Top 100 Independents: The Southeast


Historic landmark restaurants, high-performers, outstanding new concepts—meet the best operators in cities that are gaining traction as culinary destinations.


Asheville, North Carolina

The restaurant upholds old-school traditions such as Sunday Supper with specials like Fried Green Tomato and Pickled Shrimp, Fried Hominy, and Lobster Corn Dogs.

Opened ∕ October 2013

Annual Sales ∕ $1–$3 million

Average Check ∕ $45

Chef/Owner∕ John Fleer


Charlotte, North Carolina

With a sustainable, farm-to-fork focus, Chef Barlowe uses the entire animal and also sources everything—from all the beer, wine, and spirits to the Outer Banks sea salt—from within North Carolina.

Opened ∕ February 2014

Annual Sales ∕ $750,000–$1.2 million

Average Check ∕ $66

Chef/Owner ∕ Clark Barlowe

Mimosa Grill

Charlotte, North Carolina

This Queen City eating destination has served artisan- and farmer-sourced food for 20 years, and Chef Thomas Marlow gives the global cuisine a Southern twist.

Opened ∕ 1995

Annual Sales ∕ $3–$5 million

Average Check ∕ $38

Owner∕ Tripp Cagle

Soby’s New South Cuisine

Greenville, South Carolina

Housed in a century-old building, Soby’s helped lead the rekindling of historic Greenville into a dining destination.

Opened ∕ November 1997

Annual Sales∕ $5 million

Average Check ∕ $45

Owner∕ Carl Sobocinski

The Lazy Goat

Greenville, South Carolina

The Mediterranean menu reflects influences from Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Greece, Africa, and the Middle East, while the social dining experience is enhanced by Chef Michael Kramer’s open kitchen, convivial communal seating, and comfortable platform bars.

Opened ∕ June 2007

Annual Sales ∕ $2.7 million

Average Check ∕ $28

Owner ∕ Carl Sobocinski

Restaurant Orsay

Jacksonville, Florida

Classic French-American cuisine from Chef Brian Whittington, who was a semifinalist for James Beard Best Chef: South this year.

Opened ∕ 2008

Annual Sales ∕ $3.2 million

Average Check ∕ $43

Owner ∕ Jonathan Insetta


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