Sides

No one is going to your Fourth of July cookout to eat salad. Really, no one.

The website Thrillist just ranked 30 popular cookout and barbecue sides from best to worst. It's not based on a survey or anything, just their staff's opinions . . . but it's hard to argue with a lot of it.

Their picks for the five best cookout sides are:  Potato chips . . . watermelon . . . mac and cheese . . . elote (EE loh tay), which is grilled corn covered in chilies, butter, and cheese . . . and biscuits.

And the five worst cookout sides are: Green salad . . . ants on a log . . . bean salad . . . ambrosia salad, which is fruit salad with marshmallows and whipped cream . . . and corn salad. 

(Thrillist)

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