Jones BBQ - Marianna, Arkansas
Credit: Jones BBQ

Started in 1910 by Walter Jones, this place is one of the oldest African-American owned restaurants in the country. Winner of the 2012 James Beard Foundation American Classics Award, the honor hasn’t changed Jones BBQ in the least – its meat is still smoked in the same cinder-block pit, and tended by James Jones, Walter's grandson. Jones serves it up old school for barbecue lovers, but be sure to get there early; when they’re out, they’re out.

What to Order: The pork shoulder, smoked to perfection.