Best of Boston

BEST Southern Restaurant

2016 BEST Southern Restaurant

Holly Crab

Allston

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

Tupelo

Cambridge

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

Estelle’s

Boston

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»

2013 BEST Southern Restaurant

Highland Kitchen

Somerville

This Somerville hangout’s cuisine is probably better described as “global southern” than “down-home.” The menu, after all, features coconut-curried goat stew and pork-belly tacos alongside classic grilled pork short ribs and grits, catfish po’ boys, and fully loaded jambalaya with… read more»

2012 BEST Southern Restaurant

Hungry Mother

Cambridge

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

Redbones

Somerville

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»