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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462 77
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

2
380 62
Pit Bar-B-Q is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pit Bar-B-Q

3
382 117
Biscuits and gravy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

4
333 110
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

5
340 71
Mashed potato is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

6
314 95
Hush Puppies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Hush Puppies

7
327 119
Sweet tea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

8
284 129
Pecan pie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

9
284 100
Peach Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Peach Cobbler

10
301 87
Country Fried Steak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Country Fried Steak

11
236 94
Chicken "n Dumplins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RachelleJames added Chicken "n Dumplins

12
218 84
Apple Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Apple Cobbler

13
251 131
Grits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

14
217 139
Catfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

15
232 123
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

16
244 119
Gumbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

17
223 119
Po Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Po Boy

18
202 96
Apple butter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

19
180 86
Beignet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

20
198 88
Red velvet cake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

21
175 85
Texas toast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

22
211 102
Red beans and rice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

23
178 105
Texas Chili is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Texas Chili

24
194 119
Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Green Tomatoes

25
214 108
Fried Okra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Okra

26
203 101
Key lime pie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

27
190 107
Sweet potato pie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

28
142 82
Fried Corn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Corn

29
152 96
Fried Turkey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Turkey

30
133 96
Bananas Fosters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Bananas Fosters

31
150 100
Bourbon whiskey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

32
161 119
Crawfish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Crawfish

33
164 129
Collard greens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

34
137 131
Okra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

35
135 98
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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128 115
Black-eyed pea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

37
112 112
Pimento cheese is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

38
122 126
Pork Rinds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pork Rinds

39
106 93
Moonshine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

40
103 92
King cake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

41
98 86
Buttermilk pie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

42
100 116
Boiled Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boiled Peanuts

43
97 100
Etouffe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Etouffe

44
95 102
Corn pudding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Corn pudding

45
60 63
Shrimp Creole is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
maura-quast added

46
45 21
Sweet Potato Fries is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Sweet Potato Fries

47
103 87
Fries served with Gravy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fries served with Gravy

48
75 76
Turnip greens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

49
64 79
Derby Pie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Derby Pie

50
83 105
Boudin Sausage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boudin Sausage