Shrimp and grits have 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, make 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.Read More
11 Places for Great Shrimp and Grits in Charleston
With bacon, gravy, or sausage?
Nigel's Good Food
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.
Page's Okra Grill
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.
The Darling Oyster Bar
Step into the stunning dining room at the Darling for brunch on Sunday and order the shrimp and grits with cheddar grits, crispy Brussels, country ham, and fennel — add a fried egg for $1.
Early Bird Diner
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.
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
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.
The Glass Onion
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.
Marina Variety Store Restaurant
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.
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.
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.
Millers All Day
Popular brunch spot Millers All Day serves its Jimmy Red corn grits with shrimp, tasso ham, local mushrooms, scallions, and toasted benne seeds.
The Grit Counter - Mt. Pleasant
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.