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The 5 Best Southern Restaurants Near Grand Rapids

Updated: July 27, 2022

Looking for the best Southern cuisine in Grand Rapids? These spots do the best pork chops and cobblers in town! We analyzed awards, leading publications, and top-ranking sites to find the best Southern Restaurants. The fried chicken, beans, and collard greens at these Grand Rapids restaurants are best enjoyed with friends and family.

Find the perfect Southern restaurant

Wing Kingz

American, $$, Grand RapidsAmerican, $$Grand Rapids, Creston
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Tupelo Honey

Southern, $$, Grand RapidsSouthern, $$Grand Rapids, Heartside
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

The Candied Yam

American, $$, Grand RapidsAmerican, $$Grand Rapids, Millbrook
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.5

Forty Acres Soul Kitchen

American, $$, Grand RapidsAmerican, $$Grand Rapids, East Hills
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

Carolina Lowcountry Kitchen

American, $$, East Grand RapidsAmerican, $$East Grand Rapids
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How did these spots get chosen?

Figuring out the best Southern restaurants can take awhile. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 2361 Grand Rapids restaurants, 823905 reviews, and 52 top lists and articles from the likes of . Don’t bother looking for we’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. These ten options are sure to delight.

Questions & answers

Wing Kingz, Tupelo Honey, and The Candied Yam are the highest-rated Southern restaurants for take-out in Grand Rapids.

Tupelo Honey and Forty Acres Soul Kitchen are the highest-rated vegan-friendly Southern restaurants in Grand Rapids.

Wing Kingz, Tupelo Honey, and The Candied Yam are some of the highest-rated late-night Southern spots in Grand Rapids.

There are 4 Southern restaurants in Grand Rapids.

Tupelo Honey, The Candied Yam, and Forty Acres Soul Kitchen are vegetarian-friendly Southern restaurants in Grand Rapids.

Drink pairing tips

  • Tempranillo with your fried chicken

    A red wine and some nice, tasty fried chicken - specifically a Tempranillo - go really well together. This drink will help bring out the most of the spicy in your food, trust us!

  • A next-level pairing for Pale Ale

    Experts often pair fried chicken with a glass of Pale Ale, a popular beer.

  • Pair fried chicken with Champagne

    For an elevated experience, pair your fried chicken with Champagne. This combination works particularly well because this sparkling wine acts as a palate cleanser for the fatty dish.


Fun facts

  • 12 pounds of delicious

    Are you a fan of shrimp? The current record for eating the most shrimp is 12 pounds in only 8! Do you love shrimp enough to beat this record?

  • A must-visit festival in London

    London, United Kingdom is the proud home of the annual World Chicken Festival, held every September to celebrate everything that is good about Southern.


  • The United States's National Southern Food Day

    If you’re ever in The United States during January, be ready to celebrate National Southern Food Day.

Parking in the area

Parking in Grand Rapids can be notoriously tough. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Southern spot.

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