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The Southern Omnivore’s Hundred | September 12, 2008

Earlier this week, Lemmonex did a wonderful job of compiling a purely American version of the Omnivore’s Hundred.  As I tallied my score, though, I couldn’t help but think that even an American list would be vastly different depending on the region of the country from which the author hailed.

I’ve spent the majority of my life in the Deep South, so naturally, I decided to create yet another list of foods and beverages.  I hereby present to you…drumroll please…the Southern Omnivore’s Hundred.  These, in my humble opinion, are the 100 items that every good Southerner should eat during his or her life.

1. Collard greens
2. Sweet tea
3. Grits
4. Squash casserole
5. Moonshine
6. Okra
7. Boiled peanuts
8. RC Cola
9. Moon Pie
10. Hoppin’ John
11. Bojangle’s
12. Krystal
13. Waffle House
14. Apple butter
15. Brunswick stew
16. Fried pickles
17. Chicory coffee
18. Frogmore stew
19. Peach cobbler
20. Sorghum
21. Butter beans
22. Red-eye gravy
23. Krispy Kreme
24. Chick-fil-a
25. Memphis BBQ
26. North Carolina BBQ
27. Texas BBQ
28. Georgia BBQ

29. Boiled crawfish
30. Etoufee
31. Minorcan clam chowder
32. Pig’s feet
33. Banana pudding
34. Key lime pie
35. Mint julep
36. Hot brown
37. Abita beer
38. Sweetwater beer
39. Macque choux
40. Chow-chow
41. Fried green tomatoes
42. Pimento cheese sandwich
43. Bread pudding
44. Muscadine wine
45. Hominy
46. Country ham
47. Coke float
48. Any food at a SEC football game tailgate
49. Fried chicken, cooked in a cast iron skillet

50. Sliced tomatoes, picked off the vine
51. Buttermilk
52. Chess pie
53. Divinity
54. Deviled eggs
55. Cornbread
56. Salmon croquettes
57. Chitlins
58. Livermush
59. Candied yams
60. Grouper sandwich
61. Peanut brittle
62. Sawmill gravy
63. Chicken fried steak
64. Biscuits and gravy
65. Monte Cristo
66. Jambalaya
67. “Kegs and Eggs”
68. Green beans cooked in fatback
69. Peel-and-eat shrimp
70. Gulf Coast oysters
71. Benedictine spread
72. Pralines
73. Derby pie
74. King Cake
75. Burgoo
76. Stack cake
77. Bananas Foster
78. Po’Boys
79. Turtle soup
80. Fried pie
81. Molasses
82. Pecan pie
83. Pound cake

84. Hog jowls
85. “Pot likker”
86. Red beans and rice
87. Andouille sausage
88. Gumbo
89. Mufelletta
90. Tabasco sauce
91. Moravian cookies
92. Gullah/Geechee cuisine
93. “Tennessee Truffles”
94. Ambrosia
95. “Arnold Palmer”
96. Pecan crusted trout
97. Scrapple
98. Mississippi mud pie
99. Fried pork chops
100. Kudzu jelly

My score is 80/100, and I am of the mindset that you have to score at least 60 to call yourself a Southerner.  What do you think?



  1. Well done. I hope this was as exhausting for you as it was for us the other day!

    I got a 39. Guess I wasn’t in the South long enough…

    Comment by LivitLuvit — September 12, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

  2. 49! Well, hot diggity…I think I have a little southern in me. That, or a real penchant for fried food.

    Great list.

    PS: Pecan pie and key lime pie on one list? I am in heaven.

    Comment by Lemmonex — September 12, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

  3. 66 – all those years in undergrad and grad school down south were not in vain.

    Comment by restaurantrefugee — September 12, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  4. Livit: Yeah, it took the better part of a day at work. But it was fun!

    Lem: Liking fried food definitely makes it easier to acclimate to the Southern way of life. And pies seem to be our specialty dessert!

    RR: Your time in the South was well-spent, methinks.

    Comment by bettyjoan — September 12, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

  5. Someone has a sweet tooth!

    You musn’t forget the good ‘ole DQ. Dipped cone, Blizzard, etc.

    Comment by freckledk — September 12, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

  6. FK: I think the list has a pretty good mix of savory and sweet, but you can’t deny that Southern women know how to make a damn good dessert. And I thought of DQ, but I wasn’t sure if it was purely a Southern thing–guess I need to do more research.

    Comment by bettyjoan — September 12, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  7. 71/100 – and I’m a Yankee through and through…just shows that good food knows no boundaries. 🙂

    Comment by Columbus Foodie — September 12, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  8. My mother served moonshine from Grundy County, Tenn., one Christmas morning. My yankee-born-and-bred mother-in-law was not amused. Also, I thought apple butter was a Pennsylvannia concoction.

    Comment by hereinfranklin — September 14, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  9. Columbus: Here, here! If you’re a Yankee through and through, I take it you’re not from Columbus, GA. That’s what I get for assuming!

    HIF: You know, reasonable minds differ about where apple butter was originally concocted. However, I’ve had it on many a Southern table, so I figured it should be included. And Grundy County moonshine must be some SERIOUS stuff!

    Comment by bettyjoan — September 18, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

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