Sophisticated Soul Food

It’s not often that the words ‘organic’ and ‘local food products’ are synonymous with the South; however, the owners of Alligator Soul restaurant, Hilary and Maureen Craig, are bringing a new spin of healthier food options to the Savannah, Georgia area. Their Seattle, Washington restaurant by the same name quickly made Zagat’s “Best Places to Eat in the Northwest” list, and we’re excited to now have this sophisticated Southern food spot in our own back yard. With their extensive menu offering your Southern favorites and exotic cuisine such as [... more]

Where Tye-Dyes and Neckties Unite

“Buffalo fried tofu” isn’t exactly something you hear every day. That is, unless you’re Chef Brandon Cruze at the Sunspot restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee. “Where tie-dyes and neckties unite” is their quirky tagline, mainly because of the diverse menu that caters to an array of lifestyles and food preferences. Featuring a wide variety of Southwestern, Caribbean, and Latin American-inspired cuisines, Sunspot combines unique flavors for both vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.   Start out with their signature tomatillo salsa and tortilla chips on the rooftop patio, but we hear the Roasted Pork Burrito and [... more]

The (Not So) Ordinary Restaurant

Make a different kind of withdrawal from this South Carolina bank turned not-so-ordinary restaurant. Featuring Southern seafood and an oyster bar, The Ordinary makes everyday cuisine feel new and fresh. The Ordinary is on the frontlines of the farm-to-table movement, and they take their food very seriously. Only traditional methods and the freshest ingredients are used to create each dish, overcoming many of the old seafood and oyster bar stigmas. Each of their wines and cocktails are also hand-picked, paired to perfectly compliment the raw oysters and seafood.     According to Charleston City [... more]

Feelin’ Squirrely

Chattanooga, Tennessee, is known for its rolling hills, Civil War history, and top ranked aquarium – but what about for its bar scene? The Flying Squirrel has become quite the hot spot for the city’s young professionals and savvy visitors alike, and for good reason. The venue’s modern architecture and décor stunningly combines steel beams, wooden bars tops, and massive glass windows, allowing for a cozy yet chic atmosphere. Even more impressive? The menu. Bar food takes a sophisticated turn with options like duck tacos, crab rolls, and meat [... more]

Peche: Keeping An Old Flame Burning

If you find yourself in downtown New Orleans this summer, consider the Warehouse District at the corner of Magazine and Julia Streets. That’s where you’ll find the Peche Seafood Grill, and Chef Ryan Prewitt’s masterful menu. Old school cooking styles, unique dishes, and a sophisticated modern look are just a few of things that led to this rustic-style eatery earning the James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant” in the United States. Using live-fire cooking techniques, Prewitt keeps an open hearth of carefully stoked hardwood coals, which also allows for a unique show as you await your [... more]

Nashville’s New Sinema

Nashville’s brand new restaurant Sinema opened June 27 and has some big plans. Its goal is to provide an accessible fine dining experience with modern spins on classic dishes. The menu is full of a diverse arrangement of American foods, while staying unique to Nashville traditions and flavors. Dale Levitski, winner of many awards and the runner-up on the third season of Top Chef, came down from Chicago to start Sinema and has been working hard with Q-Juan Taylor to mesh hospitality with fine dining. The interior [... more]

Road Trip-Worthy Tacos

If you’re hungry for authentic Southern, Southwestern, and Mexican fare, then you may want to join the line outside Taqueria del Sol. At first glance, you realize this isn’t your usual dining establishment. Lines often snake outside the door, but thankfully tables turn over very quickly. The popular restaurant wows with savory from-scratch dishes served quickly within a casual setting. Menu options include the Brisket, a flour tortilla with shredded beef topped with pico de gallo, and the Memphis, a juicy, smoked and chopped pork soft taco [... more]

Raleigh’s Newest Draw

Though it may not boast a fancy name, the Raleigh Warehouse District has transformed into one of the hottest spots in North Carolina. Though originally built as an industrial zone, the six-block district filled with spacious, old brick buildings now hosts several retail shops, businesses, restaurants, and art galleries. Some of the most popular creative spots include the Litmus Gallery & Studios and the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh. For good eats, locals and visitors flock to Tuscan Blu for fine Italian cuisine and Humble Pie for jazz [... more]

Magic City Music

Though open just one year, Iron City Birmingham Bar & Grill has already become one of the Magic City’s hottest spots for nightlife. Capable of comfortably holding more than 1,000 people, Iron City plays host to many up-and-coming musical artists, as well as established musicians of all genres such as Kid Ink, Buckcherry, and Earl Sweatshirt. Located in the heart of downtown, the modern venue features not only two full-service bars and live music, but also an impressive eatery that strives to produce “a white tablecloth experience [... more]

Memphis’ Culinary Cohorts

The story of Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman began long before the duo opened their now-famous restaurants Hog & Hominy and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen. Andrew and Michael grew up in similar circles in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and shared much in common. Born just one year apart, the two played competitive sports against one another in high school. Both grew up in large, traditional Italian families, families that loved the cuisine from their native country and their Southern region, and celebrated those cultures through food. [... more]

Food Truck Paradise

The last decade has seen an astounding increase in the popularity of food trucks in cities, at festivals, in parks—and really everywhere. One of the hottest spots for enjoying the food-truck revolution, the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market offers 32 trucks to choose from. With nearly every food type imaginable—including pizza, Mexican fare, BBQ, hot dogs, French fries, and ice cream—the park satisfies any food craving. Some of the trucks vend various other products, from farmer’s market fresh produce to bakery-quality pastries, natural bath and body [... more]

Ciao, Y’all!

What do you get when you combine Italian cooking and Southern flare? Luckily for Memphians, really good food. Though just a few years old, Hog & Hominy, a cool eatery in East Memphis, Tennessee, has already received many noteworthy awards for their inventive cuisine. Among the accolades, GQ named H&H one of the most outstanding restaurants of 2013, while Conde Nast Traveler placed it among The Best New Restaurants in the American South. The menu emphasizes this unique Italian-Southern fusion with offerings ranging from Quattro Formaggi to [... more]

Durham’s Spanish Flavor

Durham, North Carolina, is widely known for its intricate architecture and captivating cathedrals. However, visitors to this college town should not miss another gorgeous gem—Mateo Bar de Tapas, a restaurant on West Chapel Hill Street that is the talk of the town. Located in the old Book Exchange building, the eatery features a modern rustic décor and an inviting atmosphere, making it the ideal place to grab a drink with friends at the polished wood bar or settle into one of the plush booths to bask in [... more]

Less Is More

Union Common, the soon-to-open restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, bills itself as “a non-traditional steakhouse.” This may sound like an oxymoron since you can’t get much more traditional than steak, but unlike conventional steakhouses, Union Common will forsake the monster-size portions mentality for a fresh approach: small, shared plates. Considered a “social concept steakhouse,” Union Common encourages group dining. Brett Davis, one of the owners, explains, “We chose the name ‘Union Common’ because we want it to be about people coming together and breaking bread, sharing their time [... more]

Texas Tradition

In Texas, the state of cowboys and cattle, you expect real American chuck-wagon food. And at the Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, you get it. The Perini family has been serving up delicious cowboy cuisine since 1983, but they made national headlines in 1995 with their Ranch Mesquite Smoked Peppered Beef Tenderloin (the New York Times named it the mail-order gift of the year). Called the true taste of Texas, the signature beef tenderloin is shipped fully cooked to every corner of the country. We prefer [... more]

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