Chef Frank Kline at Grace & Grit has a goal of staying local and serving spins on Southern favorites at his new Mount Pleasant restaurant. The former Acme Lowcountry Kitchen boss is delivering just that with a dinner service that feels like the remake of a classic movie. Unexpected flavors are mixed into the dishes that Charlestonians have grown to love, producing a menu that is approachable yet thrilling.
House-smoked bacon enhances recognizable hits like fried green tomatoes and she-crab chowder, and Kline is sending out 15 different varieties of grits. Sweet options like blueberry and coconut cream make up the “grace,” while savory flavors such as pimento cheese and brussels pesto make up the “grit.” Guests can order the hearty side dish a la carte, or opt for the ultimate Southern appetizer — the grit flight — which comes with four sample-sized variations.
The fare has everything a proper Southern meal should have — corn bread, collard greens, fried chicken. Kline imparts his twist in the “chef’s creation” section of the menu, which allows visitors to choose from three types of local fish and six different preparations, like blackened wreckfish with butterbeans and creamed corn.
Plenty of visitors have documented their Grace & Grit plates on Instagram. Take a look here.
Expect a relaxed and mature vibe inside the spacious dining area, and should post up at the cozy marble bar for a pre-dinner beer from Charleston breweries like Revelry, Holy City, and Palmetto.