Now since the dust has settled on the rediscovery of Southern food and culture by the rest of the country, Southern restaurants (and menus featuring Southern dishes) found outside our region are not so much anomalous novelties as they are an equal part of the national dining landscape. Great barbecue in New York City or pimiento cheese in Portland are still fascinating, but not the cause for amazement that they once were, especially since the collective conscious conspired to add once-Lowcountry oddity shrimp and grits
to what seems like 60 percent of the menus in America.
Although we can’t help but be a smidge extra judgemental of anywhere preparing fried chicken or succotash and, more importantly, biscuits up North or out West, there’s been a slew of Southern-style restaurants that have solidified themselves as bonafide. Here are five of our favorites.