Memphis Is Runner-Up For "Tastiest Town In The South" By Southern Living

Memphis Is Runner-Up For "Tastiest Town In The South" By Southern Living

The Bluff City Named Second Best "Tastiest Town in the South," out of 10 food destinations across the region.
Memphis is runner-up for the “Tastiest Town in the South,” according to the May issue of Southern Living.

Southern Living editors identified 10 of the most compelling food destinations across the region and let you, the consumer, decide the winner. Consumers could vote once per day from January 10th to February 28th. Durham, NC came in first, followed by Memphis.

“Memphis was recognized for its bountiful crossroads of ’cue, crops and rising culinary stars.”

“There’s no denying barbecue is at the heart of the River City’s food culture. Spots like Cozy Corner Restaurant and Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous are bucket-list destinations,” reports Southern Living. “But recently, a posse of talented young chefs has redefined the city’s flavor by blending local produce and the Southern larder with culinary traditions near and far.”

“The South's culinary scene has become richer and more diverse than ever,” said Southern Living Travel and Features Editor Jennifer Cole. “Whether you’re a native or a tourist, there's an endless variety of dishes, restaurants and local flavors to discover across our region.”

In this month’s issue, Southern Living editors share the culinary vibe of each destination, identify its star tastemaker, and cite where to go for the best bites and the best nightcap. Southern Living singles out Restaurant Iris, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy and Muddy’s Bake Shop.

The Southern Living 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” are:

Asheville, NC: Intrepid casual fare from a tight-knit, indie-chef community

Atlanta, GA: Tradition infused with global punch thanks to heritage-minded chefs

Austin, TX: Where smoke and swagger meet urban ethnic style with a twang
Charleston, SC: Hyper-attention to local sourcing and indigenous heirloom ingredients

Durham, NC: Artisans devoted to coffee beans, brews, and the craft of humble foods

Greenville, SC: Internationally inspired food with a locally owned, Main Street sensibility

Louisville, KY: Refined fare without pretense, in a town where bourbon is king

Memphis, TN: A bountiful crossroads of ’cue, crops and rising culinary stars

Miami, FL: A culinary Mrs. Robinson (mature, refined, sexier than ever) with a Southern accent

New Orleans, LA: A masterful, provocative gumbo of oysters and innovators

Southern Living editors identified the top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” based on the following criteria:

Food as a cultural identity: The unique food or ethnicity that defines a particular Southern region

Growth of a culinary-minded community: The influence that the culinary industry has on the local community and tourism

Diverse cuisine at a variety of price points: Accessibility to hearty, flavorful meals at any budget

The May issue of Southern Living hits newsstands on Friday, April 19th.

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