Regardless of how one feels about Zagat's, they bring recognition. They have just released their list of the 26 hottest food cities of 2016, and eleven of them are in the southeast.
The list includes Washington, DC (rated #1), New Orleans, Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Nashville, Birmingham, Miami, and in North Carolina, Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh
Durham and Chapel Hill also get nods from the writers of this piece. For which, go here: