These Are the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in the U.S., According to OpenTable

Chef's Bar at Cured in San Antonio, Texas
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Southerners know what to serve to comfort and satisfy your cravings. Fried chicken, crab cakes, and shrimp and grits are the kinds of food that do much more than just solve hunger.

And according to a new ranking, you don’t always have to go directly to the South to get the best Southern food. OpenTable on Tuesday released its list of the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018. The reservation platform determined the list based on diner reviews for more than 27,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

All restaurants in the “Southern” cuisine category with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to their overall food rating. The top 50 restaurants — listed alphabetically below — can be found in 14 states and Washington D.C.

Mr. B's Bistro in New Orleans, LA
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Louisiana tops the list with the most restaurants. Texas and North Carolina came in second, followed by Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia which all tied for third.

While Southern states claim the most restaurants on the list, you can also find some of the top-ranked establishments in states like New York, Philadelphia, and Illinois.

50 Best Southern Restaurants in the U.S.

Abel Brown – Augusta, Georgia

Acadiana – Washington, D.C.

Acre – Auburn, Alabama

Alligator Soul – Savannah, Georgia

Anson – Charleston, South Carolina

Antebellum – Flowery Branch, Georgia

Atchafalaya Restaurant – New Orleans, Louisiana

The Boil Waverly – New York, New York

Boucherie – New Orleans, Louisiana

Brennan’s of Houston – Houston, Texas

Cafe Dupont – Birmingham, Alabama

Carrollton Market – New Orleans, Louisiana

Circa 1886 – Charleston, South Carolina

Cured – San Antonio, Texas

Cypress Restaurant – Tallahassee, Florida

Distilled at The Sire Hotel – Lexington, Kentucky

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar – Charlotte, North Carolina

Fixe – Austin, Texas

High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge – West Chester, Pennsylvania

Highball & Harvest – Orlando, Florida

Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama

Hot and Hot Fish Club – Birmingham, Alabama

Ida Claire – Addison, Texas

Kitchen Notes – Omni Nashville – Nashville, Tennessee

The King’s Kitchen – Charlotte, North Carolina

Langdon’s Restaurant – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Madison’s – Highlands, North Carolina

Mandolin – Raleigh, North Carolina

Maple Tree Inn – Blue Island, Illinois

Merrick Inn – Lexington, Kentucky

Midtown Cafe – Nashville, Tennessee

Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro – Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Mr. B’s Bistro – New Orleans, Louisiana

Muriel’s Jackson Square – New Orleans, Louisiana

The Olde Pink House Restaurant – Savannah, Georgia

Preserved Restaurant – St. Augustine, Florida

Rapscallion – Dallas, Texas

Restaurant IRON – Pensacola, Florida

Restaurant R’evolution – New Orleans, Louisiana

Restaurant Rebirth – New Orleans, Louisiana

Root & Bone – New York, New York

RT’s Restaurant – Alexandria, Virginia

Rx Restaurant – Wilmington, North Carolina

South City Kitchen – Multiple locations

State of Grace – Houston, Texas

Stella’s Bistro – Simpsonville, South Carolina

Toutant – Buffalo, New York

Urban Grub – Nashville, Tennessee

Willa Jean – New Orleans, Louisiana

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – Multiple locations

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