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Shrimp and grits at the Glass Onion.
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11 Places for Great Shrimp and Grits in Charleston

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Shrimp and grits at the Glass Onion.
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Shrimp and grits has long since been a staple in Lowcountry kitchens. Ask a local who has the best, and they are likely to answer that they, or their mother, makes it best. The combination of sea and land was eventually adapted by restaurants and can now be found in almost every establishment claiming to serve Southern fare. Some menus keep it simple with just crustaceans and grains, but others fancy it up with peppers, sausage, tomatoes, or tasso ham.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nigel's Good Food

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3760 Ashley Phosphate Rd
North Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 552-0079
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Start with some Geechie wings at Nigel’s Good Food and then go for “Grandma Fred’s Shrimp & Grits” with onions, bell peppers, bacon, and sausage.

2. Page's Okra Grill

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302 Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 881-3333
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Mount Pleasant staple Page's puts "Ashleigh's Famous Shrimp & Grits" on the dinner menu. Chef Ashleigh Page makes her plate with lightly fried grit cakes and an andouille cream sauce.

3. The Darling Oyster Bar

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513 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-0821
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Step into the stunning dining room at the Darling for brunch on Sunday and and order the shrimp and grits with cheddar grits, crispy Brussels, country ham, and fennel — add a fried egg for $1.

4. Early Bird Diner

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1644 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 277-2353
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Perpetually packed diner Early Bird gives patrons a choice of shrimp sautéed with tomato bacon gravy or fried with sweet and spicy jelly — that is, if customers can resist the famous chicken and waffles.

5. Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

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31 J C Long Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
(843) 886-0024
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Using only East Coast seafood, Acme Lowcountry Kitchen offers multiple variations of shrimp and grits on the menu. Choose from plates like jerk shrimp with peaches and cream grits and pineapple salsa or more traditional sauteed shrimp, with tasso ham, peppers, onions, and red eye gravy.

6. The Glass Onion

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1219 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-1717
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The Southern food masters at the Glass Onion provide a substantial plate of shrimp and grits with Creole tomatoes on the regular and brunch menu. For those feeling extra hungry, start with one of the restaurant's signature deviled eggs before the main course hits the table.

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7. Marina Variety Store Restaurant

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9 Lockwood Dr
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-6325
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Cozy up in a booth and stare at the water at Marina Variety Store, as you wait for your fried green tomatoes and shrimp over creamy grits with two eggs.

Erin Perkins

8. Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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The Husk menu changes every day, so check before heading in for a plate of shrimp and grits (it's on heavy rotation though, so you'll likely find it). Recently the dish was shrimp with grits, smoked tomato, heirloom beans, kale, and English peas. 

Husk

9. 82 Queen

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82 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-7591
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Plan a nap after eating 82 Queen’s bowl of creamy, buttery grits topped with shrimp tossed in barbecue sauce and sprinkles of cheese and bacon — it’s more than hearty.

10. Millers All Day

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120 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 501-7342
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Popular brunch spot Millers All Day serves its Jimmy Red corn grits with shrimp, tasso ham, local mushrooms, scallions, and toasted benne seeds.

11. The Grit Counter - Mt. Pleasant

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320 Wingo Way #101
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 352-9736
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Of course a restaurant named the Grit Counter will have a shrimp-topped option — this one comes with smoked gouda grits, peppers, onions, scallions, and tasso ham red-eye gravy.

1. Nigel's Good Food

3760 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418

Start with some Geechie wings at Nigel’s Good Food and then go for “Grandma Fred’s Shrimp & Grits” with onions, bell peppers, bacon, and sausage.

3760 Ashley Phosphate Rd
North Charleston, SC 29418

2. Page's Okra Grill

302 Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Mount Pleasant staple Page's puts "Ashleigh's Famous Shrimp & Grits" on the dinner menu. Chef Ashleigh Page makes her plate with lightly fried grit cakes and an andouille cream sauce.

302 Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

3. The Darling Oyster Bar

513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Step into the stunning dining room at the Darling for brunch on Sunday and and order the shrimp and grits with cheddar grits, crispy Brussels, country ham, and fennel — add a fried egg for $1.

513 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Early Bird Diner

1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

Perpetually packed diner Early Bird gives patrons a choice of shrimp sautéed with tomato bacon gravy or fried with sweet and spicy jelly — that is, if customers can resist the famous chicken and waffles.

1644 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

5. Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

31 J C Long Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

Using only East Coast seafood, Acme Lowcountry Kitchen offers multiple variations of shrimp and grits on the menu. Choose from plates like jerk shrimp with peaches and cream grits and pineapple salsa or more traditional sauteed shrimp, with tasso ham, peppers, onions, and red eye gravy.

31 J C Long Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

6. The Glass Onion

1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
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The Southern food masters at the Glass Onion provide a substantial plate of shrimp and grits with Creole tomatoes on the regular and brunch menu. For those feeling extra hungry, start with one of the restaurant's signature deviled eggs before the main course hits the table.

1219 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

7. Marina Variety Store Restaurant

9 Lockwood Dr, Charleston, SC 29401
Erin Perkins

Cozy up in a booth and stare at the water at Marina Variety Store, as you wait for your fried green tomatoes and shrimp over creamy grits with two eggs.

9 Lockwood Dr
Charleston, SC 29401

8. Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Husk

The Husk menu changes every day, so check before heading in for a plate of shrimp and grits (it's on heavy rotation though, so you'll likely find it). Recently the dish was shrimp with grits, smoked tomato, heirloom beans, kale, and English peas. 

76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. 82 Queen

82 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

Plan a nap after eating 82 Queen’s bowl of creamy, buttery grits topped with shrimp tossed in barbecue sauce and sprinkles of cheese and bacon — it’s more than hearty.

82 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Millers All Day

120 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

Popular brunch spot Millers All Day serves its Jimmy Red corn grits with shrimp, tasso ham, local mushrooms, scallions, and toasted benne seeds.

120 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. The Grit Counter - Mt. Pleasant

320 Wingo Way #101, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Of course a restaurant named the Grit Counter will have a shrimp-topped option — this one comes with smoked gouda grits, peppers, onions, scallions, and tasso ham red-eye gravy.

320 Wingo Way #101
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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