It's a long way from the rainwashed Columbia River to the sunny Mississippi, but cozy Southern cuisine—think catfish, corn, bacon, and fritters—just might be the perfect antidote to the Northwest's damp, chilly winters.
- Kingfish Cafe Seattle. The most famous Southern joint in King County delivers a lush macaroni and cheese, fried green tomatoes, and the sweetest red velvet cake around. (206) 320- 8757, thekingfishcafe.com.
- Pine State Biscuits Portland. You can't go wrong with fluffy, palm-size buttermilk biscuits stuffed with egg, hearty sausage, or fruit. For the perfect combination of spicy, sweet, and sour, try the McIsley: fried chicken topped with mustard, honey, and pickles. (503) 236-3346, pinestatebiscuits.com.
- Screen Door Portland. Moist inside, crisp outside, and served with mashed potatoes, the Screen Door's fried chicken is done right. Add seasonal, locally grown sides such as roasted beet and arugula salad with toasted pecans. (503) 542-0880, screendoorrestaurant.com.
- Seasons Eagle, Idaho. The plate-size muffuletta—a sandwich layered with cured meats, provolone, and olives—makes any Northerner feel like a New Orleans native. One wedge, with crawfish etouffee, and you'll be drawling for more. (208) 939-6680, seasonsdelicatering.com
Photography by Don Frank
This article was first published in January 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.