March 11, 2020

Charleston Named No.1 City in the South

Southern Living Announces Its South's Best Survey Results Revealing Readers' Favorite Cities, Towns, Hotels, Restaurants, Shopping and More Across the South

4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park, FL Wins for Best BBQ; Alewife in Richmond, VA Tops the List of Best New Restaurants

Meredith Corporation's Southern Living announced the winners of its fourth annual South's Best Awards, recognizing readers' favorite Southern destinations and experiences.

This year's survey results reveal the best Southern Bars, BBQ Joints, Catfish, Cities, Hotels, Neighborhoods, Restaurants, Scenic Drives, Stores and Towns.

"At Southern Living, we're passionate about celebrating the extraordinary experiences that define Southern hospitality," said Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living. "Our goal is to identify the destinations our readers are loving the most right now—places that represent the very best of the South. This year's awards are a unique mix of newcomers and longtime favorites."

Highlights of Southern Living's 2020 South's Best Awards survey results are as follows:

South's Best Cities Overall – The Top 10

  1. Charleston, SC
  2. Savannah, GA
  3. Nashville, TN
  4. New Orleans, LA
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Asheville, NC
  7. Alexandria, VA
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Richmond, VA
  10. Tallahassee, FL
South's Best Food City: New Orleans, LA

TOWNS South's Best Small Town: Williamsburg, VA
South's Best Beach Town: Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
South's Best Mountain Town: Gatlinburg, TN
South's Best College Town: Athens, GA

South's Best Neighborhood:
Thomas Square (Savannah, GA)

South's Best New Hotel:
The Dewberry (Charleston, SC)
South's Best Historic Hotel: The Peabody Memphis (Memphis, TN)
South's Best Resort: The Inn on Biltmore Estate (Asheville, NC)

South's Best New Restaurant:
Alewife (Richmond, VA)
South's Best Classic Restaurant: Commander's Palace (New Orleans, LA)
South's Best Local Restaurant: The Grey (Savannah, GA)

South's Best Bar:
Alley Cat Lounge (Savannah, GA)
South's Best Dive Bar: Green Parrot Bar (Key West, FL)

South's Best Catfish:
Taylor Grocery (Taylor, MS)

South's Best Bookstore:
E. Shaver, Bookseller (Savannah, GA)
South's Best Garden Shop: Tallahassee Nurseries (Tallahassee, FL)
South's Best Boutique: Magnolia Market at The Silos (Waco, TX)

South's Best Scenic Drive:
Blue Ridge Parkway (NC/VA)

South's Best BBQ Joint Overall:
4 Rivers Smokehouse (Winter Park, FL)
South's Best BBQ Joints by State:

Dreamland Bar-B-Que (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Arkansas: McClard's Bar-B-Q (Hot Springs, AR)
Florida: 4 Rivers Smokehouse (Winter Park, FL)
Georgia: Wiley's Championship BBQ (Savannah, GA)
Kentucky: Starnes Barbecue (Paducah, KY)
Louisiana: The Joint (New Orleans, LA)
Mississippi: The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint (Ocean Springs, MS)
Missouri: Pappy's Smokehouse (St. Louis, MO)
North Carolina: Buxton Hall Barbecue (Asheville, NC)
Oklahoma: Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue (Stillwater, OK)
South Carolina: Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ (Charleston, SC)
Tennessee: Peg Leg Porker (Nashville, TN)
Texas: The Salt Lick BBQ (Driftwood, TX)
Virginia: Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que (Williamsburg, VA)
Washington D.C.: Hill Country Barbecue Market (Downtown, D.C.)

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