With influences from a wide variety of cultures – Native American, African, Spanish and French, to name a few – the South’s cuisine is bursting with personality.
Look for West Virginia’s wild leek, the ramp, or the native Golden Delicious apple as star ingredients on restaurant menus. Put peaches on your must-taste list in Georgia. Try Cajun and Creole dishes in Louisiana, and sample spirits along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Try a plate of spice-rubbed burnt ends, made from smoky beef brisket, in Kansas City, Missouri, or sample roasted pork with a tangy vinegar and pepper sauce in Lexington, North Carolina. Bite into shrimp and grits in South Carolina, or savor a farm-to-table meal at an independent restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama.
Enjoy creative takes on the freshest seafood at a beachfront restaurant along the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean or Chesapeake Bay.