Make Room for Seconds

Three top dishes and dressings in the South

Where to find the best…


Twenty minutes from Birmingham, the Bright Star in Bessemer is famous for its young tom turkey, roasted overnight and paired with dressing, giblet gravy, and cranberry sauce. The oldest family-owned restaurant in Alabama, the Bright Star serves close to 1,500 people each Thanksgiving.

Sweet potatoes

You won’t find turkey—or any other meats, for that matter—at Parizade in Durham, North Carolina, which web-CreamedCornNew3hosts the largest vegetarian holiday feast in the country. Instead, order the melt-in-your-mouth Moroccan sweet potatoes, made with leeks and vegan maple “butter” chutney.

Creamed corn

Each Thanksgiving, more than 1,500 people wait in line for dinner at the Loveless Cafe in Nashville, thanks to staples like sweet creamed corn casserole. Made with heavy cream, corn kernels, and a stick of butter, it eats like a dessert.