Southern Living rolled out its lists of the “South’s best” last week, and even though Statesman food critic Matthew Odam argues Texas isn’t actually a part of the South, many Texas and Austin staples have earned a place on the magazine’s various lists.
The magazine ranked Austin No. 7 on its list of best cities in the South, writing, “Musicians might still head to America’s live-music capital in hopes of hitting it big, but now so do those looking to launch start-ups and work in the tech industry.”
Recently, Austin has also been named super cool, hard working and—um—romantic, but this just solidifies what many Austinites already knew: That Austin is the best place to live in America. Or at least a pretty great place if you don’t count Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., New Orleans or any of those other Southern cities the magazine ranked above Austin. At least it’s the only Texas city on the list.
Austin already made Southern Living’s best-of lists when the magazine ranked Jester King among the best breweries in the South, dubbed the Driskill Bar as one of the best in Texas, ranked Salt Lick higher than Franklin on its list of best barbecue joints and named Hill Country getaway Fredericksburg one of the top small towns in the South.