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Decatur named one of Southern Living’s top ten ‘Tastiest towns’

courtesy of Southern Living

courtesy of Southern Living

Back in October, John Kessler wrote a piece about Decatur’s emerging dining scene and named it “the city’s top new dining destination.” Now, Southern Living magazine echoes that sentiment by naming Decatur one of the top ten “Tastiest Towns in the South.”

In the January issue, on newsstands today, all ten towns are revealed. In addition to Decatur, the other spots recognized include:

  • Baltimore, MD: Restaurants with a fierce sense of place
  • Birmingham, AL: Includes local chef Frank Stitt, who changed the Southern culinary landscape
  • Charleston, SC: Iconic Lowcountry dishes and a thriving cocktail culture
  • Charlottesville, VA: Farm-to-table freshness in everything from tapas to spirits
  • Houston, TX: A diverse ethnic food scene with a new generation of tastemakers
  • Lafayette,LA: A new breed of hometown chefs diving into the region’s culinary roots
  • Louisville, KY: Surprising food, bourbon bars, and buzzy new neighborhoods
  • New Orleans, LA: Famed oyster bars, Gulf seafood and classic cocktails
  • Raleigh, NC: Fantastic farmers’ markets and chefs devoted to their culinary heritage

The magazine says that Decatur is “an emerging mecca for foodies who relish Dekalb Farmers Market and destinations like Cakes & Ale, Feast and the Iberian Pig.” Southern Living editors considered the following criteria when selecting the ten contenders:

  • Food as cultural identity
  • Growth of a culinary-minded community
  • Diverse cuisine at a variety of price points
  • Local, sustainable food practices
  • Hot chefs on the rise
  • Abundance of buzz-worthy food events

Southern Living will choose one winning town, which will be revealed in the April issue, along with profiles of each of the top ten. You can vote for your favorite once a day until January 31. Will you vote for Decatur?

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

9 comments Add your comment

Mel in Midtown

December 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Your “vote” link isn’t working.

Blog administrator

December 23rd, 2011
12:42 pm

@Mel in Midtown: Thanks for pointing out. Now fixed.

Coffee Tawk

December 23rd, 2011
1:53 pm

Bad Habit

December 23rd, 2011
2:08 pm

I am way ahead of Southern Living. Reservations at Feast tonight.


December 24th, 2011
3:57 pm

I’m surprised they didn’t lump Raleigh with Durham and Chapel Hill as those Research Triangle towns collectively have some great restaurants.

Reggie P

December 25th, 2011
8:36 am

I’ve been a Louisvillian for most of my life (31 y/o) and I tell you when you want: good food, good spirits; good people and a vast network of diverse food and beverage/ business contacts – on-the-go…LOUISVILLE, KY IS THE PLACE! We are the only state, surrounded by the most states so, if that’s any insight into how diverse and buzz-worthy we are; wait until the 1st Saturday of May and come to the DERBY…you will not want to leave Louisville! Thanks “Southern Living”. -Reggie P. II Muscle Marketing Group (c) 2010

david c

December 28th, 2011
1:51 pm

Now if Decatur only wasn’t Decatur.


December 28th, 2011
2:48 pm

David C.-obviously you haven’t been to Decatur recently, I think you are referring to the east side of Decatur where things get scary quick. Decatur is Decatur and living there is fantastic, the downtown square far surpasses what Brookhaven has to offer and is slowly becoming the place to dine and drink. Come on down and see us and you’ll see what I am talking about. Now if parking didn’t suck we would have this whole thing figured out. Haven’t read the entire article either but if it doesn’t mention Wahoo Grill, make sure you check that place out! Fantastic! Happy New Year!


December 29th, 2011
7:41 am

Yep, I’ll definitely vote for Decatur. Love 246.