5 Southern Foods to be Thankful For

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If I ever had to move North for some reason, there are lots of things I would miss about Texas and the South in general. Number one would be the food! Here is my short list of food I wouldn’t want to leave.


I think just about every town in Texas has a Whataburger. You can’t miss the distinctive orange roof. I’m a traditionalist when I go to Whataburger. If I’m getting a burger, it has to be the #1, a Whataburger with cheese. Many could argue that the A-1 Thick and Hearty Burger is more unique, and it is worth a try for sure.

If you want to go outside the box, I recommend the Chicken Fajita Taco. Those grilled onions rock.

For breakfast or a late night snack, grab a sausage, egg and cheese taquito. Don’t forget the picante sauce!

Raising Canes

These chicken fingers can’t be beat. Canes prides themselves on quality. Their chicken is always fresh; never frozen. They marinate the chicken tenders for 24 hours. Then they are hand battered and cooked to order.

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Mondays call for double toast. Nice shot @teche2

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All I can manage here is the three finger box, which comes with crispy crinkle fries, Texas toast, and delicious Canes Sauce. I almost always drink Diet Coke with lunch, but I am frequently tempted here by the freshly squeezed lemonade served over crushed ice.

If you have a big appetite, you can get the four finger box. The truly insane can order the six finger box, which thankfully comes with an extra side of Canes Sauce.

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Wishing you a #saucesome Tuesday.

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Taco Bueno

At least once in a week in high school, my friends and I paid a visit to Taco Bueno for lunch. Without fail, I ordered the Bueno Chilada Platter, two ground beef chiladas with chili sauce and queso. As if that is not enough, this meal comes with rice, beans, chips and guacamole.

I remain heartbroken that my current city of residence, Houston, does not have a Taco Bueno. I must satisfy my cravings during visits back to Fort Worth. If you find one during the breakfast hour, I suggest the breakfast quesadillas.

Blue Bell Ice Cream

Blue Bell started making ice cream in Brenham, Texas in 1969, with their first flavor, Homemade Vanilla. I have toured the factory, and nothing can top this frozen treat. It takes like old fashioned, hand cranked ice cream.

I recommend trying Southern Hospitality, which is vanilla with chunks of pineapple, roasted pecans, and strawberry sauce. My personal favorite is Moo-llennium Crunch. This amazing flavor contains vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel chunks, pecans, almonds and walnuts.

Brand new for this season is Peppermint Bark, mint ice cream with dark chocolate, white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy. Yes, please!!

Zapp’s Potato Chips

Zapp’s chips come from Gramercy, Lousiana. They have their own special kettles for cooking up thickly sliced potatoes, producing excellent crunch.

Of course, you can grab a bag of the regular flavor because they are delicious, but why stop there? You need to experience the Spicy Cajun Crawtators at least once in life. I personally love the Sweet Creole Onion and the Mesquite Barbeque.

If reading this hasn’t made you hungry, I don’t know what will. Pick something new off the list and go grab a snack!

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