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    22 Foods The South Does Better Than Anywhere Else

    Fried chicken from a chain? No, just no.

    1. Crawfish

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    Plates and silverware not required.

    2. Chicken and Dumplings

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

    3. Pecan Pie

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    Karo syrup makes this one of the sweestest desserts ever.

    4. Corn Bread

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    Starting a hearty meal with this is a must.

    5. Fried Chicken

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

    6. Biscuits and Gravy

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

    7. Gumbo

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    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

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

    10. Fruit Coobler

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

    11. Muffuletta

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

    12. Red Beans and Rice

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    Beans and rice, oh so nice!!!

    13. Grits

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    Don't even think about using instant grits!

    14. Brunswick Stew

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    Squirrel and rabbit are your meat choices.

    15. Tabasco

    The king of hot sauce.

    16. BBQ

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

    17. Sweet Tea

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    You had me at Sweet Tea.

    18. Chicken Fried Steak

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    This dish deserves its own national holiday.

    19. Chicken and Waffles

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

    20. Jambalaya

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

    21. Bread Pudding

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    Seconds, anyone?

    22. Fried Green Tomatoes

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    A great side, movie, and book.

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