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Austin named one of the Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South by Southern Living

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In its February issue, Southern Living announces the second annual "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South," based on a belly-filling trek through southern culinary hotspots.

After a "flurry of herbaceous cocktails, pork belly benders, belt busting charcuterie platters, noodle bowls, fancy tasting menus, and rowdy food festivals," the magazine narrowed down its 10 finalists based on several key factors:

  • "Food as a cultural identity"
  • "Growth of culinary-minded community"
  • "Hot chefs on the rise"
  • "Abundance of buzz-worthy food events"

This year, Austin joins other culinary cornerstones like New Orleans and Louisville on the elite list. Based on the aforementioned criteria, it's no surprise to local foodies that the Capital City has made its way into the ranking, and Southern Living agrees.

 "Add live music at every turn, tacos galore, and lethal margaritas and you'll see why locals are smitten with Austin's indie style." 

"With a posse of star chefs (Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko; David Bull at Congress; Bryce Gilmore at Barley Swine; James Holmes at Olivia and Lucy's Fried Chicken), there are ample opportunities to swill and chomp in style," the website says.

"Add live music at every turn, tacos galore, and lethal margaritas and you'll see why locals are smitten with Austin's indie style."

Here are Southern Living's "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South" for 2013:

Asheville, NC: This bohemian brewtopia has a buzzy scene flavored with local bounty.

Atlanta, GA: The city’s multicultural explosion makes Atlanta an essential food destination.

Austin, TX: With a posse of star chefs, there are ample opportunities to swill and chomp in style.

Charleston, SC: The city’s top chefs are moving indigenous ingredients to the center of the plate.

Durham, NC:  The town boasts a mix of pioneers alongside a new generation of bootstrap cooks.

Greenville, SC: Features luscious Lowcountry cooking with a surprising international flair.

Louisville, KY:  With a bourbon-infused larder, the city is experiencing a culinary renaissance.

Memphis, TN: The town’s latest riffs on soul cooking rock.

Miami, FL: The fusion flash of the ’80s has evolved into a diverse, refined eating town.

New Orleans, LA: The sultry confluence of old world and innovation maintains our adoration.

The best food destination in the South will be announced in the May issue of Southern Living, set to hit newsstands on April 19. From now through February 28, you can vote once a day for your favorite (hint: Austin) tasty town.

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