The 10 Best Southern Rivalries of All Time
When it comes to these rivalries, maybe it's best to agree to disagree
It’s no secret that we southerners pride ourselves on our manners. But no matter how kind mama raised us to be, there are just certain things we can’t be expected to see eye to eye on. Whether it’s the best way to drink iced tea or where to go grocery shopping, we all have strong opinions. That’s because the South is as diverse as it is beautiful. Down here we’re proud, and we’ve each got our own way of doing things—the right way.
But one thing we can all agree on is what we can’t agree on. From barbecue sauce to William Faulkner, read on for 10 of the biggest Southern rivalries.
Publix vs. Piggly Wiggly
On one hand you’ve got Piggly Wiggly: the beloved century-old icon known for its down-home feel, local delicacies and great deals. On the other hand sits Publix: the modern, sprawling mega-store that stocks it all. Is it wrong to say we love them both?
Beale Street vs. Bourbon Street
Ah, the battle of the party streets. These two raucous roadways have a lot in common, and plenty that sets them apart. Memphis’ Beale Street, considered the birthplace of the Blues, is about half the size of its New Orleans counterpart, but packs just as much history into a few square blocks. Beale Street is the place to be in Memphis, and one of the country’s top spots for live music. About 400 miles south lies Bourbon Street, home to Mardi Gras, arguably the most famous party street in the world. Bourbon sits at the heart of New Orleans’ most vibrant neighborhood, the French Quarter and is widely considered the birthplace of jazz. Good times are guaranteed at both.
White Barbecue Sauce vs. Vinegar Barbecue Sauce
Residents of Northern Alabama swear by white barbecue sauce—a tangy, mayonnaise based condiment traditionally slathered on chicken, and everything else for that matter. White sauce? You might as well be speaking another language in North Carolina, where residents shake their heads at the thought of any barbecue sauce without a kick of vinegar.
How you order Waffle House hashbrowns
Traditional, scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped, diced, peppered, capped, country, or a combination of a few? Waffle House devotees (basically everyone) know exactly how they like their hashbrowns. And no, we don’t need to see the menu, thank you.
Sweetened vs. Unsweetened
Salty or sweet, but never the two shall meet. The south is divided on sugar. For some, it ain’t iced tea unless it’s sweetened and it ain’t cornbread without a heaping cup of sugar and some syrup for good measure.
Dolly Parton vs. Just kidding! NOBODY COMPARES.
William Faulkner vs. Harper Lee
Both authors wrote honestly and fondly of their beloved South and forever changed the course of American literature. William Faulkner was a Nobel prize winning author from Oxford, Mississippi, who penned some of the greatest novels of all time, including Absalom! Absalom!, As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury. From Monroeville, Alabama, Harper Lee is best known for her seminal work, To Kill a Mockingbird, an indisputable classic.
Every southerner knows you’re either a Chevy person, a Ford person, or a die-hard Dodge person. There’s no in-between.
Waffle House vs. Cracker Barrel
You know you have your go-to. The one you have to stop at on every family road trip. So, what will it be? Rocking chairs, board games and chicken fried chicken at Cracker Barrel or heaps of buttery goodness beneath the yellow glow of that towering Waffle House sign?
Hardee’s vs BoJangles
There’s chicken and biscuits on the right and charbroiled burgers on the left. Which way do you steer your car?