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Foodies from 10 of our markets have cast their votes and the winners for The Single Best Lunch 2018 have been determined. Check out who won this year’s top honors and see what makes these eateries the most popular lunch spots.

Atlanta: Sisters of the New South

If you’re looking for delicious southern cooking served with a side of southern hospitality, Sisters of the New South is your place to go. They sell classic comfort foods like oxtails, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, mac and cheese, and collard greens. While you will not be able to get your hands on the top-secret family recipes used, you should get your hands on their top-notch food.

Boston: SA PA

SA PA has been a Fooda partner for three years and prepares everything on its menu from its pho to banh mi to egg rolls in-house everyday. As a back to back Single Best Lunch winner, SA PA knows what it takes to be one of the best. SA PA Owner Ky Nguyen spent his childhood in Saigon, and was immersed in the Vietnamese cuisine that he now brings from his roots to your plate. Try the best-selling noodle bowl topped off with the SA PA chili-lime fish sauce the next time you visit this fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant.

Chicago: Blackwood BBQ

Blackwood BBQ doesn’t cut corners, they cut only the best quality meat and vegetables. The brisket is pasture raised, the pork has no added hormones or antibiotics, the chicken is all natural, and everything is sourced from familiar farms so they know how the animals are treated and fed. This level of quality is displayed in their tasty meats that are smoked for 14 hours, and even the mac and cheese which takes four hours to make. Top off your BBQ with one of their six sauces including Chicago style, Memphis style, Kansas City style, North Carolina Style, South Carolina style, or Alabama style.

Dallas: Bone Daddy’s

While there are a total of nine Bone Daddy’s restaurants, the Dallas location is the original that started bringing the “Can’t Get Anywhere Else” experience to BBQ lovers in 2000. Their menu includes classics like smoked prime brisket, baby back ribs, brown sugar ham, and hot link sausage. Be sure to try one of their specialties like the Smokin’ Tailpipes which is smoked brisket and pork, jalapeño, corn, onion, and peppers wrapped up and deep fried. Next time you’re craving slow pit-smoked meat and full-tilt BBQ, stop by Bone Daddy’s.

Houston: Caribbean Cuisine

Caribbean Cuisine is backed by 20 years of experience in cooking Jamaican and other cuisine by Chef Milton Jones, graduate of the Culinary Art Institute. Jamaica’s most famous snack, patties, is mastered by Caribbean Cuisine with a variety high quality meats and a layered yet flaky homemade crust. Be sure to also try their finger-licking good jerk wings that are seasoned to perfection with a homemade seasoning and then slow cooked in a BBQ pit for hours.

LA: Meme’s Texas BBQ Smokehouse

Meme’s Texas BBQ Smokehouse is a family affair that has been smoking meats for three generations and brings Texas-style BBQ to East Los Angeles. Their BBQ is smoked in-house daily, with a secret combination of 13 spices used on their pork spare ribs. The ribs are then smoked with applewood and hickory for three hours, and then topped off with homemade barbecue sauce. If you’re craving authentic Texas barbecue, visit Meme’s and try the fan favorites of the BBQ ribs, pulled pork sandwich, or their beef brisket.

Nashville: Blue Moon BBQ

While good BBQ comes once in a blue moon, this back to back winner of the Single Best Lunch in Nashville brings nothing but the best to Lebanon, Tennessee. Owner and Pitmaster Todd Beaird uses top quality, fresh meats rubbed with secret spices and slow cooked over hickory wood to create the award-winning barbecue. The beef brisket, smoked chicken, and mac and cheese are the customer favorites at Blue Moon, with their mac and cheese selling out every day. At Fooda popups, Blue Moon brings four types of meat, six side options, and three desserts, allowing consumers to pick the options that fulfill their barbecue cravings.

NYC: Dinosaur BBQ

Dinosaur BBQ does not mess around when it comes to their barbecue. They are nationally acclaimed, with their food and sauces being honored in Men’s Health and Eating Well magazines. They have also been named the country’s number one BBQ by Good Morning America, and has been featured on many Food Network and Travel Channel shows. Dinosaur BBQ’s menu has a strong influence from Southern barbecue, with other flavors mixed in to create a unique barbecue taste. Visit this Harlem restaurant and try the popular pulled pork sandwich with a side of fried green tomatoes.

Philly: Halal Guys

The Halal Guys started in NYC, and due to its popularity opened several other locations across the US, including one in Philly. They bring a mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors to their perfectly seasoned and high quality meats and rice, that are topped with their famous white sauce. This location also offers french fries and hummus in addition to the traditional menu for those who want to change things up. However, if you’re looking to keep it classic you cannot go wrong with the platter topped with either gyro or chicken and covered in the white sauce. The Philly location is also active on social media, sharing announcements, giveaways, and new menu items so be sure to check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

Congrats to all of our lunch champions and stay tuned for our interviews with all of our winners!