New Orleans Named Best Food City in the South

10:54 March 10, 2020
By: Molly Kellogg

Southern Living has recently announced the 2020 South's Best Awards winners, with New Orleans ranked no. 4 on the Best 2020 list of Top cities in the South. Spanning everything from hotels and restaurants to cities, small towns and shopping, Southern Living recognizes readers' favorite Southern destinations and experiences. And New Orleans has amassed 10 accolades across top ten lists, with three No. 1 wins for Best Food City and Best Classic Restaurant.

The results are available on Southern Living's website, and in their April issue, on sale March 20. Southern Living, headquartered in Birmingham Alabama, is aimed at celebrating the remarkable encounters that characterize Southern hospitality. Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living, notes it is their goal, "to identify the destinations our readers are loving the most right now - places that represent the very best of the South." This year's awards show a distinctive mixture of novices and experts.

Southern Living's 2020 South's Best List of Top 10 Cities

1. Charleston, SC

2. Savannah, GA

3. Nashville, TN

4. New Orleans, LA

5. Austin, TX

6. Asheville, NC

7. Alexandria, VA

8. Atlanta, GA

9. Richmond, VA

10. Tallahassee, FL

Southern Living's 2020 South's Best Awards - New Orleans, LA rankings across categories:

New Orleans No. 1 Rankings

· #1 Best Food City: New Orleans, LA

· #1 Best BBQ Joint in Louisiana: The Joint

· #1 Best Classic Restaurant: Commander's Palace

New Orleans Rankings in the Top 10

· #3 Best New Restaurant: The Elysian Bar

· #3 Best Dive Bar: Port of Call

· #4 Best City Overall: New Orleans, LA

· #4 Best Historic Hotel: Hotel Monteleone

· #5 Best Bar: Saint-Germain

· #9 Best Garden Shop: The Plant Gallery

· #9 Best Local Restaurant: Coquette

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