Great Smoky Mountains
Back in the early settlement years, an Appalachian meal would consist solely of locally produced foods—pork, chicken, onions, and a variety of greens—because of the poorly conditioned and inaccessible roads. These same ingredients feature prominently in the region's modern food, too. Try a slab of country ham served with fresh-from-the-oven buttermilk biscuits at Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, or the famously hearty cuts of barbecued pork slowly cooked over a wood fire at Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que. Accompany your main dish with a side of cheese grits, green beans, and slaw, and you've got a complete, authentic Appalachian meal.