Gone are the days when Southern cuisine meant home-cooked comfort food or greasy spoon fare. Chefs all around the South (including Texas) are reinventing, fusing and elevating Southern dishes and ingredients, making this region one of the best in the U.S. for foodies.
We asked USA TODAY 10Best readers to help us name the top 10 Southern Fine Dining establishments, and after four weeks of voting, the polls are closed and we have a winner!
Taking home top honors and the title of Best Southern Fine Dining is Cotton Row Restaurant in Huntsville, Ala. With Chef James Boyce at the helm, Cotton Row serves an always-changing menu of modern American fare.
Runner up River and Rail in Roanoke, Va. wins over diners with its elevated Southern, Appalachian and French traditional dishes, crafted weekly by Chef Aaron Deal.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Southern Fine Dining are as follows:
- Cotton Row Restaurant - Huntsville, Ala.
- River and Rail - Roanoke, Va.
- Cúrate - Asheville
- 404 Kitchen - Nashville
- Highlands Bar & Grill - Birmingham, Ala.
- Hot and Hot Fish Club - Birmingham, Ala.
- Proof on Main - Louisville
- Restaurant at Patowmack Farm - Lovettsville, Va.
- Clifton Inn - Charlottesville, Va.
- Cochon - New Orleans
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Larry Bleiberg (LarryBleiberg.com), Tanner Latham (AuthenticUsStories.com) and Lacy Morris (10Best Editor) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of travel in the American South.
Other nominees for Best Southern Fine Dining included 610 Magnolia in Louisville; Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn.; Empire State South in Atlanta; Husk Restaurant in Charleston; Kimball House in Decatur, Ga.; Little Serow in Washington; Miller Union in Atlanta; Rhubarb in Asheville; Rolf and Daughters in Nashville and Rose's Luxury in Washington.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo