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Looking for a mouthwatering Southern meal near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Southern spots around Saint Paul, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

1. Revival

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Topping the list is Revival. Located at 525 Selby Ave. in Summit-University, the Southern spot, which offers desserts and burgers, is the highest-rated Southern restaurant in Saint Paul, boasting four stars out of 420 reviews on Yelp.

"I know they are known for their chicken, but you have to try the burger (add bacon)," wrote Yelper Erika P. "Literally one of the best burgers I've ever had, and I've had a lot. It is so worth it for a good splurge meal."

2. Handsome Hog

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Next up is downtown's Handsome Hog, situated at 203 Sixth St. East. With four stars out of 362 reviews on Yelp, the cocktail bar and Southern spot, serving waffles and more, has proven to be a local favorite.

Yelper Salinee H. wrote, "For main courses, all the entrees are big servings, so split a couple. I had the half rack of ribs with a side of mac and cheese...oh so good. The fried chicken was a big hit for others. But the brisket was the table winner."

3. Big Daddy's Old Fashioned Barbeque

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Big Daddy's Old Fashioned Barbeque, a spot to score barbecue and more in Thomas Dale, is another go-to, with four stars out of 153 Yelp reviews. Head over to 625 University Ave. West to see for yourself.

"This place is a staple here in the community as it has been here for a while serving up delicious barbecue," noted Yelper Chue V. "I've been here several times in the past and have always enjoyed the food here. The menu is pretty normal for your usual barbecue joint but there is a beef rib sandwich that is absolutely delicious."

4. Bark and the Bite

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Over in Merriam Park, check out Bark and the Bite, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 48 reviews on Yelp. You can find the food truck, which offers barbecue, chicken wings and more, at 2186 Marshall Ave.

"Finally, the Twin Cities has a great barbecue joint," noted Yelper Jeff R. "I haven't found a bad thing on the menu yet. I tried the ribs for the first time — unbelievable. They're smoked for 13 hours and have a special blend of seasoning that stands on its own without sauce. I'll be a regular."

5. Rooster's BBQ Deli

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Last but not least, there's Rooster's BBQ Deli, a West 7th favorite with four stars out of 104 reviews. Stop by 979 Randolph Ave. to hit up the deli, which offers barbecue and more, next time you're looking to satisfy your cravings.

"I ordered the beef ribs for delivery, and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal," wrote Yelper Hassan E. "I usually shy away from beef ribs as they're often tough, but these were really tasty. Loved the coleslaw. Happy I gave Rooster's a shot."


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