• Atlanta spot named one of top Southern food restaurants in America

    By: Stephanie Toone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


    ATLANTA - OpenTable has scoured its user reviews once again to determine America’s connoisseurs of Southern cuisine − from the specialists of shrimp and grits to the champions of chicken and waffles. 

    On Tuesday, the dining review site released its highly-anticipated list of the 50 best Southern restaurants in America for 2018, which span across 14 states and Washington, D.C.  One of Atlanta’s favorite Southern and savory spots made it onto the elite list.

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    The top 50 list stems from OpenTable’s 12 million diner reviewers’ critiques of more than 27,000 restaurants. The compilation of restaurants, based off of reviews between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, consider all restaurants in the “Southern” cuisine category with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration, according to an OpenTable press release. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to their overall food rating.

    Southern states, as one would guess, dominated the list, with 10 states of the South making an appearance this year. Georgia has an impressive showing on the this year’s compilation, with five of the state’s best Southern eateries listed.


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    Atlanta’s own South City Kitchen, which opened in Midtown more than 20 years ago, was listed as one of the 50 best Southern restaurants in the country. With locations in Vinings, Buckhead, Midtown and recently opened Alpharetta, the restaurant has shown its taste and staying power in metro Atlanta. Apart of Atlanta’s Fifth Group, which includes restaurants like La Tavola Trattoria and Ecco, the restaurant offers a glimpse into “Southern cooking now,” Fifth Group partner Robby Kukler told the AJC in 2016.

    “We’ve always said South City is authentic but it has some modern flair,” he said. “It’s also about Southern hospitality. We thought, especially in this big, high-rise glass building, that it was very important to bring some warmth and a homey feel that ties into that. And like in a home, you can experience different things in different rooms.”

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    OpenTable diners are feeling South City’s Southern hospitality.

    “While winning restaurants are sprinkled throughout the nation, spots in southern states rightfully dominate the list, which works as a handy guide for travelers who want to eat their way through the region,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's chief dining officer said in a release. 

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    Take a look at the entire list of the 50 best Southern restaurants in America in 2018, according to OpenTable diners, below:

    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

    Boucherie – New Orleans, Louisiana

    Brennan's of Houston – Houston, Texas

    Cafe Dupont – Birmingham, Alabama

    Carrollton Market – New Orleans

    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

    Muriel's Jackson Square – New Orleans

    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 – Simpsonville, South Carolina

    Toutant – Buffalo, New York

    Urban Grub – Nashville, Tennessee

    Willa Jean – New Orleans

    Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – Multiple locations

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