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

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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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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. Dine in or order takeout.

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. Dine in or order takeout.

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. Dine in or order takeout.

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. Dine in or order takeout.

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 sautéed shrimp, with tasso ham, peppers, onions, and red eye gravy. Dine in or order takeout.

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 during Saturday brunch. For those feeling extra hungry, start with one of the restaurant's signature deviled eggs before the main course hits the table. Dine in or order takeout.

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7. Slightly North of Broad

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192 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-3424
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Slightly North of Broad has sat on East Bay Street for over 20 years and still churns out a might fine plate of shrimp and grits with house sausage, country ham, fresh tomatoes, green onions, garlic, and yellow grits. Dine in or order takeout.

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8. 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. Dine in or order takeout.

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9. 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 Marsh Hen Mill baked grits, preserved tomato, heirloom peppers, kale, and a Fili-West egg. Dine in or order takeout.

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. Dine in or order takeout.

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. Dine in or order takeout.

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. Dine in or order takeout.

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. Dine in or order takeout.

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 sautéed shrimp, with tasso ham, peppers, onions, and red eye gravy. Dine in or order takeout.

31 J C Long Blvd
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

6. The Glass Onion

1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
The Glass Onion/Provided

The Southern food masters at the Glass Onion provide a substantial plate of shrimp and grits during Saturday brunch. For those feeling extra hungry, start with one of the restaurant's signature deviled eggs before the main course hits the table. Dine in or order takeout.

1219 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

7. Slightly North of Broad

192 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
SNOB

Slightly North of Broad has sat on East Bay Street for over 20 years and still churns out a might fine plate of shrimp and grits with house sausage, country ham, fresh tomatoes, green onions, garlic, and yellow grits. Dine in or order takeout.

192 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

8. Marina Variety Store Restaurant

9 Lockwood Dr, Charleston, SC 29401
Erin Perkins/Eater Charleston

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. Dine in or order takeout.

9 Lockwood Dr
Charleston, SC 29401

9. Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

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 Marsh Hen Mill baked grits, preserved tomato, heirloom peppers, kale, and a Fili-West egg. Dine in or order takeout.

76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

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