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10 Best Dishes to Order in the South

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Traveling to the southeastern United States? Try one or more of these top ten menu suggestions.

What are the 10 best dishes to order in the south? The southeastern United States is known for its comfort food. If you are wondering what to order and never visited the South and maybe you have heard tale of fried alligator and frog legs, check out this top ten list to put your mind at ease. The following 10 dishes can usually be found at any traditional southern restaurant and are go-to dishes for those of us living in the southeast. Most southern restaurants serve up these dishes all-day long.

1. Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwiches

Pulled pork barbecue sandwiches are a tried and true favorite. This is definitely a great pick when you are looking for something to order that is great tasting and a staple on most southern menus. Pulled pork barbecue is one of those dishes that we southerners pride ourselves on and most barbecue places down here proudly display their awards along the shelves of their restaurants and in their windows. The competition for the best tasting pulled pork barbecue is fierce, so this dish receives this number one spot for the best dishes to order in the south. It is tough to survive selling sloppy pork down here. The barbecue itself may be sloppy, but it sure as hell better be good, because people in the south know their barbecue sandwiches. Tried the pulled pork and odds are that you will not be disappointed.

2.Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy, cheesy, topped with breadcrumbs, and served baked and sometimes fried, Macaroni and Cheese is in the second spot for best dishes to order in the south. This dish is the definition of comfort food. Warm cheese covering pasta, we in the south eat macaroni and cheese by the pound. Thinking you will get something resembling Blue Box macaroni and cheese or Velveeta when you order from a southern restaurant? Not too likely. Most restaurants serve this dish up their own special way. Some dishes feature different cheeses and pastas and expect that it can come cooked a variety of different styles, with the microwave not often being one of them. If you are searching your menu for a comforting dish of cheesy wonderfulness, search your menu for their Macaroni and Cheese, you will likely find it featuring the restaurants own twist.

3. Shrimp and Grits

One of the most classic southern dishes in existence. Shrimp is brought in by the shipload down here, and grits have long been a southern tradition. Grits are mainly served as a breakfast side dish here, but shrimp and grits is one of favorites on the menus in the South. Why? The creamy grits, creole spices, succulent shrimp send your mouth into taste heaven. This dish is also considering a comfort food and can be found on most menu featuring traditional southern food. Another type of restaurant you will likely find this dish on the menu? Brunch spots, which are exceedingly popular in the south.

4. Fried Green Tomatoes

Ever heard of the movie, 'Fried Green Tomatoes'? Well it is not just a great movie, it is a very popular recipe. Green tomatoes are picked, sliced up, and dunked in a light batter, before being fried and served up as a stand-alone dish, or stuck inside sandwiches served with cheeses and great tasting bread. If the menu has them, order them. Fried Green Tomatoes are some of the best eating here in the south.

5. Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and gravy. The perfect combination. Once you have had biscuits and gravy it will always have a special place in your cravings. This dish is frequently featuring in southern restaurants, both on the breakfast and lunch and dinner menus. A definite must try.

6. Pot Roast

A southern classic, I ate this almost every Sunday growing up. Cooked usually for hours, together with onions, potatoes, carrots and various other vegetables, this is mouth-wateringly delicious. I have seen it featured in omelets, in sandwiches and served as main dishes, but the options are endless. Have you ever had a pot roast pot pie? As one of the 10 best dishes to order, I have to highly recommend ordering this the first time in the traditional way its served as a main dish with a side such as rice. The flavor, when it has been cooking all day long, is like no other.

7. Fried Chicken

Usually hand battered at the most famous fried chicken spots, this is a southern dish you must try. Most people have had fried chicken, but fried chicken, is like barbecue, a competitive sport. Many people have secret family recipes and some restaurants are known for their special herbed batters. If the restaurant you are at is known for their recipe or has awards for their fried chicken, then you can bet the fried chicken one of a kind.

8. Brunswick Stew

Brunswick stew is a southern tradition. The stew is made with either chicken or pork barbeque, ketchup, vinegar, barbecue sauce, and various spices. Brunswick stew is usually made the same day that the meat is barbecued, and is often served as a side dish with the barbecue. Different people vary the recipe and yes, Brunswick stew is another dish people often enter into cooking competitions. It is traditional southern comfort food, and the aroma smells delicious while the stew is cooking. Most barbecue restaurants offer it as a side dish, and you would be wise to try a bowl.

9. Fried Rainbow Trout

Fried Rainbow Trout is a southern classic. Rainbow trout are a native species of trout to the southern streams and have an amazing flavor. Many times this dish is served with pecans, a nut that is also native to the southern region of the United States. This is a smaller fish, but it packs a lot of flavor and is great for your health. A must try if you find it on the menu.

10. Boiled Crawfish

A southern classic. Boiled crawfish are succulent and often served steaming hot with classic creole seasoning. They can be difficult to eat, but they are worth it. Crawfish are a smaller crustacean, native to the southern waters. Significantly smaller than a lobster, when cooked, they have the same robust red color. Number ten on the 10 best dishes to order, ordering and eating boiled crawfish is an experience everyone should have at least once.



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