Charleston, SC has been named among the Top 10 "Tastiest Towns in the South," according to Southern Living magazine's January issue.
The South bursts with hometown flavor. Southerners are very proud of their hometown tastes which is why Southern Living brought to you the Top 10 "Tastiest Towns" in the South, a roundup of the most delicious destinations across the region.
As a resident of your apartment in Charleston, SC, it is up to you to vote for your city! Readers will determine the winner. Rally around your favorite hometown or food destination and cast your vote for the "Tastiest Town in the South".
"At Southern Living, we know there's no taste like home," said Editor Lindsay Bierman. "Particular foods and flavors define a city and region, starting right in your own mama's kitchen, and sometimes the most humble dish like a plate of grits will make its way onto a gourmet menu and become an outright tourist attraction…The forward-thinking cooks, chefs, artisans, and tastemakers in each of these established and emerging food scenes honor, preserve and enrich our region's distinct culinary traditions at every meal."
Charleston was cited for its iconic Lowcountry dishes and thriving cocktail culture. The magazine identified shrimp and grits, coconut cake and passionate chefs among the reasons Charleston made the list.
Southern Living chose the Top 10 "Tastiest Towns in the South" based on the following criteria:
- Food as a cultural identity: The unique food or ethnicity that defines a particular Southern region.
- Growth of a culinary-minded community: The influence that the culinary industry has on the local community and tourism.
- Diverse cuisine at a variety of price points: Accessibility to hearty, flavorful meals at any budget.
- Local, sustainable food practices: The focus on sourcing products from local purveyors to geographically define where each meal comes from.
- Hot chefs on the rise: The influence of the area's culinary talent in the media and pop culture.
- Abundance of buzz-worthy food events: The number of festivals in the area that celebrate all things food and drink.
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