50 In 50: Where To Find The Best Shrimp N’ Grits In Each State
By DeAnna Taylor
Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, or dinner, there is never a bad time to have shrimp n’ grits. Check out this list we’ve compiled of the best shrimp n’ grits in each state.
Jake’s Soul Food Cafe: Located in Birmingham, Jake’s serves up everything from Southern favorites to Caribbean staples.
Table 6: This Anchorage eatery, is family friendly. They offer a weekend brunch as well.
Creole Cajun Bistro: The Creole Cajun Bistro is a Louisiana French-Style Creole Cajun family restaurant featuring a delectable menu of moderately priced authentic cuisine.
Faded Rose Restaurant: The Faded Rose offers Cajun and creole-influenced seafood, steaks & more, dished up in a roadhouse-style venue with a patio.
My Two Cents: This small, hip eatery with a rustic-chic vibe offers elevated Southern-style cuisine & ice teas.
Momma Pearl’s: Located in Colorado Springs, this restaurant is known for Louisiana comfort foods and other favorites. You can order your shrimp n’ grits BBQ style or with garlic and cream.
Bella’s Café: Bella’s Café is a stylish and cozy café set in the heart of the New Haven’s Westville community.
Goat Kitchen and Bar: Located in Wilmington, you can find the dish served during dinner or their brunch.
Howley’s Restaurant: Located in West Palm Beach, this diner has been serving up comfort food since the ’50s.
Greens and Gravy: This spot is said to be a celebration of Black culture in America. Rooted in Atlanta’s Westview neighborhood, it boasts the classic American palate with a slightly southern accent.
Hughley’s Southern Cuisine: Even Hawaii has Southern cuisine. This spot is located at 99-080 Kauhale street, Aieai.
Solid Grill and Bar: Though Idaho is probably not known for it’s shrimp n’ grits, you can try them at Solid. This grill and bar is located in Boise.
Luella’s Southern Kitchen: Located in the ‘Chi,’ Luella’s is run by chef Darnell Reed.
Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place: Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place has been serving some of the best soul food in the Midwest. Located in Indianapolis, Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place has become known for a variety of different down-home recipes.
Bubba: Bubba offers southern favorites and a large array of whiskeys offered in a relaxed, stylish setting with a patio.
Sierra Grill: The next time you’re in Kansas, check out Sierra Grill. You can find this casual eatery in Lenexa.
Jack Fry’s: Jack Fry’s is a history-laden, circa-1933 eatery with high-end Southern fare and cocktails in an old-world setting.
Dante’s Kitchen: Located in New Orleans, this restaurant offers the country dish as an appetizer or an entrée.
Hot Suppa: The menu at Hot Suppa is made from scratch from quality ingredients; local goods are used whenever possible.
Milk and Honey Café: With multiple locations in Maryland, this black-owned restaurant’s motto is “we didn’t invent brunch…we just perfected it.”
Highland Kitchen: Highland Kitchen is an upbeat scene featuring inventive, Southern-inspired comfort fare, creative cocktails and live music.
Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles: Located in Detroit, this casual spot serves fried & griddled dishes all day, plus Southern classics, breakfast & a full bar.
Breaking Bread Café and Catering: Located in Minneapolis, the shrimp and grits here are award-winning.
Johnny T’s Bistro and Blues: Chef Brian Myrick and general manager John Tierre have created a menu of dishes using the finest seasonal ingredients. They have mastered taking inspiration from around the American south. The shrimp n’ grits is their signature item.
EJ’s Urban Eatery: Located in Kansas City, EJ’s Urban eatery is a classic spot with a modern twist.
Tupelo Grill: Tupelo Grill offers New Orleans-style dishes such as gumbo & jambalaya served in a comfortable ambiance with a full bar.
Herb Sainte: Herb Sainte is located in Omaha and is inspired by all things New Orleans.
Gritz Cafe: Located in Las Vegas, this cozy restaurant serves Southern-style breakfast & lunch, plus homemade desserts. You can create your own shrimp and grits bowl.
Firefly American Bistro: Firefly American Bistro & Bar is a casually upscale American bistro situated in the heart of Manchester’s downtown district.
Vonda’s Kitchen: Vonda’s Kitchen is the third business venture of Chef Vonda, and the food is said to be amazing.
Frank’s Famous Chicken and Waffles: The next time you’re in New Mexico, stop by Frank’s Famous Chicken and Waffles. This spot can be found in Albuquerque.
BLVD Bistro: Voted the #1 Soul Food restaurant by Food Network, this Harlem restaurant has some of the best shrimp n’ grits in the Big Apple. Did we mention it’s black-owned?
Beyu Caffé: Located in Durham, this is a coffee shop and café all in one. They also offer live music on many nights.
Rhombus Guys Brewing: Shrimp n’ Grits in North Dakota? Yep, and this venue is located in the Grand Forks area.
Zanzibar Soul Fusion: Zanzibar is a casual full-service restaurant that features the best in southern cuisine and other specialties, including shrimp n’ grits.
Off The Hook Seafood and More: Home to the most scrumptious seafood recipes in Oklahoma City, there are two locations within the city.
Screen Door: Screen Door bills itself as presenting “a revival of regional American cuisine, from South Carolina Low country cuisine to soul food and Cajun one-pot cookery to the refined Creole and French preparations found in New Orleans.”
Pretty Girls Cook: Pretty Girls Cook is located in Philadelphia. The shrimp n’ grits here is said to be the best in the state.
The District: Located in Providence, the shrimp n’ grits dish here is also served with chicken.
Hominy Grill: This Charleston restaurant is known for some of the best low-country cooking around. When you think of Charleston, you think of shrimp n’ grits.
O So Good Restaurant: O So Good is located in Garretson. If you’re ever in South Dakota, consider making a trip.
Rudie’s Seafood and Sausage: Rudie’s bills itself as a “friendly, neighborhood seafood joint with an open kitchen.”
Another Broken Egg: This chain offers various egg dishes in addition to other breakfast favorites like shrimp n’ grits.
Lazy Day Cafe: Lazy Day Cafe features a range of comfort foods with a southern flair.
The Gryphon: The Gryphon offers eclectic American dishes and specialty cocktails served in 19th-century quarters with a vintage vibe.
Southern Kitchen: Here you’ll find classic Southern comfort foods with local ingredients, offered with a full bar in a comfy setting. Southern Kitchen is located in Richmond.
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles: Fat’s is a southern style, New Orleans-influenced restaurant focusing on authentic & natural ingredients in the heart of the Central District. This venue serves dishes like fried chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, and fried okra.
Sumthin’ Good Soul Food: You will have to catch the shrimp n’ grits on special, but they are said to be amazing.
Mama’s Soul Food Kitchen: Mama’s Soul Food Kitchen is in Lake County, where they serve up homemade dishes.
Tela Bar + Kitchen: The closest thing to shrimp n’ grits at Tela Bar and Kitchen is polenta and shrimp.
District of Columbia
Smith Commons: Smith Commons is one of DC’s most popular black-owned brunch spots, of course, they have shrimp n’ grits too!
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.