Yams

Although botanists say they are two very different things, in U.S. vernacular, “yam” is synonymous with “sweet potato” – the orange root vegetable that is baked whole and buttered or mashed and made into a casserole with marshmallows on top. They’re on menus everywhere, especially in southern cafes. The best place to eat them is Maryland’s eastern shore, where several varieties are grown, light and dark, sweet and earthy. In this region, one of the many great things made with them is a sweet potato biscuit: great on its own, superb when sandwiching slices of country ham.

Restaurants With This Dish

Takosushi

AIKEN, SC

Whole okra pods fried with a delicate crust
Fat Man’s Cafe

AUGUSTA, GA

Lamb on a skewer, draped with limp grilled onions
Meridian Corner

FREEMAN, SD

Bush’s
A single fried shrimp with crisp crust so thin you can see through it.
Horace & Dickie’s

WASHINGTON, DC

M & M Soul Food Cafe

LAS VEGAS, NV

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