in the South

Posted on May 24 2017

From Virginia to Texas, Southern USA Has Some of the Best Food in the Country!


There is no better place to eat out than in The South; From heavenly and universally appealing comfort foods to your very own favorites, no place does it like the southern states! Creative chefs all over the South are busy at work coming up with gastronomically pleasing delights. Whether it's delectable soul food or the most mouth-watering barbecue around. Let's take a look at some of the best out there!  

One last thing...Be sure to wear all of your gorgeous B.BéNI jewelry you go out!


Dooky Chase's Restaurant

New Orleans, LA

Led by world famous chef, Leah Chase this family restaurant serves up an incredible array of creole and soul food in a restaurant atmosphere full of local art. You may enjoy a luncheon buffet of red beans & rice and perfect, crispy fried chicken or ordering off the menu for a bowl of her famous crab, sausage, shrimp, and chicken-laden gumbo. Many choices, and all so delectable!


Smithtown Seafood

Lexington, KY

For some of the best seafood around you simply must check out Smithtown Seafood! One of Lexington's newest farm-to-table restaurants shares space in a former Rainbo bread factory with West Sixth Brewery, Smithtown serves luscious  tilapia, which is raised on-site and fed on spent grain. One of chef Ouita Michel's restaurants, so it's far more than just fried fish. Indulge in the catfish in cornmeal or shrimp & grits, both featuring products from nearby Weisenberger Mill.



Charleston, SC

Located in historic downtown Charleston, this award-winning restaurant focuses on lowcountry cuisine, with James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock ‘s motto “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door.” That’s not referring to the diners, of course, who hail from all over the US.


The Roosevelt

Richmond, VA

The Roosevelt’s website bears the simple phrase, “Stop by and say hi,” which manages to convey the whole Southern hospitality spirit that the Roosevelt has. Enjoy the gorgeous century-old building in a relaxed and welcoming neighborhood spot. Whether it’s over pimento cheese with pork rinds and a Seersucker cocktail (bourbon, sweet tea syrup) or the double cheeseburger with bacon onion jam, you will savor every bite and walk away pleasantly stuffed!


Big Bad Breakfast

Oxford, MS

Crowned Best Breakfast in Mississippi on several occasions, Big Bad Breakfast has some unbelievably tasty signature food. After enjoying a breakfast feast here you will never look at breakfast the same! With its big bag breakfast plates, there are options ranging from shrimp and grits, quesadillas, to big bad skillets, so make sure you come with a major appetite. You may find yourself saying ‘lard have mercy’, as their slogan goes, but the taste of their breakfast will have you wanting more. If you want to have something a bit healthier, there’s grapefruit, salad and oatmeal available too.


Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

Nashville, TN

This is the grandaddy of them all. Nashville, Tennessee is famous for their Hot Chicken! The best out there is the famous Prince's Hot Chicken Shack! In Nashville, Tennessee, Prince's is renowned for its hot chicken. The business was started in 1945 by James Thornton Prince, who started serving the legendary fiery chicken over 70 years ago, Prince's is the original 'Hot Chicken Shack.', and was even honored as a 2013 James Beard Foundation America's Classic. Now they've opened a second location in south Nashville, giving hot chicken fanatics even more opportunities to indulge.



Auburn, AL

You will find more than just a football-obsessed college town in Auburn, Alabama. Located in the beautiful, historic downtown, Acre is a restaurant dedicated to bringing the community upscale takes on traditional dishes. Its dining room is bright and open, with simple decor, neutral colors, and huge windows that let sunlight flood in. The menu at Acre is full of reinvented Southern classics, like deep fried gouda grits, Mississippi catfish tacos, and bourbon chocolate pecan pie. Sit back with one of their signature cocktails, like the Chilton co. peach julep, and bask!


Pecan Lodge

Dallas, TX

Enjoy the most award-winning BBQ around! Smoked in a pit and steeped in time-honored tradition, it is absolutely scrumptious. Husband and wife, Diane and Justin Fourton are great hosts at the extremely popular full-service location in Deep Ellum. The brisket is luscious; the beef ribs sublime. Crunchy fried chicken is well worth the calories as are any of the sides. They also offer a curated wine list. Dinner and live music on Friday and Saturday nights!



Atlanta, GA

Chef Kevin Gillespie’s restaurant, Gunshow, offers a dramatic, new take on the traditional dining experience. Inspired by Brazilian churrascaria-style dining and Chinese dim sum, Kevin combined the two for a decidedly fun and delicious result. Dishes are presented on rolling carts and trays to diners at their tables where they can then decide what to order. Pricing is a la carte. Along with an innovative dining experience, the restaurant’s design is also unique. With few walls and a highly visible kitchen, kevin and the talented team have managed to create a sense of complete openness throughout Gunshow.

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