13 Things You Need to Eat in 2017

Are you ready for the New Year?

Cate Doty
Saw's Juke Joint
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Ready or not, 2017 is just a few weeks away. As you close the door on this tumultuous year (hopefully with a sparkly cocktail and a cookie plate), don’t forget to make a few eating resolutions. From mock cheese souffle to loaded biscuits and sandwiches, here are 13 can’t-miss things to eat, and where to eat them, in 2017.

  1. The Ladies’ Cabbage at McCrady’s Tavern, Sean Brock’s new restaurant in Charleston.
  2. Shrimp and grits over a giant biscuit drizzled with tasso ham gravy at the Fancy Biscuit in Richmond, Virginia.
  3. The mock cheese souffle from “Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long,” which the writer, cook and hostess published this year. This satisfying dish is simple and perfect: it’s just buttered white bread, cheese and eggs, with some Worcestershire sauce swirled in, baked until it’s golden bubbly.
  4. A sandwich at the Greenwood Grocery in Crozet, Virginia, just west of Charlottesville. The Wessex sandwich, loaded with Virginia ham and housemade chutney, is an homage to the Old Dominion state. It’s a messy, delicious affair that requires both hands. (Try the egg salad too.)
  5. The crab and garlic fried rice at Andrea Reusing’s outpost at the Durham Hotel.
  6. Pretty much anything at Staplehouse, Ryan Smith’s energetic restaurant in Atlanta, which Bon Appetit named America’s best new restaurant in 2016.
  7. A true, handmade Texas kolache, a Czech-Texan pastry made of sweet dough and filled with nearly anything, from sweet jam to sweet cabbage to chorizo. Try the Czech Stop on I-35 in West, Texas, or Weikel’s Bakery in La Grange. (If you’re stuck on the East Coast, get your fill at Republic Kolache in Washington or the Brooklyn Kolache Co. in Brooklyn.)
  8. A slice at Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, Vivian Howard’s new venture in Wilmington, North Carolina, scheduled to open by summer.
  9. The succulent smoked chicken with Alabama white sauce at Saw’s BBQ in Birmingham, with a side of coleslaw and another of their perfect greens.
  10. If you haven’t eaten at The Grey, Mashama Bailey’s ambitiously elegant restaurant in Savannah, change that in 2017. Start with a dandelion greens salad, follow with a lamb roti and round it out with fire-roasted fish.
  11. Marcus Jacobs and Caitlin Carney will serve their Southern-meets-Southeast Asian barbecue, tested on New Orleans eaters via a pop-up, at a brick-and-mortar joint there called Marjie’s Grill, scheduled to open this month.
  12. A Red Bird peppermint stick, or puff, made by the Piedmont Candy Co. in Lexington, North Carolina. Because they’re a tradition as Carolina as barbecue, they melt in your mouth, and it’s just not the holidays without one. Or a whole bag.
  13. A Tex-Mex apple pie—and you don’t have to go to the Lone Star State to get it.