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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454 77
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

2
374 61
Pit Bar-B-Q is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pit Bar-B-Q

3
376 115
Biscuits and gravy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

4
325 110
Cornbread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

5
337 70
Mashed potato is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

6
309 94
Hush Puppies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Hush Puppies

7
322 119
Sweet tea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

8
280 129
Pecan pie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

9
282 99
Peach Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Peach Cobbler

10
297 85
Country Fried Steak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Country Fried Steak

11
233 94
Chicken "n Dumplins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RachelleJames added Chicken "n Dumplins

12
216 84
Apple Cobbler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Apple Cobbler

13
249 131
Grits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

14
215 137
Catfish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

15
229 122
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

16
240 118
Gumbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

17
218 117
Po Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Po Boy

18
198 96
Apple butter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

19
176 86
Beignet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

20
195 88
Red velvet cake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

21
174 84
Texas toast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

22
209 100
Red beans and rice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

23
177 103
Texas Chili is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Texas Chili

24
211 107
Fried Okra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Okra

25
191 118
Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Green Tomatoes

26
202 100
Key lime pie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

27
186 107
Sweet potato pie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

28
141 81
Fried Corn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
RuthAlexander added Fried Corn

29
151 95
Fried Turkey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fried Turkey

30
132 95
Bananas Fosters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Bananas Fosters

31
148 99
Bourbon whiskey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

32
158 117
Crawfish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Crawfish

33
163 128
Collard greens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

34
136 130
Okra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

35
132 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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127 114
Black-eyed pea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

37
111 110
Pimento cheese is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

38
121 124
Pork Rinds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Pork Rinds

39
105 92
Moonshine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

40
97 85
Buttermilk pie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

41
100 92
King cake is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

42
99 115
Boiled Peanuts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Boiled Peanuts

43
95 99
Etouffe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Etouffe

44
94 101
Corn pudding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Corn pudding

45
57 62
Shrimp Creole is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
maura-quast added

46
73 75
Turnip greens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Southern Dishes

47
100 87
Fries served with Gravy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Fries served with Gravy

48
40 21
Sweet Potato Fries is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Sweet Potato Fries

49
97 114
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Southern Dishes
Alligator

50
78 66
Chess pie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Southern Dishes