Even for the bacon-shy (yes there are a few of us out there), the Fried Green Tomato BLT ($8.95) is a must-order at Hominy Grill in Charleston. Head chef Robert Stehling takes an otherwise ordinary lunchbox staple and gives it his personal twist. Fried green tomatoes, neither overly crunchy or too soggy, are topped with a few slabs of crispy bacon and iceberg lettuce.
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This combination of sharp cheddar, sliced pimentos, full-fat mayonnaise, and a touch of bourbon is ceamy, fatty, and rich in flavor. With a zesty chile powder kick at the end, this pimento cheese spread feels every bit as decadent as it should.