204 Food Finds Across the Region

Our staff picks the South's best flavors.

Bakeries and Bread
1. Amon's Sugar Shack, Somerset, KY; (606) 679-7130. This doughnut shop and restaurant keeps winning national acclaim.
2. Café Du Monde, New Orleans, LA; (504) 525-4544 or www.cafedumonde.com. Making beignets famous since 1862.
3. Chuy's Hula Hut, Austin, TX; (512) 476-4852. Hand-tossed tortillas.
4. Dietz Bakery, Fredericksburg, TX; (830) 997-3250. Their homemade white bread often sells out by 10 a.m.
5. Donut Hole, Destin, FL; (850) 837-8824. Great doughnuts and pastries; loaves of raisin bread may be gone by noon.
6. Dutch Maid Bakery, Tracy City, TN; (931) 592-3171 or www.dutch-maid.com. Salt-rising bread in a country store setting.
7. Mrs. Hanes' Moravian Cookies, Clemmons, NC; 1-888-764-1402 or www.hanescookies.com. Cookies so light, they're like eating sugared air.
8. Otherlands Coffee Bar and Exotic Gifts, Memphis, TN; (901) 278-4994. Zucchini bread that is so fresh you can see the vegetables.
9. Serenity Farm Bread, Leslie, AR; (870) 447-2211. The aroma of the sourdough bread alone will win you over.
10. Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop, Baltimore, MD; (410) 685-4905 or www.vaccarospastry.com. Bottomless cups of coffee and all-you-can-eat desserts on Monday nights.
11. Yoders Bulk Foods, Sebree, KY; (270) 884-3111. Handmade loaf breads from an Amish bakery.

 

Beverages To Order
12. Boscos Squared, Memphis, TN; (901) 432-2222. A great brewpub.
13. Buffalo Rock, Birmingham, AL; (205) 942-3435 or www.buffalorock.com. The spicy ginger ale has refreshed since 1901.
14. Cheerwine, Salisbury, NC; www.cheerwine.com. A Carolina classic.
15. Grapette, Malvern, AR; www.grapette.com. Gaining fans since 1940.
16. Hub City Brewery, Lubbock, TX; (806) 747-1535. Terrific house brews.
17. Julep Restaurant & Bar, Jackson, MS; (601) 362-1411. Authentic mint juleps.
18. The Juniper, Birmingham, AL; (205) 323-0047. A huge selection of martinis--all as good as dessert.
19. King's Candies, Huntsville, TX; (936) 291-6988. The 1920s recipe for ice-cream soda still pleases.
20. Savage River Lodge, Frostburg, MD; (301) 689-3200 or www.savageriverlodge.com. Decadent chocolate martinis that make a sweet treat.
21. Zuni Grill, San Antonio, TX; (210) 227-0864 or www.zunigrill.com. Great margaritas on the River Walk.

 

Breakfast Spots
22. Big Ed's, Raleigh, NC; (919) 836-9909. Pancakes, syrup, and country ham are cheap and authentic at this down-home eatery.
23. Loveless Motel & Cafe, Nashville, TN; (615) 646-9700 or www.lovelesscafe.com. Biscuits and gravy good enough to sing about.
24. Bottletree Bakery, Oxford, MS; (662) 236-5000. Delicious ginger scones and sausage biscuits.
25. Eastern Market (South Hall), Washington, D.C.; (202) 547-8444 or www.easternmarket.net. Blue Bucks (blueberry-buckwheat pancakes) keep the crowds coming.
26. Flapjacks Pancake Cabin, Sevierville, TN; (865) 774-5374. Delicious pecan pancakes.
27. The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV; 1-800-624-6070 or www.greenbrier.com. Scottish-style poached fish in milk and chicken broth is a unique treat.
28. Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC; (843) 937-0930. Homemade banana or pumpkin ginger bread.
29. The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA; (804) 788-8000 or www.jefferson-hotel.com. The Sunday brunch buffet is worth every delicious calorie.
30. Lighthouse Café, Sanibel Island, FL; (239) 472-0303 or www.lighthousecafe.com. The seafood frittata delights locals.
31. Mallys Bagels 'n' Grits, Augusta, GA; (706) 736-0770. Garlic-cheese grits and loaded bagels at the place where "The North meets the South in perfect hominy."
32. Murphy's, Atlanta, GA; (404) 872-0904 or www.murphysvh.com. Delightful Eggs San Francisco comes with fresh spinach and is served on focaccia.
33. Pancake Pantry, Nashville, TN; (615) 383-9333. Sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon-cream syrup.
34. Queenie's, Tulsa, OK; (918) 749-3481. Locals love the basic breakfast of bacon, eggs, homemade muffins, and great coffee.
35. Woodlands Grill, Barnsley Gardens Resort, Adairsville, GA; toll free 1-877-773-2447 or www.barnsleyinn.com. The eggs Benedict is as satisfying as the setting.

 

Burger Meccas
36. Burger House, Dallas, TX; (214) 361-0370. The 1951 original location on Hillcrest is the best.
37. Burton Cafe, Burton, TX; (979) 289-3849. The fresh buns and toppings make it great.
38. Carlile's Barbecue, Birmingham, AL; (205) 254-9266. The burger stars at this barbecue spot.
39. Cotham's Mercantile, Scott, AR; (501) 961-9284. Burgers so big, they're called "Hub Caps."
40. Five Guys Old Town, Alexandria, VA; (703) 549-7991. Hand-formed patties with fabulous fries--plain or with Cajun spice.
41. Huey's Midtown, Memphis, TN; (901) 726-4372 or www.hueys.cc. The Midtown location serves the best burgers by far.
42. Kincaid's Hamburgers, Fort Worth, TX; (817) 732-2881. Burgers worth dreaming about.
43. The Latham Hotel, Washington, D.C.; (202) 726-5000. Order the hamburger from room service for a special treat.
44. Latitude, Greenville, SC; (864) 467-1101 or www.latitude-westend.com. Ask any local. The homemade prime rib burger is a lunchtime must.
45. O'Connell's Pub, St. Louis, MO; (314) 773-6600. Huge burgers made of chopped sirloin.
46. Port of Call, New Orleans, LA; (504) 523-0120. Burgers so big that they're difficult to bite.
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.
47. The Prince of Hamburgers, Dallas, TX; (214) 526-9081. Delicious handmade burgers served to you in your car.
48. Stamps Superburgers, Jackson, MS; (601) 713-3020. Turkey burgers that are just as good as beef ones.
49. Wunsche Bros. Cafe, Spring, TX; (281) 350-1902 or www.wunschebroscafe.com. An old-fashioned dive serving old-fashioned burgers.

 

Candies
50. Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, Daytona Beach, FL; (386) 252-6531. Try the handmade Honeybees--pecans and caramel covered in chocolate.
51. Atkinson's Candy Co., Lufkin, TX; www.atkinsoncandy.com. Famous for peanut butter treats since 1932.
52. Dolle's Candyland, Rehoboth Beach, DE; (302) 227-0757 or www.dolles-ibachs.com. Twelve flavors of saltwater taffy at this boardwalk icon.
53. Indianola Pecan House, Indianola, MS; 1-800-541-6252. Pralines and flavored pecans are perfect for parties.
54. Mary of Puddin Hill, Greenville, TX; 1-800-545-8889 or www.puddinhill.com. Old-fashioned pecan candies available by mail.
55. Morgan Price Candy Co., Decatur, AL; (256) 306-0910. Exquisite toffees.
56. The Original New Orleans Pralines by Leon, Nashville, TN; 1-800-771-9562 or www.leonscandy.com. Leon has invented the amaretto as well as the bourbon praline.
57. Priester's Pecans, Fort Deposit, AL; (334) 227-8355 or www.priesters.com. Pecan brittle is a popular treat.
58. Rebecca-Ruth Candy Factory, Frankfort, KY; 1-800-444-3766. Bourbon balls are our staff's favorite.
59. River Street Sweets, Savannah, GA; (912) 233-6220. We go here for the fudge.

 

Cheeses
60. Las Canarias, San Antonio, TX; (210) 518-1063. The cheese platter is an indulgent surprise at this River Walk restaurant.
61. Sweet Grass Dairy, Thomasville, GA; (229) 227-0752 or www.sweetgrassdairy.com. Handcrafted and farmstead cheeses available in markets or from the Web site.
62. Sweet Home Farm, Elberta, AL; (251) 986-5663. The best cheeses in Alabama.
63. Sweetwater Valley Farm, Philadelphia, TN; toll free 1-877-862-4332 or www.sweetwatervalley.com. Try the Tennessee Cheddar at this small family-owned farm.
64. Tiger Treats, Clemson University, Clemson, SC; (864) 656-3663. This agriculture college has been making memorable blue cheese for years.
65. Mozzarella Company, Dallas, TX; 1-800-798-2954 or www.mozzco.com. Texas' best fresh mozzarella.