For the second year in a row, Charleston is on Southern Living magazine’s Top 10 list of “Tastiest Towns in the South.”

“Led by ‘soil evangelist’ Sean Brock, chef at Husk, Charleston’s top chefs are moving indigenous ingredients (like heritage varieties of rice and peas) back to the center of the plate,” writes Southern Living Senior Editor Paula Disbrowe in the February issue hitting newsstands Friday.. ”Hotspots like The Ordinary, Butcher & Bee, The Macintosh and The Grocery raise the casual food bar,” she adds.

As for which of the 10 is the tastiest town in the South, Southern Living’s readers will decide by casting votes through Feb. 28 on or via smartphone by downloading the complimentary Digimarc Discover app and scanning the corresponding image in the magazine. Each daily vote allows a consumer to be entered for a chance to win $1,500 toward a trip to the Tasty Town of his or her choice.

Southern Living will profile each of the towns and reveal the “Tastiest Town in the South” in the May issue, on newsstands April 19 and online at

Other towns on the list include Asheville, N.C.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Durham, N.C., Greenville; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn., Miami; and New Orleans.

Louisville and New Orleans also were on the list last year.

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