Southern Living Names Oxford “Best Food Town” in the South

Brunch at Grit has become a Taylor tradition on Sundays.

Oxford has been named the Best Food Town in the South by readers of Southern Living, edging out destinations like Key West, Florida, and Williamsburg, Virginia, for the top spot.

Southern Living created the category for its 2018 South’s Best reader survey, noting that “the Best Food Towns winners proved confirmation of our editors’ favorites but also surprised us.”

The article predictably singled out Chef John Currence for his Oxford eateries, including City Grocery and Big Bad Breakfast. But it also acknowledged a couple of the city’s culinary upstarts.

“Now there are new kids on the block like Saint Leo, a Brooklyn-esque bistro serving wood-fired pizzas topped with local produce, and (Oxford) Canteen, an old filling station that’s now a pit stop serving breakfast tacos.”

The Every-Pepper is one of the specialty pizzas available at Southern Craft Stove + Tap.

Of course, we Oxonians know there’s more to the local food scene than the above-mentioned hotspots. From the pizzas at Southern Craft Stove + Tap and the Greek-inspired wraps at Volta Taverna to the Wednesday night tapas at Ravine and the masa-dusted catfish at McEwen’s, mealtime in Oxford can be a thrilling adventure every day (or night) of the week.

Read the article and view the Top 10 list here.

By Rick Hynum

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