7 Iconic Georgia Foods You Need To Try

Head to the South to enjoy some of the most mouthwatering BBQ in America, and be sure to make your way to the Peach State to sample some of the country’s finest dishes. Georgia is famous for traditional Southern cooking. Set off on a culinary adventure and be sure to dig into these Georgia foods along the way…

Georgia Foods You Need To Try

1. Peaches

Home cooks and chefs around the state use peaches in pies, jams, jellies, ice cream, and of course, peach cobbler. Georgia is famous for being ‘The Peach State’, so be sure to try some of the finest peach desserts there.

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2. Fried Chicken

It’s been said that the best fried chicken is cooked (and eaten) in the South. Prepare to drool over chicken that is tender and juicy inside, with a well-seasoned and crispy outside.

Stop by Mary Macs Tea Room in Atlanta, where the chicken is crisp, lightly battered and has been an Atlanta standard for more than 70 years.

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3. Peanuts

Boiled peanuts are sold at roadside stands statewide and at Jaemor Farms in Alto. Also available are raw peanuts, green peanuts, roast peanuts, fried peanuts and the best boiled peanuts in the area. Traditional or Cajun-style, this salty snack is a taste worth acquiring.

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4. Lowcountry Boil

What’s a lowcountry boil? It’s a one-pot tradition featuring shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn. You’ll find this in a lot of local restaurants. The offering at The Crab Shack on Tybee Island is an eat-with-your-hands feast that always hits the spot.

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5. Shrimp and Grits

This is one of the most famous dishes in the South, popular for any time of the day. Grits are prepared using ground corn or hominy, and in the south they’re often served with shrimp, cheese, or at the very least, butter.

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6.  Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie is a traditional dessert in Georgia. It’s a little like custard pie, but even better! The buttermilk pie in Yesterday Cafe in Greensboro is from a family recipe that’s a favorite with “Southern Living,” “Good Morning America” and country star Carrie Underwood.

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7. Pimento Cheese

You can’t call yourself a true lover of Southern cuisine unless you’ve tried pimento cheese spread! This roasted red pepper and cheese spread is delicious as a dip for crackers, chips and veggies, spread on toast points or biscuits, and also for deviled eggs.

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I am originally from up north, but now that I live in Savannah, my favorite food to eat is a low country boil I know a few people that go out and catch the shrimp fresh, CAN’T beat it! Such a simple and easy to cook meal that can feed my entire family.