29. Southern Soul, St. Simons Island

Southern Soul
Photograph courtesy of Southern Soul

Since Southern Soul opened in an old St. Simons Island gas station in 2007, barbecue fans have lined out the door for classic staples like pulled pork, brisket, collard greens, mac and cheese, and Brunswick stew. But locals know that daily specials are the real treasures here. Take the Marley Monday, for example: crispy jerk chicken with pineapple, queso, and black beans, topped with pepper barbecue sauce, sour cream, and fried jalapeños. Check the Instagram feed, @southernsoulbbq, to see what’s cooking.

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This article originally appeared in our May 2015 issue.