Spoonful Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA)
What you’re getting: Southern poutine
A native Georgian serves a spread comprised of top-notch eats from a variety of Southern states: everything from catfish, blackened Cajun-style to She-crab soup. LA-friendly eats (as in, they’re healthy) lighten the menu, too, with plates of spaghetti squash and pan-seared snapper.
Pine State Biscuits (Portland, OR)
What you’re getting: Biscuit-topped chicken pot pie
Because there are few things more comforting than the sweet and salty taste of a fresh, hot buttermilk biscuit, three P-Town gents found quick success at the Portland Farmers Market, and have been in brick-and-mortar operation since 2008. The set-up is simple, and the biscuit fillings stick to the Southern theme with options like The Wedgie, a fried chicken, fried green tomato, lettuce, and blue cheese masterpiece. There’s also a small “Others” section with classics like shrimp ‘n grits.
What you’re getting: Red beans and rice
Drawing inspiration from their Selma, Alabama-born grandfather and comfort food-cooking mother, these two sister-owners have been pouring their love of their culinary heritage — often in the form of family recipes — into Seattle since ’97. Their enthusiasm shows in dishes like the Hop & Jump, a plate of fried frog legs with greentomato chutney, and the Sweet Tea Pork Chop, a 5oz chop that gets an overnight marinade bath in two stand-by ingredients: sweet tea and molasses.