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OpenTable hails this Atlanta spot one of the top 50 Southern restaurants in America

OpenTable has scoured its user reviews once again to determine America’s connoisseurs of Southern cuisine − from the specialists of shrimp and grits to the champions of chicken and waffles. 

On Tuesday, the dining review site released its highly-anticipated list of the 50 best Southern restaurants in America for 2018, which span across 14 states and Washington, D.C.  One of Atlanta’s favorite Southern and savory spots made it onto the elite list.

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The top 50 list stems from OpenTable’s 12 million diner reviewers’ critiques of more than 27,000 restaurants. The compilation of restaurants, based off of reviews between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, consider all restaurants in the “Southern” cuisine category with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration, according to an OpenTable press release. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to their overall food rating.

Southern states, as one would guess, dominated the list, with 10 states of the South making an appearance this year. Georgia has an impressive showing on the this year’s compilation, with four of the state’s best Southern eateries listed.

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Atlanta’s own South City Kitchen, which opened in Midtown more than 20 years ago, was listed as one of the 50 best Southern restaurants in the country. With locations in Vinings, Buckhead, Midtown and recently opened Alpharetta, the restaurant has shown its taste and staying power in metro Atlanta. Apart of Atlanta’s Fifth Group, which includes restaurants like La Tavola Trattoria and Ecco, the restaurant offers a glimpse into “Southern cooking now,” Fifth Group partner Robby Kukler told the AJC in 2016.

“We’ve always said South City is authentic but it has some modern flair,” he said. “It’s also about Southern hospitality. We thought, especially in this big, high-rise glass building, that it was very important to bring some warmth and a homey feel that ties into that. And like in a home, you can experience different things in different rooms.”

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OpenTable diners are feeling South City’s Southern hospitality.

“While winning restaurants are sprinkled throughout the nation, spots in southern states rightfully dominate the list, which works as a handy guide for travelers who want to eat their way through the region,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's chief dining officer said in a release. 

Take a look at the entire list of the 50 best Southern restaurants in America in 2018, according to OpenTable diners, below:

Abel Brown – Augusta, Georgia

Acadiana – Washington, D.C.

Acre – Auburn , Alabama

Alligator Soul – Savannah, Georgia

Anson – Charleston, South Carolina

Antebellum – Flowery Branch, Georgia

Atchafalaya Restaurant – New Orleans, Louisiana

The Boil Waverly – New York

Boucherie – New Orleans, Louisiana

Brennan's of Houston – Houston, Texas

Cafe Dupont – Birmingham, Alabama

Carrollton Market – New Orleans

Circa 1886 – Charleston, South Carolina

Cured – San Antonio, Texas

Cypress Restaurant – Tallahassee, Florida

Distilled at The Sire Hotel – Lexington, Kentucky

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar – Charlotte, North Carolina

Fixe – Austin, Texas

High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge – West Chester, Pennsylvania

Highball & Harvest – Orlando, Florida

Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama

Hot and Hot Fish Club – Birmingham, Alabama

Ida Claire – Addison, Texas

Kitchen Notes - Omni Nashville – Nashville, Tennessee

The King's Kitchen – Charlotte, North Carolina

Langdon's Restaurant – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Madison's – Highlands, North Carolina

Mandolin – Raleigh, North Carolina

Maple Tree Inn – Blue Island, Illinois

Merrick Inn – Lexington, Kentucky

Midtown Cafe – Nashville, Tennessee

Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro – Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Mr. B's Bistro – New Orleans

Muriel's Jackson Square – New Orleans

The Olde Pink House Restaurant – Savannah, Georgia

Preserved Restaurant – St. Augustine, Florida

Rapscallion – Dallas, Texas

Restaurant IRON – Pensacola, Florida

Restaurant R'evolution – New Orleans, Louisiana

Restaurant Rebirth – New Orleans, Louisiana

Root & Bone – New York, New York

RT's Restaurant – Alexandria, Virginia

Rx Restaurant – Wilmington, North Carolina

South City Kitchen – Multiple locations

State of Grace – Houston, Texas

Stella's Bistro - Simpsonville – Simpsonville, South Carolina

Toutant – Buffalo, New York

Urban Grub – Nashville, Tennessee

Willa Jean – New Orleans

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – Multiple locations

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