Cajun Dishes and Music: Luna Bar & Grill, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Chef/Owner Dave Evans dreamed of opening a 100% Cajun restaurant from his IT desk job, and the dream became a reality in October of 2013. His ideas and recipes have been so successful in Lake Charles that a second location will open soon in Lafayette. Location: Luna Bar & Grill, 719 Ryan Street, Lake Charles,…

Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill: Lake Charles, Louisiana Gem

Chef Lyle Broussard’s award-winning skill is showcased in this fabulous restaurant inside L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The flavors and dishes he learned from watching relatives during his childhood have been fine-tuned, and diners at Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill are eager to devour them. Location: 777 Ave L’Auberge, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Website…

Malia’s in Aiken, South Carolina: Locally-Sourced Deliciousness

For 30 years, Malia’s has maintained a standard of excellence and support for local farmers while the chef/owner partners have created a loyal following. Location: 120 Laurens Street, Aiken, South Carolina Menu: The lunch menu at Malia’s changes daily to reflect seasonal availability and the best sources at the time. A recent lunch menu featured…

Manuel’s Bread Cafe: French Bistro in North Augusta, South Carolina

A French-born chef blends the best of Southern culinary specialties with his European training and background at Manuel’s Bread Cafe at the main crossroads of Hammonds Ferry, a planned development in North Augusta, South Carolina. Location: 505 Railroad Avenue #100, North Augusta, South Carolina Menu: With its location near the state line between Georgia and…

Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q: Famous Decatur, Alabama Eatery

Since 1952, Decatur, Alabama residents and visitors have filled the tables at Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q anticipating Big Bob’s brand of smoked meats with his signature white sauce. Location: 1715 6th Avenue SE, Decatur, Alabama Menu: The menu at Big Bob’s is relatively simple and satisfyingly predictable. First, choose your favorite smoked meat: pork, chicken,…

Simp McGhee’s in Decatur, Alabama: Upscale Cajun Dishes

The legend of Simp McGhee lures diners to his namesake restaurant on Bank Street, but the amazing Cajun-style food and lively atmosphere keep them coming back again and again. Location: 725 Bank Street Northwest, Decatur, Alabama Menu: At Simp McGhee’s, the heavy Cajun influence is seen in every menu category. Appetizers such as crawfish eggrolls…

Maine Street Coastal Cuisine: Fresh Seafood in Cartersville, Georgia

Maine Street Coastal Cuisine is located on Main Street in Cartersville, Georgia, but the spelling of the first word hints at the decor you’ll find inside and the fresh seafood you’ll enjoy on your plate. Location: 24 West Main Street, Cartersville, Georgia Menu: Diners who prefer something other than seafood can find non-seafood selections at…

Wes-Man’s Restaurant: Southern Classics Near Cartersville, Georgia

Look for the vintage truck weighted down by daily coats of paint, and you’ll know you’re about to taste Wes Wesley’s brand of downhome Southern cooking at Wes-Man’s Restaurant right outside Cartersville, Georgia. Location: 3167 US-411, White, Georgia Menu: At Wes-Man’s Restaurant, a meat-and-three plate can be ordered with meat only, with vegetables only, or…

Bodensee Restaurant: Authentic German Cooking in Helen, Georgia

For a surprisingly authentic European dining experience in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia, look no further than Bodensee Restaurant in Helen. Location: 64 Munich Strasse (Street), Helen, Georgia Menu: Just saying words such as “schnitzel,” “spaetzle,” “goulash” and “schweinebraten” will put a smile on your face, but sampling those dishes,…

Bernie’s at Nacoochee Valley Guest House: Helen, Georgia Gem

For an exceptional meal served with elegance, Bernie’s at Nacoochee Valley Guest House near Helen, Georgia, is a perfect choice. Location: 2220 Highway 17, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia Menu: Chef Monda Dodge has complete creative freedom in the kitchen of Bernie’s at Nacoochee Valley Guest House, a restaurant and bed and breakfast owned by her mother, Bernie…