the south The Best Southern Dishes  

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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346 59
Pit Bar-B-Q is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pit Bar-B-Q

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345 107
Biscuits and gravy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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299 102
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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307 69
Mashed potato is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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284 87
Hush Puppies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Hush Puppies

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297 110
Sweet tea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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262 87
Peach Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Peach Cobbler

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251 123
Pecan pie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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270 79
Country Fried Steak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Country Fried Steak

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203 74
Apple Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Apple Cobbler

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209 88
Chicken "n Dumplins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RachelleJames added Chicken "n Dumplins

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228 121
Grits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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196 127
Catfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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208 113
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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216 111
Gumbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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204 108
Po Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Po Boy

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182 84
Apple butter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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170 90
Texas Chili is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Texas Chili

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161 78
Texas toast is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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190 90
Key lime pie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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194 93
Red beans and rice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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176 81
Red velvet cake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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159 82
Beignet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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189 97
Fried Okra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Okra

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173 109
Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Green Tomatoes

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174 97
Sweet potato pie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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129 72
Fried Corn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Corn

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142 87
Fried Turkey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Turkey

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126 86
Bananas Fosters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Bananas Fosters

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139 89
Bourbon whiskey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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152 115
Collard greens is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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144 110
Crawfish is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Crawfish

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124 120
Okra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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120 89
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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Macaroni and cheese is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
BHinz added Macaroni and cheese

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115 103
Black-eyed pea is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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111 112
Pork Rinds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pork Rinds

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94 80
Moonshine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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100 103
Pimento cheese is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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86 78
Buttermilk pie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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91 87
King cake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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88 107
Boiled Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boiled Peanuts

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88 94
Corn pudding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Corn pudding

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85 92
Etouffe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Etouffe

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94 78
Fries served with Gravy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fries served with Gravy

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66 65
Turnip greens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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50 55
Shrimp Creole is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
maura-quast added Shrimp Creole

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70 60
Chess pie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

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74 97
Boudin Sausage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boudin Sausage