204 Food Finds Across the Region

Our staff picks the South's best flavors.

Mexican
136. Dilworth's Tamales Shop, Corinth, MS; (662) 665-0833. Tamales here have reached legendary status.
137. El Azteca, Austin, TX; (512) 477-4701. Everyone packs this place for cabrito--barbecued goat.
138. El Taco Veloz, Atlanta, GA; (770) 936-9094. Enjoy the soft tacos with carnitas (little chunks of fried pork).
139. Fonda San Miguel, Austin, TX; (512) 459-4121. Order the Camarones en Salsa Verde (shrimp in spicy sauce).
140. L & J Café, El Paso, TX; (915) 566-8418. Green enchiladas reign supreme in this institution by the graveyard.
141. Mexico Joe's, Stillwater, OK; (405) 372-1169. Go for the flautas and made-fresh-daily salsa.
142. Mi Cocina, Dallas, TX; (214) 521-6426. Mama's Chicken Tacos come with melted cheese and fresh avocado.
143. Pedro's Tamales, Lubbock, TX; (806) 745-9531 or www.pedrostamales.com. Sirloin steak in a husk can be ordered at the drive-through.
144. Fat Mama's Tamales, Natchez, MS; (601) 442-4548. Get two dozen and plenty of napkins to go.
145. Reata, Fort Worth, TX; (817) 336-1009. Try the tenderloin tamale topped with pecan-pesto mash and sun-dried tomato cream sauce.
146. Rosario's, San Antonio, TX; (210) 223-1806. Cheese enchiladas served up in a hip atmosphere.
147. Walker's Drive-In, Jackson, MS; (601) 982-2633. A tamale kicked up 20 notches or so.

Name Brands
You shouldn't have to look much farther than your own neighborhood for most of these items.

148. Goo Goo Cluster, Nashville, TN; 1-800-226-4340 or www.googoo.com. For a cool treat on on a hot summer's night, enjoy one straight from the fridge.
149. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Winston-Salem, NC; 1-800-457-4779 or www.krispykreme.com. You know when to stop: "Hot Now!"
150. MoonPie, Chattanooga, TN; www.moonpie.com. Try a chocolate one after microwaving it for 10 seconds.
151. Slim Jim; www.slimjim.com. The original-flavor meat stick is great for a long road trip.
152. Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Winston-Salem, NC; www.texaspete.com. Flavor and taste with a zip of hot.
153. Zapp's Potato Chips, Gramercy, LA; 1-800-468-2447 or www.zapps.com. The Cajun Crawtaters bring a spice reminiscent of New Orleans.

 

Ribs from the Fire
154. Café Pig, Peachtree City, GA; (770) 486-9898. A family favorite in Georgia.
155. Charles Vergos Rendezvous, Memphis, TN; (901) 523-2746 or www.hogsfly.com. This landmark is filled with savory ribs and so much more.
156. Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ, Llano, TX; (325) 247-5713. Pick your slab of ribs directly from the pit outside.
157. Corky's Bar-B-Q, Memphis, TN; (901) 685-9744 or www.corkysbbq.com. The wet and dry ribs are so tender, the meat falls off the bones.
158. Daddy Joe's Beach House BBQ & Grill, Gaffney, SC; (864) 487-7427. You'll want to kiss the pig after trying the ribs at this joint.
159. Dreamland BBQ, Tuscaloosa, AL; (205) 758-8135 or www.dreamlandbbq.com. Big spare ribs with a red sauce that leaves a gentle burn.
160. McClard's Bar-B-Q, Hot Springs, AR; (501) 623-9665. Sauce has just enough sweet and spice to not overpower the meat.
161. Riscky's Barbeque, Fort Worth, TX; (817) 624-8662 or www.risckys.com. Meaty ribs served with a tangy sauce in the Stockyards.

Sandwiches
162. Black's Barbeque, Lockhart, TX; (512) 398-2712. The sliced meat brisket on white bread is worth the short drive out of Austin.
163. Central Grocery Co., New Orleans, LA; (504) 523-1620. Little old Italian grocery that claims to have created muffulettas in the 1930s.
164. Domilise's, New Orleans, LA; (504) 899-9126. Fried shrimp po'boy dressed with mayo, ketchup, lettuce, pickles, and hot sauce.
Note: This article has been updated on October 31, 2005. At this time, we are unable to reach this business (or homeowner) after Hurricane Katrina. Please contact us if you have any information regarding its status.
165. Eskimo Joe's Kitchen, Stillwater, OK; (405) 372-8896. Fowl Thing--grilled chicken topped with a pineapple ring.
166. Gilchrist, Birmingham, AL; (205) 871-2181. Egg salad and sliced green olive sandwich on toasted whole wheat.
167. Harbor View Café, Pass Christian, MS; (228) 452-3901. There's more shrimp than sandwich in the po'boy.
Note: This article has been updated on October 31, 2005. At this time, we are unable to reach this business (or homeowner) after Hurricane Katrina. Please contact us if you have any information regarding its status.
168. The 20/20 Diner at the Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN; (901) 722-3289. Call ahead to find out if they are serving the pear slices, fig chutney, Brie, and spinach sandwich of the day.
169. Wilber's Barbecue, Goldsboro, NC; (919) 778-5218. Chopped pork sandwich with extra sauce, within an hour of Raleigh.

 

Seafood So Good
170. Acme Oyster House, New Orleans, LA; (504) 522-5973. Some of the best raw and fried oysters anywhere.
Note: This article has been updated on October 31, 2005. At this time, we are unable to reach this business (or homeowner) after Hurricane Katrina. Please contact us if you have any information regarding its status.
171. Circa 1922, Wilmington, NC; (910) 762-1922. Fresh seafood ordered from a tapas-style menu.
172. Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant, Titusville, FL; (321) 268-5000 or www.dixiecrossroads.com. Rock shrimp and royal reds at a joint managed by one of the first female captains of a longline fishing vessel in the Southeast.
173. Dockside Dave's Grill, Madeira Beach, FL; (727) 392-9399. Grouper sandwich with a piece of fresh fish so big, it dwarfs the bun.
174. Drago's, Metairie, LA; (504) 888-9254. Charbroiled oysters, served on the half shell with butter and Parmesan sauce--easy on/off from I-10.
175. Ella's of Calabash, Calabash, NC; (910) 579-6728. Calabash fried seafood in a town where everyone is either catching seafood or cooking it.
176. Herby K's Restaurant, Shreveport, LA; (318) 424-2724. Shrimp Buster--fried shrimp and secret red sauce served atop French bread. It's a local legend.
177. High Tides at Snack Jack, Flagler Beach, FL; (386) 439-3344. Baskets of fried snook from a classic beach dive.
178. Holton's Seafood, Midway, GA; (912) 884-9151. This greasy spoon just off I-95 serves huge plates of fresh fried shrimp.
179. Indian Pass Oyster Bar, Port St. Joe, FL; (850) 227-1670. Don't be afraid to walk in, get your own drink out of the cooler, and order a dozen raw oysters.
180. Mangoes, Key West, FL; (305) 292-4606 or www.mangoeskeywest.com. Sit at a table on Duval Street, and dine on fresh fish of the day.
181. Nick's On the Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, FL; (850) 267-2117. Ask whether the snapper or grouper is freshest, and then order it grilled at this popular Highway 30-A gem.
182. Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar, Kitty Hawk, NC; (252) 261-2546. Best North Carolina grilled fish in a restaurant that's beachy and swanky all at once.
183. RioMar, New Orleans, LA; (504) 525-3474 or www.riomarseafood.com. Beat the crowds by ordering fresh mussels with chorizo at lunch.
Note: This article has been updated on October 31, 2005. At this time, we are unable to reach this business (or homeowner) after Hurricane Katrina. Please contact us if you have any information regarding its status.
184. The Ritz-Carlton, any location; www.ritzcarlton.com. Classic shrimp cocktail--simply one of the very best.
185. Snowbird Mountain Lodge, Robbinsville, NC; 1-800-941-9290 or www.snowbirdlodge.com. Pan-fried trout that tastes as fresh as the mountain air.
186. The Tides Inn, Irvington, VA; 1-800-843-3746. Oyster stew--it's like drinking cream laced with fresh oysters.
187. WaterColor Inn Beach Club, Seagrove Beach, FL; (850) 534-5040. Fried shrimp basket with spicy slaw--served poolside.
188. Wintzell's Oyster House, Mobile, AL; (251) 432-4605. Raw oysters at this classic Mobile landmark.

 

Uptown Food
189. Frank's Restaurant & Bar, Pawleys Island, SC; (843) 237-3030 or www.franksandoutback.com. Pan-seared scallops are melt-in-your-mouth good.
190. Galatoire's, New Orleans, LA; (504) 525-2021. The Crab Meat Maison is the best and one of the last real values for places of this stature in service and quality.
Note: This article has been updated on October 31, 2005. At this time, we are unable to reach this business (or homeowner) after Hurricane Katrina. Please contact us if you have any information regarding its status.
191. High Cotton Maverick Bar & Grill, Charleston, SC; (843) 724-3815 or www.high-cotton.net. The blue cheese grits side dish alone is worth the visit.
192. Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL; (205) 939-1400 or www.highlandsbarandgrill.com. Chef Frank Stitt's stone-ground baked grits sets the standard for all variations of this trademark.
193. Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC; (843) 937-0930 or www.hominygrill.com. Chicken livers with angel hair pasta are a tasty treat.
194. The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA; (540) 675-3800. Rare tuna fillet capped with seared foie gras--very, very expensive but oh so good and very worth it.
195. Joe's 2nd Street Bistro, Fernandina Beach, FL; (904) 321-2558 or www.joes2ndstreetbistro.com. Antelope with mushrooms, onions, and demi-glace makes a wonderful change from the usual coastal seafood fare.
196. Liberty Oak, Greensboro, NC; (336) 273-7057. The fried calamari is fresh, tender, and chewy without being overly so.
197. Louis's at Pawleys, Pawleys Island, SC; (843) 237-8757. Lobster and crab cakes with grainy mustard sauce.
198. The Red Fox Restaurant, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, WV; (304) 572-1111. Huntsman's Grille of elk, wild boar sausage, and pheasant vies with the view in this mountaintop bistro.
199. Skoby's, Kingsport, TN; (423) 245-2761 or www.skobys.com. Order the Blue Cheese Twin Tournedos in this quirky themed-room restaurant.

 

We Just Can't Resist
200. Elizabeth's Restaurant, New Orleans, LA; (504) 944-9272 or www.elizabeths-restaurant.com. Fried chicken livers with jalapeño jelly as well as sensational stuffed French toast.
Note: This article has been updated on October 31, 2005. At this time, we are unable to reach this business (or homeowner) after Hurricane Katrina. Please contact us if you have any information regarding its status.
201. Historic Grayson Stadium, Savannah, GA; (912) 351-9150 or www.sandgnats.com. Boiled--not roasted--peanuts while watching a minor league ballgame.
202. The Morrison-Clark Inn Restaurant, Washington, D.C.; (202) 898-1200 or www.morrisonclark.com. Hot-sweet pecans by chef Richard Thompson.
203. Panhandle Popcorn, Plainview, TX; 1-800-332-1365 or www.panhandlepopcorn.com. Vanilla popcorn with almonds and pecans.
204. Chitlin' Strut, Salley, SC; www.chitlinstrut.com. Festival of chitterlings held the Saturday after Thanksgiving.