5 Great Southern Restaurants Outside the South
Now since the dust has settled on the rediscovery of Southern food and culture by the rest of the country, Southern restaurants (and menus featuring Southern dishes) found outside our region are not so much anomalous novelties as they are an equal part of the national dining landscape. Great barbecue in New York City or pimiento cheese in Portland are still fascinating, but not the cause for amazement that they once were, especially since the collective conscious conspired to add once-Lowcountry oddity shrimp and grits to what seems like 60 percent of the menus in America.
Although we can’t help but be a smidge extra judgmental of anywhere preparing fried chicken or succotash and, more importantly, biscuits up North or out West, there’s been a slew of Southern-style restaurants that have solidified themselves as bonafide. Here are five of our favorites.
In the land of lutefisk and lingonberries, Southern concepts have wilted like so many jasmine vines planted in an icy tundra. But at Revival, you will find some of the best fried chicken not just outside of the South, but in the country. Available in varying levels of heat, the hottest offering goes by “poultrygeist” because of its infused ghost pepper flavoring. The sides are not sidenotes either from johnny cakes to fried chicken livers and even a bowl of cornbread croutons. Genius. revivalfriedchicken.com