Memphis notched runner-up status in Southern Living magazine's "Tastiest Town in the South" competition. Memphis and nine other southern cities are featured in the May issue.
"Memphis was recognized for its bountiful crossroads of 'cue, crops and rising culinary stars," according to Southern Living. "There's no denying barbeque is at the heart of the River City's food culture. Spots like Cozy Corner Restaurant and Charles Vergos' Rendezvous are bucket-list destinations."
The magazine's editors chose the top 10 "Tastiest Towns in the South" based on each town having food as a part of the its cultural identity, diverse cuisine at a variety of price points, hot chefs on the rise and a number of buzz-worthy food events. The public voted online for the tastiest of the top 10 towns chosen by editors.
"Others are discovering what Memphians already know – Memphis is a mecca for all kinds of food that's good for the soul," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "We are honored by this recognition. It's good to have this distinction added to a growing list of great things about Memphis."
Other local restaurants included in the magazine article (page 73) include: Restaurant Iris for its "savory crispy veal sweetbreads and dumplings with fennel and local mushrooms and red velvet Frankly Scarlett cupcakes from Muddy's Bake Shop."
Other top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South include: the winner, Durham, N.C.; Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charleston, S.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Louisville, Ky.; Miami; and New Orleans.
The May issue of Southern Living hits newsstands April 19th and is online now at www.southernliving/tasty.