A Real Southern Man is… #2

How do you define a Real Southern Man? We’d love to hear your comments. But first…

Today’s entry of “A Real Southern Man is…” is about as universal a definition of Southerness as can be found. It steers clear of the controversies of politics, religion, race, class and even team affiliation. It’s not about vices or the more base desires of the Southern man. It’s about food. The humblest of foods, but also the most uniquely Southern.

And if you want to test whether a Yankee could ever be converted to the purer faith, just slap a bowl of these down in front of him.

“A Real Southern Man loves grits.”
-TDW, RSM reader

Amen. We may not know what they are (coarsely ground corn.) We may not know how they’re made. (The best ones are stone-ground, the old-fashioned way.) But throw a little salt and butter on them, and we’ll eat them every time. If that Yankee we mentioned above doesn’t leave with an bowl empty and a smile on his face, he’ll never be a Real Southern Man.


  1. The 10-Step Program of Real Southerness | Real Southern Men - January 31, 2012

    […] a classic Southern litmus test. If you can’t eat grits, you’re not a Real Southerner. We’ve written about this simple stone-ground corn concoction before, and the words then bear repeating: [The love of grits] […]

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