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Samantha Dillinger
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List Rules Upvote your favorite traditional foods from the U.S. South

Head on down south of the Mason-Dixon Line, y'all, and make yourself at home!  The best Southern dishes are a combination of sweet dishes, savory dishes, and the best Creole cooking in the world. Some of the best pies, the tastiest fried foods, and the guiltiest pleasures in food have their origins in Southern cuisine, and this list of greatest dishes from the South lets you vote on which of the tasty regional treats are the best.

Think there's nothing better than biscuits and gravy? Love the spicy kick of some jambalaya? Ready to let loose on some key lime pie? You're at no loss for great Cajun delights and delicious Creole specialties on this list of Southern food favorites. If you don't see one of your favorite Southern dishes in the mix, make sure to add it so others can get to know (and taste), the best of Southern cooking.

What are the best Creole dishes? What are the top Cajun specialties? What are the best foods from the South? You'll find some great Southern foods to love on this list of food specialties from the South. Just try not to get too hungry looking at it!
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Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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333 55
Pit Bar-B-Q is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pit Bar-B-Q

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325 105
Biscuits and gravy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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285 96
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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288 67
Mashed potato is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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284 103
Sweet tea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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269 84
Hush Puppies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Hush Puppies

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236 117
Pecan pie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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246 84
Peach Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Peach Cobbler

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259 75
Country Fried Steak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Country Fried Steak

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197 84
Chicken "n Dumplins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RachelleJames added Chicken "n Dumplins

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191 70
Apple Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Apple Cobbler

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185 120
Catfish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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215 116
Grits is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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200 107
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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210 104
Gumbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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193 104
Po Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Po Boy

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164 86
Texas Chili is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Texas Chili

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172 82
Apple butter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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153 75
Texas toast is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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180 86
Key lime pie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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186 90
Red beans and rice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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166 77
Red velvet cake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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149 78
Beignet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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180 92
Fried Okra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Okra

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162 105
Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Green Tomatoes

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168 91
Sweet potato pie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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121 69
Fried Corn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Corn

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136 84
Fried Turkey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Turkey

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133 85
Bourbon whiskey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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149 108
Collard greens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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118 82
Bananas Fosters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Bananas Fosters

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137 105
Crawfish is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Crawfish

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119 114
Okra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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111 85
Shrimp and Grits is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Shrimp and Grits Lowland SC favorite.  

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108 99
Black-eyed pea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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91 73
Moonshine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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107 105
Pork Rinds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pork Rinds

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95 97
Pimento cheese is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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85 99
Boiled Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boiled Peanuts

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85 82
King cake is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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82 88
Corn pudding is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Corn pudding

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77 75
Buttermilk pie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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63 58
Turnip greens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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79 88
Etouffe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Etouffe

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86 73
Fries served with Gravy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fries served with Gravy

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44 50
Shrimp Creole is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
maura-quast added Shrimp Creole

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71 90
Boudin Sausage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boudin Sausage

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53 67
Derby Pie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Derby Pie

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84 100
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Alligator