Here are eight great places to put a taste of the South in your mouth.
701 Broadway, Raynham, Mass.
This Southern-style restaurant has a smoker out back where it’s all done the way it should be: low and slow. The brisket is a labor of love, taking 16 hours to cook before it’s sliced and served to order.
350 East Main St., Marlborough, Mass.
Award-winning Saint Louis ribs and down-home Southern cooking – think pulled pork, New Orleans po’boy sandwiches and crispy Southern fried chicken – are the stars at Firefly’s.
1 Lansdowne St., Boston
For a true taste of the South, get some of Loretta’s fried chicken, which is available in four styles. The dining room is decked out with honky-tonk decorations, and an outdoor patio is great for the summer months.
421 Cambridge St., Allston, Mass.
Lulu’s has quickly become a local favorite for its flavor-packed dishes and laid back, sun-soaked dining room. The short rib mac and cheese is decadent and the Texas-style smoked wings are a must-order.
1155 Westminster St., Providence, R.I.
Walking into Ogie’s – with its sputnik chandeliers and lava lamps – is like walking into a time machine. Customers order favorites like mac and cheese croquettes and spicy 600-minute chili from a trailer window.
285 Beacon St., Somerville, Mass.
This colorful little bake shop offers muffins, scones, cookies and cupcakes, and specializes in Southern-style pies like sweet potato, classic apple and lemon meringue.
4257 Washington St., Roslindale, Mass.
You’ll find barbecue staples like North Carolina pulled pork sandwiches, Southern-style pecan pie and hush puppies at this neighborhood nook.
381 Summer St., Somerville, Mass.
Old-school Southern recipes are the order of the day at Rosebud in Davis Square, including St. Louis ribs slathered in a sweet-heat sauce and six Southern-inspired pies baked up fresh daily.
AAA members save on Phantom Gourmet gift cards, which are accepted at over 200 restaurants in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.