Courtesy Neighborhood Dining Group
Spin-offs don't usually merit the fanfare of new restaurants, but Sean Brock has successfully taken his hyper-local Charleston concept and applied it to Tennessee with Husk Nashville (pictured here). Pokeweed fritters accompany the pimiento cheese, and they're just barrelling through gallons of Knoxville's Cruze Farm buttermilk. In Roanoke, Virginia, Aaron Deal channels Appalachia at The River and Rail: fried livermush, sorghum-glazed lamb ribs, rillettes (similar to pâte) of smoked mountain trout. And Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh delivers everything you want Miami to be: al fresco elegance, a hint of the tropics, and confidence without too much swagger. The almond gazpacho alone merits a visit.