Southern Living Deputy Editor—and intrepid restaurant scout—Jennifer V. Cole hit the road to determine the top 100 places to eat in the South now. The list highlights Jennifer's favorite restaurants for 2014, both new and old, in her most frequented towns. This list is always evolving, so follow @jennifervcole on Twitter for her latest stops.
What To Order: Anything.
I know that’s an easy out, but at this restaurant I really mean it. Chef Lee Gregory diligently executes dishes that both nourish and inspire. On one visit, the daily special was pork crackling gnocchi, with country ham, collards, boiled peanuts, and potlikker jus. For the not-at-all-pedestrian wings, Lee confits the chicken, then smokes it, then fries it, and dresses it in Alabama white sauce and house-made hot sauce. Lee’s food is elegant but not fussy; approachable but not low-brow. And that “order anything” attitude? Just go ahead and apply that to the cocktail list as well.
623 North 25th Street; rooseveltrva.com