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BEST Southern Restaurant

2017 BEST Southern Restaurant



Kitschy pan-southern spots keep popping up to capitalize on our thirst for whiskey and the idea that everything benefits from a dip in the fryolator. Yet Tupelo remains the most reliable hideaway for Cajun comfort cuisine. The soundtrack of Dixieland… read more»

2016 BEST Southern Restaurant

Holly Crab


Southern food isn’t just black-eyed peas and barbecue. There’s a world of regional variety below the Mason-Dixon line, particularly along the Gulf Coast, where the ethnic mosaic of Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Cajun influences resulted in cross-cultural seafood boils—typically mudbugs and… read more»

2015 BEST Southern Restaurant



The reserved atmosphere may be more Cambridge than New Orleans, but Tupelo’s southern flavors are right on. Owners Mike Walker and Renee McLeod serve authentic comfort-food classics like creamy pimiento cheese (the caviar of the South), hearty gumbo, and crunchy… read more»

2014 BEST Southern Restaurant



In a Yankee town full of solid southern eats, Estelle’s has emerged as the area’s standard-bearer, quietly cranking out the same pitch-perfect style of updated regional fare (shrimp po’ boys with green-tomato-corn chow chow, smoked-chicken-liver deviled eggs) that you might… read more»

2012 BEST Southern Restaurant

Hungry Mother


Hungry Mother effortlessly delivers on all the fundamentals of Deep South cooking—flaky biscuits topped with country ham; skillet-roasted chicken with creamy grits—but it’s the down-home hospitality that won us over. You’ll find us here on Thursday and Friday afternoons, when… read more»

1998 BEST Southern Restaurant



The name of the place means barbecue, and you’d have to be a fool or a vegetarian not to sink your teeth into a few of the ribs here. This Davis Square favorite also serves up the tastiest soul food… read more»