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Sweet cinnamon sticky buns are perfect with pecans on top. 960 1280

  

Cooked in a vat of bubbling oil, these french fries are a true indulgence. 960 1280

  

Fill up with a plate of tasty spaghetti served with tomato sauce and flecks of fresh basil. 960 1280

  

The only thing that can improve on a tasty slice of rich New York cheesecake is a gooey topping of sweet cherries. 960 1280

  

This burger is an all-American favorite, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, special sauce and, of course, bacon. 960 1280

  

Don't just dismiss mac and cheese as kids' food; the luscious, creamy goodness tempts adult palates, too. 960 1280

  

The crisp green beans and burst cherry tomatoes look tasty, but the star on this plate is the mouthwatering steak. 960 1280

  

Who needs a plain doughnut when you can enjoy one topped with creamy icing and colorful sprinkles? 960 1280

  

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Fried Pies

Fried Pies

Take a big ole bite out of a tantalizing fruit-filled fried pie -- and we don’t mean the McDonald’s kind. Tennesseans have been wrapping apples, peaches and berries in pie crust and deep-frying it for years, and they know how to do it right. 960 1280

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Sweet tea

Sweet tea

No Southern meal is complete without a glass of sweet tea. Iced tea sweetened with plenty of sugar is standard in the South, so consider this your warning if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth. 960 1280

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RC Cola and Moon Pie

RC Cola and Moon Pie

First invented at Chattanooga Bakery, moon pies are a Tennessee tradition. In the 1950s stores began selling moon pies and RC Cola together. The combination was the inspiration for the ’50s hit “Gimme an RC Cola and a Moon Pie,” as well as the annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.
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Country ham

Country ham

Country ham is arguably Tennessee’s most famous delicacy. The hams are salt-cured and served boiled, broiled or fried, and give Virginia’s Smithfield hams a run for their money. 960 1280

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Fried catfish

Fried catfish

Tennesseans also love their fried catfish, a popular Southern specialty that’s often served with hush puppies -- little balls of fried cornmeal. 960 1280

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Stack cake

Stack cake

An Appalachian specialty, stack cake is made of thin layers of cake with an apple filling between each. Legend has it that the cakes were originally a wedding tradition -- guests would each bring a layer, and the number of layers represented the popularity of the bride. 960 1280

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes

The official fruit of Tennessee, tomatoes grow particularly well in the state’s soil and sun. 960 1280

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Memphis Ribs

Memphis Ribs

You can’t visit Tennessee without a big ole plate of Memphis barbecue, distinctive for its flavorful dry rub rather than the usual messy sauce. 960 1280

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Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels

Tennessee is also home to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey; the famous spirit has been distilled and bottled in Lynchburg, TN, since 1875. 960 1280

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Baked beans

Baked beans

Bush’s Original Baked Beans also have their roots in Tennessee, but don’t bother asking for the recipe -- it has remained a closely-guarded family secret since the 1930s. 960 1280

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Biscuits and red-eye gravy

Biscuits and red-eye gravy

The perfect accompaniment to Tennessee country ham is a spread of biscuits and red-eye gravy -- a sauce made from a mixture of ham drippings and coffee. 960 1280

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