25 delicious foods everyone should try in the South

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Shrimp and Grits

Flickr/Tom Noe

Shrimp and grits.

Most people think there's nothing more to Southern cuisine than fried chicken and barbecue.

However, lowcountry meals are so much more than that: they're unpretentious, flavorful, and will make you feel right at home. They're the reason Southern hospitality is a thing.

Although mimicked across the country, the authentic culinary experience of the South cannot be recreated, and the area reigns champion to some of America's favorite foods.

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We've rounded up the top 25 things you need to try when you're down South.