Virginia is well known for some incredible down-home cooking. We might not be the only state that boasts delicious southern food, but we sure know how to cook it. With unbeatably fresh seafood, local produce, and creative use of flavors, it’s not difficult to see why Virginia has the best food around. This list mixes the traditional well-known Virginia plates with a few local favorites from different restaurants around the state.
1. Rappahannock oysters
Oysters right from the Rappahannock are about as fresh as they come.
2. Homemade apple butter
If you haven't tried it, apple butter probably sounds like a peculiar topping. Rest assured, this delicious spread is good on just about anything. If you're looking for the good stuff, be sure to find a product produced in Winchester, the "Apple Capital of the World."
3. Brunswick stew
It all started in Southern Virginia's Brunswick County. This delicious meat and vegetable stew has brought a little warmth to many a cold evening.
4. Fried chicken and black eyed peas
This southern dish is served to perfection at Molasses Grill in Halifax.
5. Saucy's BBQ sandwich
You can't go wrong with barbecue in VA. Especially from Saucy's BBQ, a walk-up barbecue joint that serves up the real deal.
6. Cherry pie
No list (or meal) is complete without a little dessert. It doesn't get much sweeter than the traditional tart cherry pie with vanilla ice cream. Try a slice from the Beverley Restaurant in Staunton.
7. Smoked trout
Rainbow trout caught in the Northern Virginia region makes for a delicious meal any time of the day.
8. Turkey casserole
This meal is good just about any time of year, not just the day after Thanksgiving. Did you know that Virginia's own Rockingham County was the birthplace of the commercial turkey industry?
9. Pancakes with Highland County maple syrup
Once you've tried it, you'll never go back to store-bought syrup.
10. Chesapeake crabcakes
The same goes for Chesapeake crabmeat. Lumps of this sweet crab meat combined with butter and a little seasoning on top will make the perfect lunch.
11. Pimiento cheese BLT
This sandwich makes a great picnic option. Pimiento cheese adds just the right zip to this traditional sandwich. You could also substitute fried green tomatoes for even more flavor.
12. Chilled watermelon soup
Nothing beats the Virginia humidity quite like chilled watermelon soup. This dish served with feta and mint can be found at Warrenton's Red Truck Bakery.
13. Country ham biscuits
These have been a traditional Virginia dish for years, made all the more delicious with famous Smithfield Ham and a little pepper jelly.
Even with 13 different dishes, this list barely scratches the surface of all the culinary treasures here in Virginia. What other foods would you add to the list?