Nicknamed “the caviar of the South,” pimento cheese is a staple below the Mason-Dixon line. It’s usually made from just a few ingredients – cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimento peppers, onion, and a few seasonings, including cayenne pepper for a little kick. Often, it’s simply served with Ritz crackers and whatever pickles are in the larder. Here are 9 takes on the beloved Southern snack.
City Tap House Dupont, Washington, D.C.
This pimento cheese is super spreadable. Slather it on the accompanying Ritz crackers and top it off with a couple of pickled jalapenos for a spicy pop. Folds of prosciutto are available for an additional charge and are worth the splurge. Make a reservation at City Tap House Dupont.
The Mockingbird, Nashville, Tennessee
The dish is actually called Rice, Rice Baby. Pimento cheese packed deep-fried arancini balls come with chamoy (Mexican fruit sauce) for dipping. We’re sure Vanilla Rice would love them. Make a reservation at the Mockingbird.
1KEPT, Charleston, South Carolina
Meet the Mason-Dixon cheese board. Grilled sourdough comes blanketed with pimento cheese. On the side, there’s tomato jam, whole grain mustard, bacon jam, and a plethora of pickled veg. Make a reservation at 1KEPT.
Succotash, Washington, D.C.
The South meets South of the Border. Gooey pimento cheese fundido coronated with corn relish and caramelized onions comes in a charming little cast iron pan. It’s served with seed crackers and grilled flatbread, so you can dunk. Make a reservation at Succotash.