Welcome warmer weather at these summer-perfect spots

ROOT & BONE | South Miami, Florida

After bursting onto the Miami food scene late last year, Root & Bone’s new permanent location has quickly become a go-to venue for doses of warm hospitality and soul-nurturing food with tasty tributes to timeless recipes. Pair the exquisite menu with the bright, rustic feel, and this restaurant definitely breaks the mold for a Southern comfort food joint.

ALLSOPP & CHAPPLE | Little Rock, Arkansas

A first-rate dining experience and world-class cuisine meet in this tribute to one of historic Little Rock’s beloved former local businesses, Allsopp & Chapple Bookstore. With a menu filled with modern Americana cuisine and a culinary staff boasting national accolades, this new Main Street joint deserves a spot on your must-try list.

COUVILLION | Louisville, Kentucky

Famous Cajun and Creole flavors reign supreme in Louisville thanks to this stylish restaurant. Although named after the thick, rich catfish stew popular in New Orleans and Acadiana, there are plenty more mouthwatering entrees on the menu, like Crawfish Étouffée, Red Beans & Rice, and Jambalaya, to name a few.

DIRTY SOUTH SAMMICH CO. | New Orleans, Louisiana

The historic Pythian Market’s latest addition, Dirty South Sammich Co. is all about blending the past with the present. Classic sandwiches are reimagined with creative twists and mashups—think: Roast Beast Poboy, with braised roast beef and debris on Vietnamese-style baguettes, or the Dirty Dog, a hot dog piled high with chili, pimiento cheese, and relish—that bring a touch of the 21st century to all your favorites. Oh, and don’t forget to cool off with one of their chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches after lunch.

ODETTE | Florence, Alabama

Named after the owner’s great-grandmother, this contemporary bistro serves up a brand-new menu of Southern delicacies each season coupled with an exceptionally inviting atmosphere. From the bar to the kitchen, each element of the restaurant was carefully crafted with the guests in mind to create exciting new experiences with each visit.

B.B. LEMON | Houston, Texas

One of Houston’s newest hotspots, this Texas eatery provides a friendly neighborhood atmosphere where dishes blend the best of the South with a bit of New York City flare. Take a seat in one of their ultra-plush booths and enjoy their clever take on classic Southern delicacies. (We’re especially partial to the Blue Crab Beignets.) bblemon.com