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Our Top Restaurants of 2023

By: The Local Palate

Our New Restaurants 2024 issue hits the stands this week, and we couldn’t be more excited to guide you through our tried and true, new and noteworthy, and absolute favorite restaurants from each state in the South. From Japanese comfort food to elevated African fusion, find our top restaurants of 2023 here and the must-order menu items at each. For the full picture of our top bites, grab the latest off the newsstand and subscribe to The Local Palate.

The Top Restaurants from Each State

dishes at Ammorra, one of Top Restaurants of 2023

Maryland | Ammoora

Ammoora is a Baltimore fine-dining restaurant showcasing foods from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and other regions in the Levant.

a full table at Joon, one of the Top Restaurants of 2023

Virgina | Joon

The never-ending parade of food and the relaxed service at Joon work in lockstep to establish a familial tone at this Virginia restaurant.

prawns coming out at Bronze, one of the Top Restaurants of 2023

Washington DC | Bronze

Inspired by afrofuturism and a fictional character called Alonzo Bronze’s 700 year journey, Bronze is an experience unlike any other.

shrimp rolls at Kisser

Tennessee | Kisser

Kisser is a 40-seat Japanese comfort food restaurant in East Nashville specializing in onigiri, chicken katsu, and spicy miso bowls.

Skewers at Enso

Kentucky | Ensō

Ensō draws inspiration from traditional Japanese cuisine with an infusion of Southern ingredients in Louisville’s Clifton neighborhood.

granola bars at Eureka Cafe one of our Top Restaurants of 2023

West Virginia | Eureka Café

With vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, Eureka Café aims to cater to everyone, reflecting its community-centric roots.

a soup topped with proscuitto at Mamou

Louisiana | MaMou

MaMou is a New Orleans gem, drawing fine-dining enthusiasts and wine devotees alike to this new bastion of modern French cuisine.

a big sandwich at Flora Jeans

Arkansas | Flora Jean’s

Flora Jean’s offers wellness-centered, plant-focused, nutrient-dense dining in a quaint setting in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A colorful plate of cebiche at Leche de Tigre, one of our Top Restaurants of 2023

Texas | Leche de Tigre

The Oliva brothers opened Leche de Tigre in San Antonio hoping to provide the community with authentic, Peruvian cebiche and pisco.

exterior of Eudora's Mississippi Brasserie

Mississippi | Eudora’s Mississippi Brasserie

Eudora’s Mississippi Brasserie opened in 2023 offering a modern interpretation of a classic French-style restaurant with Mississippi flavor.

diners with a full table at Tam Tam

Florida | Tâm Tâm

Tâm Tâm’s menu celebrates quán nhậu, a term for places in Vietnam where people go to drink and eat, located in Miami, Florida.

enchiladas at Frenchies, one of our Top Restaurants of 2023

Alabama | Frenchie’s

Frenchie’s is bringing Montgomery its first French-focused eatery with French classics and nods to Deep South favorites like mac et cheese.

The bar at Sum Bar

South Carolina | Sum Bar

Sum Bar is Greenville’s first dim sum restaurant with a baijiu bar fills a niche in the city’s growing culinary scene.

A colorful steak with a flower at Ekhaya

North Carolina | Ekhaya

Ekhaya is an elevated African-fusion dining experience in Durham, North Carolina with a curated menu that encompasses flavors from a variety of African countries.

interior at Verdure Kitchen

Georgia | Verdure Kitchen

Flavors of Nigeria, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Ghana align at Verdure Kitchen in Atlanta, serving dishes and drinks brimming with vibrant color.


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