The South’s Best Food Cities 2019
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As always, the competition proved fierce for Best Food City in this year’s South’s Best survey. Between power players like Charleston and underdogs like Birmingham, this year’s winners may have surprised our editors in how they ranked, but not in the caliber of their food scenes. New Orleans' tricentennial celebration last year reminded us that no other city in America can compare to its storied history in hospitality, and Nashville's continued explosion has brought in more women-helmed kitchens from Henrietta Red to Cafe Roze and Chaatable. Although they may be less lauded nationally, Richmond and Louisville have quietly been on the come-up. Both are now home to vibrant ecosystems where restaurants, coffee shops, cocktail bars, bakeries, and breweries interact and play off each other’s strengths. And of course perennial favorites from international food capitals like Atlanta and Austin to locavore destination Asheville made return appearances. See which cities made the list, and which spot might dethrone Charleston next year. Travel and Culture Editor Hannah Hayes tells you where to explore in each one.