Southern Living online is soliciting traffic with a readers poll ranking the South's tastiest cities. The magazine is offering 10 finalists for voters to rank. The nominees include Houston, Raleigh and Baltimore. Voting started this morning, and Charlottesville, Va., is ahead out of the gate. Voting is open through Jan. 31 (and daily voting is encouraged) and the results will be announced in its April issue.
Here's the pitch it offers for New Orleans:
There are several (hot sauce-soaked) reasons why New Orleans is one of the most important and seductive food cities in the country. Consider, among other things, its iced Abita and oyster meccas (Acme, Felix's, Casamento's, and Bourbon House, for example), time-honored landmarks that should be on anyone's bucket list (Friday lunch at Galatoire's, brandy milk brunch at Commander's Palace), life-changing muffulettas and po'boys, a posse of power chefs like Donald Link, John Besh, and John Harris, and dangerously delicious cocktails (from historic sazerac bars like Napoleon House to new spots like Bouligny Tavern) make it an essential, irresistible food destination.