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Top Choice Southern US in Wilmington

PinPoint

Pinpoint was declared by Southern Living magazine as one of the South's best new restaurants – and they weren't lyin'! Chef Dean Neff was Hugh Acheson’s kitchen compadre in Athens, Georgia's excellent Five & Ten…
Top Choice Plantation in Durham

Historic Stagville Plantation

Exceptional in prioritizing the 1000 or so ‘enslaved persons’ who worked here above the families that claimed their ownership, Stagville Plantation ranks among North Carolina’s most important historic sites. What su…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Asheville

Burial

This ever-progressive brewery gives experimental batches of Belgian-leaning styles – farmhouse saisons, strong dubbels and tripels – a Southern kick in the pants, using local ingredients such as wildflower honey, ch…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Asheville

Funkatorium

If you need the funk, you gotta have that funk…and you'll find at it at the East Coast’s first taproom dedicated to sour, wild ale, Brett and funky beer. For fans, it’s pilgrimage-worthy. The rough-and-ready Old Wor…
Top Choice Historic Site in Winston-Salem

Old Salem

The beautifully preserved core of the Moravian settlement of Salem extends across several blocks south of downtown. You’re not obliged to pay for admission if you simply want to admire the architecture, eat in the T…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Charlotte

NoDa Brewing Company

Charlotte's best craft-beer playground is hidden behind NoDa's new and easy-to-overlook North End brewery. We Uber'ed up on a Friday night and it looked abandoned. At the back, however, we found a packed playhouse o…
Top Choice Tapas in Asheville

Cúrate

Owned by hip Ashevillian chef Katie Button and her Catalan husband Félix, this convivial downtown hangout celebrates the simple charms and sensual flavors of Spanish tapas, while adding an occasional Southern twist.…
Top Choice Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Art

Expanded in 2010 with the completion of the stunning, glass-and-steel West Building, this superb museum stands 6 miles west of downtown. Ranging far and wide, from ancient Egypt to modern Africa, its permanent colle…
Top Choice Sushi in Charlotte

Soul Gastrolounge Tapas

This sultry but welcoming Plaza Midwood speakeasy serves a globally inspired selection of small plates. Choices are wide-ranging, from skewers and sushi rolls to Cuban and Vietnamese sandwiches, but the kitchen take…
Top Choice Tapas in Durham

Mateo

A poster child for Durham’s remarkable comeback, this James Beard–nominated ‘bar de tapas’ is downtown’s culinary anchor. Many dishes come with a Southern bent, and particular revelations include the pan com tomate …