Gwen Fowler



Vote for Greenville or Charleston for Tastiest Town

Posted 1/27/2013 10:49:00 AM

What is the tastiest town in the South? Southern Living wants you to vote on which of 10 cities are the tastiest, and the South Carolina cities of Greenville and Charleston are on the list.

This is the second year the magazine has asked readers to vote for the tastiest town, and it’s the first year Greenville made the vote. Charleston finished in fourth place last year.

“The pretty little town with international flair” is the way Southern Living describes Greenville.

“When it comes to eating and drinking well, it means business. A concentration of international corporations (including BMW and Michelin) means surprising culinary diversity and well-traveled palettes.”

The magazine specifically mentions Chef Vicky Moore of Lazy Goat and Chef Spencer Thomson of Devereaux’s. The Green Room, Ford’s Oyster HouseAmerican Grocery, Roost, which opened Jan. 17, The Owl and Neue Southern Food Truck also are singled out.

Of Charleston, the magazine says: “Led by "soil evangelist" Sean Brock, chef at Husk,Charleston's top chefs are moving indigenous ingredients (like heritage varieties of rice and peas) back to the center of the plate.”

Other chefs and restaurants getting attention are Mike Lata and his new restaurant, the Ordinary; Chef Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh, Butcher and Bee and The Grocery

The other cities in the running are Asheville, N.C., Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Durham, N.C., Louisville, Ky., Memphis, Tenn., Miami and New Orleans.

Not in the running this year is Lafayette, La., the winner last year.

Go here to vote for Charleston or Greenville. You can vote each day through Feb. 28. Voting also enters you for a chance to win a $1,500 trip.