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The Local Palate's featured stories, interviews, profiles, essays, and histories exploring the South's food culture.

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Snapshot: Baltimore

One chef couple shares their love for the history and culture of Baltimore. Find their recommendations for eats, drinks, and [...]

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Asian Food Booms In the South

There is a boom of Asian restaurants across the South, and these 5 chefs are shaping the story—and transporting diners [...]

In the Field

From Pop-Up To Brick-and-Mortar | Listen

Going from pop-up to brick-and-mortar may have induced hives, but it allowed a Kentucky chef a chance to fix what's [...]

In the Field

Whole Hog Goes Global in Texas | Listen

Southern pitmasters Hector Garate and Don Nguyen are changing barbecue through their fusion of Puerto Rican and Vietnamese cuisine.

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A Better Butter Bean

Whether you want a light and airy dish or a hearty meal, butter beans are the perfect Southern staple to [...]

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The Pakalachian Food Truck Blends Traditions | Listen

Katlin and Mohsin Kazmi share how they combined their Appalachian and Pakistan cultures to create The Pakalachian food truck.

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Our 10 Favorite Wine Bars Across the South | Listen

Raise your glass and fork at these 10 Southern wine bars where the bottle selections are pristine, but the food is just as noteworthy.

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12 Best Hotels Around the South | Listen

Some new, some renovated, all style: These are the 12 best hotels we’re checking into and checking out all around the South.

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Top 10 Restaurant Openings This Spring and Summer | Listen

From embracing cultural heritage to new takes on fine dining, these top 10 restaurant openings are guaranteed to enrich the culinary scene.

Cook the Book

Cook the Book: Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts

Crystal Wilkinson is a poet and a writer, and Praisesong is both a lovely and powerful literary work that identifies [...]

Cook the Book

Cook the Book: Cured

Digital editor, Amber Chase, embraces the culture and preservation of fermenting cooking through Steve McHugh's latest cookbook, Cured.

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Cook the Book: The World Central Kitchen Cookbook

Our associate editor, Tate Jacaruso, dives into the vibrant and vegetable-forward dishes described in the World Central Kitchen Cookbook.

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Cook the Book: Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs & Juice

Emily Havener, explores cocktail recipes inspired by Black mixologists in Toni Tipton-Martin's latest: Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs & Juice.

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Cook the Book: Still We Rise

TLP's editor in chief cooks through Still We Rise, and the result is biscuits with good height, delicate airiness, and [...]

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Cook the Book: Ed Mitchell’s Barbeque

Digital Editor, Amber Chase, shares her journey through the recent cookbook by Ed Mitchell, tackling everything from brisket to hushpuppies.

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Dining Out

7 Noteworthy Mississippi Restaurants | Listen

Whether you're in the mood for handcrafted pizza or Southern brunch, Mississippi has you covered with their diverse range of restaurants.

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At the Table

Country Captain Shrimp and Grits

Birmingham chef, Sedesh Boodram, adds shrimp and grits to a Country Captain-style sauce for an inspired new take on the Lowcountry favorite.

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Dining Out

Nashville’s Hot New Restaurants this Spring

As always, Nashville’s restaurant scene is booming. Our editor in chief shares Nashville's hot new restaurants opening this spring.

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Perfectly Peachy in the Pinehurst Area of North Carolina

The 25th annual NC Peach Festival kicks off Peach Week in Moore County with tons of events, food, drinks & fun for the whole family!

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4 Must-Visit Restaurants in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana   

Embark on a flavorful journey through St. Martin Parish restaurants, where Cajun heritage infuses every bite with authenticity and tradition.

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Summer in the Sandhills of North Carolina

Summer in the Sandhills of North Carolina offers a wide range of fun events, concert, street festivals, holiday celebrations and more.  

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A First Look at Flora and Fauna | Listen

Flora and Fauna launches this month as an all day bakery and supper club in the space that previously housed [...]

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A First Look at Joelle | Listen

Joelle is poised to bring an undeniable liveliness to Bluffton with Italian American dishes, semolina pastas, and wood fired pizzas.

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A First Look at Luca Lagotto

Luca Lagotto hopes to supply fresh Italian cuisine and a neighborhood respite to the busy residents of Homewood, Alabama.

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A First Look at Dear Charles

With a menu of elevated classics, Dear Charles is poised to become a local’s staple, a tourist’s haven, and a [...]

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A First Look at Brodeto | Listen

As Brodeto prepares to open, Scott Crawford hopes a feeling of weightless abundance and Adriatic sea breeze translates throughout every [...]

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A First Look at Lowland

Jason Stanhope gives an intimate tour of the menu at his new concept, Lowland Tavern, and his inspiration behind its [...]

In the Spirit

In the Spirit: Never Say Die Bourbon | Listen

The Local Palate sat down with co-owner Brian Luftman to recount Never Say Die bourbon’s historic tale and growing legacy.

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In the Spirit: High Rise Beverage Co.

TLP gets an inside look at High Rise Beverage Co. and their hemp-derived cannabis beverages infused with natural ingredients.

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In the Spirit: Durham Distillery + Conniption Gin

TLP toured Durham Distillery with Melissa and Lee Katrincic to observe their methods and hear the story behind their iconic [...]


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Summer in the Sandhills of North Carolina

Summer in the Sandhills of North Carolina offers a wide range of fun events, concert, street festivals, holiday celebrations and more.  

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4 Must-Visit Restaurants in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana   

Embark on a flavorful journey through St. Martin Parish restaurants, where Cajun heritage infuses every bite with authenticity and tradition.

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Letter From the Editor: Our Road Trips Issue 2024 Is Here!

Want to explore somewhere new? The newest road trips issue of the Local Palate is now here to inspire and guide your next journey!

Kawali Farms peaches on a branch in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
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Perfectly Peachy in the Pinehurst Area of North Carolina

The 25th annual NC Peach Festival kicks off Peach Week in Moore County with tons of events, food, drinks & fun for the whole family!

Dining Out

8 Noteworthy Arkansas Restaurants | Listen

Whether you're craving delicious Italian staples or classic Bar-B-Q pork, Arkansas has a unique display of restaurants to choose from.

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Playing With Fire at Austin’s Best Food and Music Festival | Listen

Our guide to all things Austin, Veronica Meewes shares her top sound bites From Hot Luck Live, Austin's best food & music festival.

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At the Table

A Significant Father’s Day for Chef Joe Cash | Listen

Joe Cash, the Greenville chef and owner behind Scoundrel, prepares and reflects on a season of new growth this Father's Day.

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Explore History and Contemporary Art in Myrtle Beach

Discover Myrtle Beach’s rich history and vibrant art scene with trolley tours, heritage, art, gardens, and historic landmarks.

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Discover Lincoln Parish Park, Ruston’s Outdoor Oasis

Lincoln Parish Park is a hidden-gem filled with breathtaking views of Louisiana forestry and endless outdoor activities for everyone.

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We’ve set out in search of the best Southern culinary town and narrowed it down to 10 - now we need YOU to help us pick the winning town!