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You Love These 21 Mouth-Watering Foods If You’re From Virginia

Rarely do you realize what a good cook your mother (or father) is until you go away from home for the first time. All it takes is a few weeks of surviving on mac n’ cheese and ramen noodles to find yourself daydreaming of home. That feeling becomes even stronger when you move to or visit another part of the country. I can still remember the first time I went out for breakfast and there were no grits on the menu.

Like every state, Virginia has “her” foods — the things that we grew up on and still crave with a sense of nostalgia. But, one of the many things I love about Virginia is that there are such distinct regions and cultures. And that means that some “Virginia foods” aren’t necessarily common to everyone in the state, but I like to think that whether you’ve had everything on the list below or not, they are still part of what makes our state special. For me, these are the things that taste like home.

It’s amazing how a food or drink can take you back in time. So many of these things defined my childhood in Virginia and take me back to a simpler time. What are the foods that make you think of home?

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.