What Are The 50 Best Southern Restaurants In The U.S.?

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With only 50 lazy, hazy days of summer remaining as of this week, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), today unveiled the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018. Featuring restaurants across 14 states and Washington D.C., including ten in the South, the list evokes all the joys of summer picnic fare without having to break a sweat.

While Southern states claim the most number of restaurants on the list, with Louisiana in the lead with eight, northern and mid-western states including New York, Philadelphia, and Illinois prove that Southern hospitality can take root anywhere. From Café Dupont's famed fried chicken in Birmingham, Alabama and Antebellum's mouth-watering shrimp and grits in Flowery Branch, Georgia to Acadiana's soft shell crabs in Washington, D.C. and Maple Tree Inn's Étouffée in Blue Island, Illinois, diners don't have to venture too far this summer to find the best Southern fare near them.

50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018

Abel BrownAugusta, Georgia
AcadianaWashington, D.C.
AcreAuburn , Alabama
Alligator SoulSavannah, Georgia
AnsonCharleston, South Carolina
AntebellumFlowery Branch, Georgia
Atchafalaya RestaurantNew Orleans, Louisiana
The Boil WaverlyNew York, New York
BoucherieNew Orleans, Louisiana
Brennan's of HoustonHouston, Texas
Cafe DupontBirmingham, Alabama
Carrollton MarketNew Orleans, Louisiana
Circa 1886Charleston, South Carolina
CuredSan Antonio, Texas
Cypress RestaurantTallahassee, Florida
Distilled at The Sire HotelLexington, Kentucky
Dogwood Southern Table & BarCharlotte, North Carolina
FixeAustin, Texas
High Street Caffe & Vudu LoungeWest Chester, Pennsylvania
Highball & HarvestOrlando, Florida
Highlands Bar & GrillBirmingham, Alabama
Hot and Hot Fish ClubBirmingham, Alabama
Ida ClaireAddison, Texas
Kitchen Notes – Omni NashvilleNashville, Tennessee
The King's KitchenCharlotte, North Carolina
Langdon's RestaurantMount Pleasant, South Carolina
Madison'sHighlands, North Carolina
MandolinRaleigh, North Carolina
Maple Tree InnBlue Island, Illinois
Merrick InnLexington, Kentucky 
Midtown CafeNashville, Tennessee
Mozelle's Fresh Southern BistroWinston-Salem, North Carolina
Mr. B's BistroNew Orleans, Louisiana
Muriel's Jackson SquareNew Orleans, Louisiana
The Olde Pink House RestaurantSavannah, Georgia
Preserved Restaurant   – St. Augustine, Florida
RapscallionDallas, Texas
Restaurant IRONPensacola, Florida
Restaurant R'evolutionNew Orleans, Louisiana
Restaurant RebirthNew Orleans, Louisiana
Root & BoneNew York, New York
RT's RestaurantAlexandria, Virginia
Rx RestaurantWilmington, North Carolina
South City Kitchen – Multiple locations
State of GraceHouston, Texas
Stella's Bistro – SimpsonvilleSimpsonville, South Carolina
ToutantBuffalo, New York
Urban GrubNashville, Tennessee
Willa JeanNew Orleans, Louisiana
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – Multiple locations


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