Southern US in Greenville

The latest addition to executive chef Sean Brock's Southern food empire is often declared Greenville's best restaurant, and the original inlaid brick and expansive murals in its elegant, painstakingly refurbished dining room certainly beckon. The fried chicken skins are just OK, though (maybe there's a reason people don't usually eat just skin?), and the cornmeal-dusted catfish needed a kick.

Still, the menu had lots of other interesting-sounding appetizers – crispy pig-ear wraps with gourd sweet-and-sour sauce, for instance – and Greenvillians swear by it.