So many of our editors' favorite restaurants made this year's South’s Best Restaurants list, which were chosen by the Southern Living community. 22,000 passionate Southerners, to be exact. The Southern dining scene grows more interesting each year as talented chefs inspire us, not only be elevating classic regional foods but also by blending those dishes with cooking traditions from their own heritage. For example, you might find Stone Ground Baked Grits with country ham, mushrooms, and fresh thyme at Highlands Bar and Grill–the crowd favorite in Birmingham, Alabama.
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For Southerners, food is equal parts flavor and emotion, connecting us with people and places we love. That's what's so special about these Southern restaurants–they each have a story to tell. From Alabama to West Virginia, check out the restaurnats that have made your favorites this year.