Belmont Food Shop

Belmont Food Shop on Belmont Avenue in the Museum District

Move over Atlanta, Charleston and New Orleans, because there's a whole lot of culinary excitement happening in the "second cities" of the south.

At least Wine Enthusiast Magazine found a lot to love about food and drink in Richmond.

In its "Eating and Drinking in the South" piece, the magazine highlights Richmond spots Belmont Food Shop, Heritage, Rappahannock and Saison as evidence that "the South’s gastronomic influence extends far beyond the Mason-Dixon line."

"At Richmond’s Rappahannock, executive chef Dylan Fultineer, a vet of Santa Monica’s Hungry Cat and Chicago’s Blackbird, bakes Chesapeake Bay oysters Southern-style with bacon, leeks, sunchokes and toasted breadcrumbs."

More from Wine Enthusiast:

"Metro capitals like Atlanta have long been epicenters for this gourmet comfort food, but now it’s the second cities of the South—Greenville, South Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; Richmond, Virginia; and Asheville, North Carolina—where chefs are taking this now ubiquitous, wholly American southern cuisine to new heights."

"A lot of Southern cities are blowing up with great eating scenes.” says Fultineer. “There is camaraderie between chefs and restaurants, with everyone shooting for the common goal of raising the bar.”

Karri Peifer is the editor of and the site's senior food writer. Follow her on Twitter @KarriPeifer.

Features and dining editor, deputy web editor and, of course, covering all things Richmond dining news.

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