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by By Amelia Pavlik | Jezebel magazine | March 27, 2017

The pimento cheese hush puppies with country ham and sweet pepper jelly at King + Duke will leave you speechless, thanks to the cheesy goodness folded into the batter (and served up on the side!). Perfect pairing: Try them with a glass of bubbles. $8, @kinganddukeatl

For a fancy take on this fromage classic, head to Restaurant Eugene for the pimento cheese macarons—a sweet and savory snack the resto serves as a complimentary treat for diners. Perfect pairing: Try them with the gin-based Claudia cocktail. @restauranteugeneatl

Asia meets Augusta when it comes to Sweet Auburn Barbecue’s pimento cheese wontons. These fried wontons stuffed with pimento cheese and bacon marmalade equal taste bud bliss. Perfect pairing: Try them with the bourbon-based Don’t Burn the House Down cocktail. $8, @sweetauburnbbq

A big “gracias” goes out to Tupelo Honey Cafe for serving up pimento cheese nachos—tortilla chips smothered in melted pimento cheese, chorizo, black-eyed peas, salsa, sour cream and fresh jalapenos. Perfect pairing: Try them with a pint of Tupelo’s house beer rye ale by RJ Rockers. $10, @tupelohoneycafe

American Cut will have you cheering “more mac and cheese, please!” because of the pimento cheese and breadcrumbs that define its signature version. Perfect pairing: Try it with a glass of 2014 Philippe Raimbault Sancerre Les Fossiles. $9, @americancut