Southern Living Names Lafayette Among Top 10 "Tastiest Towns of the South"

Lafayette is named among the Top 10 "Tastiest Towns in the South,” according to Southern Living magazine’s January issue, hitting newsstands Dec. 23.

Southerners are very proud of their hometown tastes, which is why Southern Living editors and Test Kitchen Professionals gathered for a summit in its Birmingham-based headquarters to bring you this roundup of the most delicious destinations across the region.

Readers will determine the winner, so rally around Lafayette and visit Dec. 23-Jan. 31 to cast your vote. One vote per day is counted toward the final tally.

Lafayette was cited for its new breed of homegrown chefs delving deep into the region’s culinary roots, with stellar takes on Acadiana classics, according to the magazine. Southern Living will profile each of the towns and reveal the “Tastiest Town in the South” in the April 2012 issue, on newsstands March 23, and online at 

“At Southern Living, we know there’s no taste like home,” said Editor Lindsay Bierman. “Particular foods and flavors define a city and region, starting right in your own mama’s kitchen, and sometimes the most humble dish like a plate of grits will make its way onto a gourmet menu and become an outright tourist attraction…The forward-thinking cooks, chefs, artisans, and tastemakers in each of these established and emerging food scenes honor, preserve and enrich our region’s distinct culinary traditions at every meal.”

In addition to Lafayette, Southern Living’s Top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” include: Baltimore, MD; Birmingham, AL; Charleston, SC; Charlottesville, VA; Decatur, GA; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; New Orleans, LA; and Raleigh, NC.