Crawford and Son
Like pairing a ball gown with a leather jacket or drinking champagne at a tailgate, Crawford and Sons toes the line between fancy and cool. You’ll eat Southern-inspired food that’s topped with edible flowers and more thoughtfully put together than a NASA launch, but then you’ll see bathroom walls covered in wallpaper that looks like a tattoo artist’s practice sheet. It may seem disjointed, but once you try some of the food, like chicken confit with creamed corn and pork cheeks with cheese grits, you’ll realize it all works perfectly well. Weekend reservations are basically required, but there are usually a few bar seats available—even if you just want to stop by for desserts like peaches and cream pie, which we fully endorse.