Southern Food You Should Have Tried By Now


Once you know that these southern food are available to you, you’re gonna want to run out to start eating all of them (it even has a cartoon food we want to eat in real life)!

#1 Biscuits and Gravy

We love these biscuits that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  Whether you choose to top it with sausage gravy or mushroom gravy, it’s all good!

Biscuits and Gravy

#2 North Carolina Pulled Pork

North Carolina probably has the U.S.’s best pulled pork.  There’s also nothing better than pairing it with vinegar and pepper sauces!

North Carolina Pulled Pork

#3 Shrimp and Grits

Grits have the consistency of oatmeal but instead of oats, it’s made with corn.  Top it off with some shrimp and you’re good to go!  Add bacon, cheddar, or jalepeños and you’ve found love.

Shrimp and Grits

#4 Texas Brisket

Texans cooks their brisket different ways, depending on where they are.  In Central Texas, they slice it and serve it with bread and thin vinegar-based sauces.  On the other hand, in East Texas, they chop the brisket and serve it in a bun with tomato-based sauces that are sweet and thick.

Texas Brisket

#5 Fried Chicken and Waffles

Well it’s usually just “Chicken and Waffles,” but fried chicken isn’t just available in the south, but their versions are almost near perfect.  Top this classic combination with butter and syrup or even plain gravy.

Fried Chicken and Waffles

#6 Chicken Fried Steak

Flatten a beef steak, batter and fry it, and then smother with gravy.  Get another piece and repeat.

Chicken Fried Steak

#7 Po’ Boys

This was actually named after poor boy strikers who had nothing else to eat in New Orleans in the 1920s.  It used to be a foot long bread with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and sauce.  Now it’s legendary because of its fried shrimp.  We wouldn’t have it any other way!

Po' Boys

#8 Deviled Eggs

Well, you’ve probably tried this one already since they’re a standard for events and shows classic Southern hospitality.

Deviled Eggs

#9 Étoufée

Close to a jambalaya and a gumbo, the dish’s roux base highlights crawfish.


#10 Beignets

These little fried dough rectangles with powdered sugar are just heavenly!  Fun note: this was actually featured as one of Disney Princess Tiana’s specialties!


#11 Peach Cobbler

Not really pie, but more of warm peaches.  A nice way to end a good dinner!

Food Styling; Rebecca Jurkevich  Prop Styling: Marina Malchin

#12 Hushpuppies

Hushpuppies is bite-sized fried cornbread.  Who would’ve thought you could make cornbread even better?


#13 Peanut Brittle

Peanuts in crunchy nougat!  Break it off so you can eat the bite-size pieces.

Peanut Brittle

#14 Fried Green Tomatoes

In bacon fat, fry the unripe tomatoes that’s been battered in cornmeal and flour.  Delish!

Fried Green Tomatoes

#15 Pecan Pie

Who doesn’t love a good pecan pie?  Pecans on a crumbly pie crust is delicious!

Pecan Pie