Pimento Cheese Beignets

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Reinventing the Southern cuisine. I love it when restaurants take familiar favorites and turn them into something new and exciting.

I just had to try the Pimento Cheese Beignets at South Restaurant in Raleigh at North Hills just across the street from REI. I usually associate beignets with confectioner's sugar, chicory flavored coffee and New Orleans. But you can fill those deep fried pastries with anything from crawfish to shrimp.

I think South (formerly Savannah's) has done an excellent job with its Pimento Cheese Beignets. They made an excellent appetizer to my shrimp and grits which I rank as very good but not quite in the league as the S&G at Crook's Corner. I also thoroughly enjoyed the She Crab soup at South.

What about you? Where do you go to get creative Southern cooking that not only delights but surprises the palate?

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