22 Foods The South Does Better Than Anywhere Else

Fried chicken from a chain? No, just no.

1. Crawfish

Plates and silverware not required.

2. Chicken and Dumplings

Cooking the dumplings(dough) in the broth makes all the difference.

3. Pecan Pie

Karo syrup makes this one of the sweestest desserts ever.

4. Corn Bread

Starting a hearty meal with this is a must.

5. Fried Chicken

If you never had fried chicken in the South you haven’t had real fried chicken.

6. Biscuits and Gravy

The South didn’t invent biscuits or gravy, but pairing them together = perfection.

7. Gumbo

Whether it’s chicken and sausage or seafood no dish is more closely associated with Louisiana.

8. Fried Okra

Deep fried or pan fried, one of the best side entrees you can have.

9. Catfish and Hush Puppies

Like peanut butter and jelly you will rarely find one without the other.

10. Fruit Coobler

Topped with ice cream and served hot. You will be hard pressed to find a better dessert.

11. Muffuletta

This Italian inspired New Orleans sandwich is the perfect marriage of cultural and regional flavors.

12. Red Beans and Rice

Beans and rice, oh so nice!!!

13. Grits

Don’t even think about using instant grits!

14. Brunswick Stew

Squirrel and rabbit are your meat choices.

15. Tabasco

The king of hot sauce.

16. BBQ

From North Carolina all the way down to Texas the South is the only place BBQ is done right.

17. Sweet Tea

You had me at Sweet Tea.

18. Chicken Fried Steak

This dish deserves its own national holiday.

19. Chicken and Waffles

Can we get paid in chicken and waffles? Now a potato chip flavor.

20. Jambalaya

So much fun to say, and even better to eat.

21. Bread Pudding

Seconds, anyone?

22. Fried Green Tomatoes

A great side, movie, and book.

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