That sounds like cajun. I consider that more of a new orleans thing than a southern thing. At least, that has always been my impression.
... boiled peanuts?
Louisiana is part of the South.
Actually, people in coastal North Carolina eat a lot of steamed oysters (even on Hooter's nationwide chain menus they call steamed oysters "carolina style"), and fried catfish can actully be made fairly spicy. Southern people also eat a lot of greens and tomatoes, and put vinegar on said greens and fried fish. Pulled pork sandwiches can run to the spicy side too, especially if you add extra hot sauce. Grandmas like to pickle everything they can get their hands on. None of those things are bland, and they're all fairly common throughout the South. Have you ever had blackstrap molasses? It has a much stronger taste than either honey or sugar.
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Gumbo is a stew or soup originating in Louisiana which is popular across the Gulf Coast of the United States and into the U.S. South. It consists primarily of a strong stock, meat and/or shellfish, a thickener, and the vegetable "holy trinity" of celery, bell peppers, and onion. The soup is traditionally served over rice. A traditional lenten variety called gumbo z'herbes (from the French gumbo aux herbes), essentially a gumbo of smothered greens thickened with roux, also exists.
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