Food

Move Over, Colonel: The Best Fried Chicken in the South

Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Mason, TN; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA

No, Colonel, you didn’t make our list, but we sincerely hope you would approve of our roundup of some of the best fried chicken in the South

What the South Taught This Yankee

If he or she travels enough or lives long enough in the South, even a Yankee can start to catch on to some of the, ahem, particularities of Southern living

Soul Food: The Heart of Southern Cuisine

Micanopy, Florida

While soul food, like all foodways, took cues from other inspirations, it can genuinely be considered America’s first original and most authentic cuisine

Warm-the-Insides Wintertime Soups

Montgomery, Alabama

Chilly temps are here, bringing with them the desire to dive into some favorite savory liquid meals

Preserves: The Soul of Summer in Southern Winters

Union, West Virginia

Southerners have long had to figure out means of providing ample food through the winter when food is scarce

Slow and Low: The Original South Carolina Barbecue

South Carolina

Every Southern state tries to claim the title of Best Barbecue, but in South Carolina the proof is in the facts. With the longest history and the largest variety of sauces, SC is the uncontested capital of slow and low barbecue.

Citrus Christmas: A Sweet Southern Tradition

For generations, stretching back further than our history books, we Southerners have filled our Christmas stockings with sweet, seasonal citrus. But why?

Give ’Em Food: Food Gifts for Christmas

Montgomery, Alabama

When you share the fruits of your labor with someone, it means so much more than anything you could have bought

Tradition and Taste: An Appalachian Christmas Breakfast

Flag Pond, Tennessee; Marshall, North Carolina

In 2013, my 82-year-old mother looked at her Christmas morning plate and said, “I’ve eaten this same meal on this same day for eighty consecutive years.”

Lighting the Way for Papa Noel: St. James’s Bonfire Capital of the World

Gramercy, Louisiana

Who needs electricity? Nobody lights up Christmas quite like the river folk of southern Louisiana

Farm and Fashion: How Thomasville Became a “New South” Leader

Thomasville, Georgia

With a solid, visible, and organic connection to its past, this New South city always seems to be one innovative step ahead as well

Sweet Southern Chocolate

Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Baltimore, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; Little Rock, Arkansas

Chocolate making has traditionally been a Northern business, but these bean-to-bar experts in cacao are proving the South can do chocolate