What Are the Preferences for Virginians in Thanksgiving Side Dishes?

What Are the Preferences for Virginians in Thanksgiving Side Dishes?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

In Virginia, while turkey remains the marquee Thanksgiving Day dish on the dinner table on the fourth Thursday in November, there are certainly those in the commonwealth who also make room for the regional favorite of Virginia baked ham.

However, regardless of whether it’s turkey or ham that has the place of honor as the centerpiece on the Thanksgiving dining table, there is still an issue of what sides will help round out the perfect holiday meal.

So, let's take a minute away from reporting on Virginia sports betting to look at those favorite side dishes.

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Which Thanksgiving Side Dish Is No. 1?

BetVirginia.com -- utilizing Google Trends -- analyzed the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes of Virginians by examining the search results of each side dish from Nov. 1, 2021 to Nov. 30, 2021.

The dishes researched were the most in total searches in the United States, and included familiar standards such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, candied yams, Brussels sprout and cranberry sauce.

What that survey showed was that the No. 1 Thanksgiving side dish for Virginia was an old favorite Southern comfort food – savory mac & cheese.

Mac & cheese attracted 30% interest, according to the research. A relatively close second was another traditional Turkey Day favorite, stuffing, with 25% interest.

Rounding out the top five for Thanksgiving sides were: No. 3 mashed potatoes (19%); No. 4 green bean casserole (15%) -- after all, you need a veggie - and No. 5 sweet potato casserole (11%).

BetVirginia.com also broke down the side dishes to regions of the state and nearby locations.

The most popular side dishes of each major city area were:

  • Washington D.C.:  mac & cheese (29%)
  • Roanoke: mac & cheese (36%)
  • Richmond: mac & cheese (34%)
  • Norfolk: mac & cheese (31%)

There you have it. In Virginia, it is mac & cheese, all around.

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Top Virginia Side Dishes

RankSide Dish% Interest
πŸ— 1 Macaroni & cheese30%
πŸ— 2 Stuffing25%
πŸ— 3 Mashed Potatoes19%
πŸ— 4Green bean casserole15%
πŸ— 5Sweet potato casserole11%




Bill Ordine

Bill Ordine was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others

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