Where you can get it: North Carolina and Virginia
Why it's amazing: This crazy-small chain specializes in, you guessed it, piping-hot buttermilk biscuits -- but not just any old biscuits. These little hand-held pockets of joy are made from scratch and served up fresh from the oven every 15 minutes. Depending on your proclivities, your biscuit arrives doused in Dixieland specialties including a hefty spoonful of creamy pimento cheese, crispy fried pork chops, a blanket of sausage gravy, or flaky fried catfish, amongst many, many others. If you can take the heat, we recommend testing out the spicy cayenne-dipped Nashville hot chicken. And, as if that's not enough, get even comfier with countrified sides like fried okra, Carolina-style coleslaw, sweet potato casserole, cheesy grits, sticky honey buns, and yes, more biscuits.
Where you can get it: Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, Florida, and North Carolina
Why it's amazing: If you thought square patties were just a Wendy’s or White Castle thing, think again. Enter Krystal, a Chattanooga, Tennessee original touting the region's best four-cornered burgs and world-class fried chicken sandwiches -- all served on square buns, of course. The rest of the surprisingly brief menu gets straight down to brass tacks with heaping piles of chili-cheese fries, deep-fried hash brown sticks, deliciously greasy egg-and-cheese biscuits, and hot dogs it adorably calls "pups." Options might be limited, but that only adds to Krystal's Main Street, USA charm. And, speaking of that darling throwback aesthetic, it's not just for looks -- founded way back in 1932, Krystal counts itself as the South's oldest hamburger joint.