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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453 76
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

2
373 61
Pit Bar-B-Q is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pit Bar-B-Q

3
376 114
Biscuits and gravy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

4
324 109
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

5
334 70
Mashed potato is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

6
306 94
Hush Puppies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Hush Puppies

7
320 119
Sweet tea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

8
279 128
Pecan pie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

9
281 98
Peach Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Peach Cobbler

10
295 84
Country Fried Steak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Country Fried Steak

11
215 83
Apple Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Apple Cobbler

12
230 94
Chicken "n Dumplins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RachelleJames added Chicken "n Dumplins

13
214 137
Catfish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

14
248 131
Grits is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

15
228 122
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

16
239 118
Gumbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

17
217 117
Po Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Po Boy

18
197 95
Apple butter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

19
175 86
Beignet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

20
173 83
Texas toast is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

21
209 99
Red beans and rice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

22
177 102
Texas Chili is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Texas Chili

23
193 88
Red velvet cake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

24
202 99
Key lime pie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

25
190 117
Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Green Tomatoes

26
209 107
Fried Okra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Okra

27
141 79
Fried Corn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Corn

28
185 107
Sweet potato pie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

29
151 93
Fried Turkey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Turkey

30
132 94
Bananas Fosters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Bananas Fosters

31
148 97
Bourbon whiskey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

32
158 115
Crawfish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Crawfish

33
162 127
Collard greens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

34
134 130
Okra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

35
132 97
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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125 114
Black-eyed pea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

37
121 122
Pork Rinds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pork Rinds

38
110 110
Pimento cheese is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

39
105 91
Moonshine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

40
97 84
Buttermilk pie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

41
100 91
King cake is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

42
99 114
Boiled Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boiled Peanuts

43
95 98
Etouffe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Etouffe

44
94 100
Corn pudding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Corn pudding

45
56 62
Shrimp Creole is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
maura-quast added

46
100 86
Fries served with Gravy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fries served with Gravy

47
72 75
Turnip greens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

48
40 20
Sweet Potato Fries is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Sweet Potato Fries

49
80 103
Boudin Sausage is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boudin Sausage

50
96 114
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Alligator