Over the last several years, no other American region has quite captivated culinary obsessives like the South. Charleston chef Sean Brock has skyrocketed to global fame with his explorations of Lowcountry cooking and heirloom ingredients, while cities like Atlanta and Nashville now brim with kitchen talent.
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The interconnectedness of these southern cities also makes the region an ideal pathway for a food-centric road trip—spend no more than five or six hours in the car at a time and arrive in a new city with knockout fried chicken, gulf seafood, barbecue, and more. Follow this path through seven states and 10 cities to eat your way through the South: