The South's 10 Favorite Comfort Foods

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Pie
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Hominy Grill Shrimp and Grits
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Shrimp and Grits: Charleston, South Carolina

Find this classic Southern specialty at Hominy Grill, restaurant of James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Stehling. This particular variation includes sautéed shrimp with scallions, mushrooms and bacon over a bed of cheesy grits.  

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Chicken Fried Steak from Houston, Texas
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Chicken Fried Steak: Houston

Babe's Chicken Dinner House is an excellent choice for this Houston classic. Thinly sliced steak is dunked in batter, fried to crispy perfection and smothered in a rich gravy.  

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Fried Green Tomatoes Plated
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Fried Green Tomatoes: Atlanta

The Busy Bee Café is a cozy Atlanta institution that has been serving Southern classics since 1947. The old-school joint's crispy, addictive fried green tomatoes are a palate pleaser.   

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Hot chicken dish
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Hot Chicken: Nashville, Tennessee

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack is the birthplace of Nashville's most iconic chicken dish. Try this blazing-hot bird in mild, medium, hot or extra-hot varieties.

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The Chili Parlor in Austin, Texas
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Texas Chili: Austin, Texas

Don't be shocked when we tell you that the star dish at Texas Chili Parlor is, in fact, chili. The dish Texans commonly refer to as a "Bowl o' Red" is nothing like its northern counterpart. Instead, beans and tomatoes are replaced with hearty chunks of tender beef and a well-spiced tomato paste.

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Miss Myra's in Birmingham, Alabama
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Banana Pudding: Birmingham, Alabama

Miss Myra's banana pudding has been in the family for four generations and running. While there's definitely no proof in what makes Myra's homemade pudding so delicious, it's no secret that good banana pudding will always have the perfect ratio of vanilla custard, wafer cookies and banana slivers in every bite. You can find this Southern classic topped with whipped cream or meringue.

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Buttermilk Biscuits
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Biscuits: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is a small drive-through serving up celebrity status biscuits. These biscuits have the Facebook followers, awards and national recognition to prove their stardom.  

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Bowl of Gumbo
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Gumbo: New Orleans, Louisiana

DTB (short for "down the bayou") in New Orleans is the place to find the perfect bowl of meaty seafood gumbo. Chef Carl Schaubhut's version of the Creole classic contains a glorious mixture of Louisiana blue crab, collard greens and a pad of crab fat.

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Chess Pie at Pie Kitchen in Louisville, Kentucky
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Chess Pie: Louisville, Kentucky

No shortcuts are taken with Pie Kitchen's delectable chess pie. This scratch-made Kentucky delight is kept classic with just a little flour and a lot of sugar, eggs and butter baked inside a crispy pie crust. Classic varieties often include vanilla, lemon and chocolate.  

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Bowl of Macaroni and Cheese
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Macaroni and Cheese: Charlotte, North Carolina

Mert's is the place to go if you want macaroni and cheese. This classic side dish contains a velvety, rich mixture of melty cheese and sharp cheddar. This mac 'n' cheese has been spotlighted on Diner's Drive-ins and Dives and eaten by countless celebrities.  

By Savanna Syms on 02/28/2018

Aptly named, comfort food is perfect after a long, hard day. From banana pudding to chicken fried steak, here are 10 classic comfort foods Southerners love and where to find the best versions of those dishes.