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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473 83
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

2
389 64
Pit Bar-B-Q is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pit Bar-B-Q

3
393 119
Biscuits and gravy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

4
346 112
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

5
349 74
Mashed potato is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

6
297 129
Pecan pie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

7
322 98
Hush Puppies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Hush Puppies

8
339 124
Sweet tea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

9
292 104
Peach Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Peach Cobbler

10
308 92
Country Fried Steak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Country Fried Steak

11
226 86
Apple Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Apple Cobbler

12
241 99
Chicken "n Dumplins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RachelleJames added Chicken "n Dumplins

13
258 135
Grits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

14
222 142
Catfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

15
238 127
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

16
248 124
Gumbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

17
228 123
Po Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Po Boy

18
207 100
Apple butter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

19
186 88
Beignet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

20
205 90
Red velvet cake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

21
181 88
Texas toast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

22
184 107
Texas Chili is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Texas Chili

23
199 122
Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Green Tomatoes

24
215 106
Red beans and rice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

25
221 113
Fried Okra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Okra

26
209 106
Key lime pie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

27
198 109
Sweet potato pie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

28
148 85
Fried Corn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Corn

29
157 102
Bourbon whiskey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

30
155 101
Fried Turkey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Turkey

31
136 100
Bananas Fosters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Bananas Fosters

32
166 122
Crawfish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Crawfish

33
170 132
Collard greens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

34
141 136
Okra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

35
141 99
Shrimp and Grits is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Shrimp and Grits Lowland SC favorite.
 

36
131 117
Black-eyed pea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

37
112 94
Moonshine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

38
115 115
Pimento cheese is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

39
125 128
Pork Rinds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pork Rinds

40
100 88
Buttermilk pie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

41
104 118
Boiled Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boiled Peanuts

42
105 95
King cake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

43
99 102
Etouffe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Etouffe

44
96 105
Corn pudding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Corn pudding

45
49 22
Sweet Potato Fries is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Sweet Potato Fries

46
63 66
Shrimp Creole is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
maura-quast added

47
108 89
Fries served with Gravy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fries served with Gravy

48
77 79
Turnip greens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

49
66 81
Derby Pie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Derby Pie

50
102 117
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Alligator