Food & Wine
Taste of the South

Taste of the South March - April 2016

Taste of the South helps you savor the unique dishes, cooking personalities and culinary destinations of the South - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! For readers who love Southern cooking or simply experimenting with new flavors, this magazine is a guidebook. Taste of the South is for those who have a passion for good food, at home and on the road. Every issue is a guide to Southern lifestyle.

United States
Hoffman Media
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1 min.
from the editor

AS MY FAVORITE SONGWRITER, EMILY SALIERS, SAYS, “There’s something about the Southland in the springtime.” From the far reaches of Texas to the bayous of Cajun country, over the rolling hills of the Mountain South, and all the way out to the coastal plains of Florida and the Lowcountry, our homeland wakes from its winter slumber, transforming into a vibrant tapestry of life, color, and flavor, just begging to be explored. For our first Foodie Travel Issue, we’ve picked out a tasty itinerary for you—35 iconic restaurants to add to your bucket list (page 45), culinary trails to explore (page 13), opulent hotels that are bringing back the lost art of hotel dining (page 57), and the South’s best soda fountains that are serving up nostalgia by the scoopful (page 84). But…

2 min.
5 great reasons why you should go coast

1 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Paddle down the bayou in a canoe or kayak to see the natural beauty of the Coast. Learn about birds and other wildlife with a visit to the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. Fish from a pier or marina, or charter a boat for the day and discover the thrill of deep-sea fishing. Or leave the rod and reel behind and sail the seas on a Mississippi Gulf Coast boat cruise. 2 CULTURALLY INCLINED From blackened redfish to a steak smothered in crabmeat, the Gulf Coast is home to some of the freshest seafood you'll find, so stop by one of the many locally owned restaurants for a memorable meal. Then wander around the quaint downtown area of Ocean Springs, which boasts great shopping, including specialty boutiques and art galleries. Immerse…

1 min.
culinary trails

SURRY SONKER TRAIL Unless you hail from Surry County, North Carolina, you might never have heard of sonker. Similar to a cobbler, the sonker is believed to have come about when the people of Surry County needed to stretch their fruit in lean times. Introduce your taste buds to something new, and follow the Surry Sonker Trail, which features seven eateries, including two bakeries, a winery, coffee shop, historic general store, barbecue restaurant, and an upscale casual steakhouse. sonkertrail.org KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL The Kentucky Bourbon Trail gives visitors a firsthand look at the art and science of crafting bourbon, bringing to life the rich history and tradition behind Kentucky’s signature spirit. Nine distilleries anchor the trail, including Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, and Maker’s Mark; each stop includes a distillery tour and bourbon tasting.…

1 min.
prep + provisions

HONEY CITRUS MARMALADE North Carolina-based Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon specializes in handcrafted jams and preserves, working with small local farms to support sustainable agriculture. We love their Honey Citrus Marmalade—fresh ruby red grapefruit and naval oranges blend beautifully with North Carolina honey to create this delightfully tangy treat. $8.50; squareup.com/market/copper-pot-and-wooden-spoon PEANUT DEPOT ROASTED PEANUTS Open since 1907, Birmingham, Alabama-based Peanut Depot uses antique roasters to prepare peanuts the old-fashioned way in one of three flavors: fresh roasted, salted, and Cajun. Their store, located on historic Morris Avenue, makes a fun stop on your Southern road trip. $11; peanutdepot.com GEORGIA BLUEBERRY BALSAMIC REDUCTION Get a little taste of Italy with a decidedly Southern twist. A&A Alta Cucina produces a number of condiments and sauces that are all handmade in small batches using Georgia ingredients. Their…

1 min.
side trips off the beaten path

Bardstown, Kentucky People might come to Bardstown for the bourbon, but they stay for the picturesque farmland and small-town charm. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass State, Bardstown boasts a variety of locally owned restaurants, eclectic shops, and historical attractions that blend to create a strong Southern spirit you won’t be able to resist. Harrison-Smith House Restaurant The Harrison-Smith House takes pride in the fact that they are surrounded not only by the best distilleries in the country, but also the best farmland. Chefs Josh Smouse and Newman Miller constantly try to incorporate local, responsibly raised meats, fruits, and vegetables into the menu. You won’t want to miss the fried and glazed Brussels sprouts or the Wild Lake Barkley Catfish. harrisonsmithhouse.com Kurtz Restaurant Merrill and Annette Kurtz opened Kurtz restaurant in 1937, serving…

6 min.

Charming Charleston: cultural capital of the South. With its cobblestone streets, stately churches, and Georgian row houses in a rainbow of candy colors, it couldn’t be more picturesque. And there’s no better time to visit than the spring, when the Holy City puts on its finest celebration, the annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival. The shops are quaint, the people practically invented hospitality, and the Lowcountry food is downright magical. Sharing the wonders of Charleston is one of my favorite pastimes, so I’m delighted to relive some of my favorite journeys and share some of my must-visit places to stop, sip, and eat. Neighborhoods are what make Charleston so inviting, and Upper King is quickly becoming the heart of the Charleston food scene. It’s a walkable area, full of energy and…