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50 In 50: Where To Find The Best Shrimp N’ Grits In Each State

By DeAnna Taylor

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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.

Alabama

Jake’s Soul Food CafeLocated in Birmingham, Jake’s serves up everything from Southern favorites to Caribbean staples.

Alaska

Table 6This Anchorage eatery, is family friendly. They offer a weekend brunch as well.

Arizona

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.

Arkansas

Faded Rose Restaurant: The Faded Rose offers Cajun and creole-influenced seafood, steaks & more, dished up in a roadhouse-style venue with a patio.

California

My Two CentsThis small, hip eatery with a rustic-chic vibe offers elevated Southern-style cuisine & ice teas.


Colorado

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.

Connecticut

Bella’s Café: Bella’s Café is a stylish and cozy café set in the heart of the New Haven’s Westville community.

Delaware

Goat Kitchen and Bar: Located in Wilmington, you can find the dish served during dinner or their brunch.

Florida

Howley’s Restaurant: Located in West Palm Beach, this diner has been serving up comfort food since the ’50s.

@howleys| Instagram

Georgia

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.

Hawaii

Hughley’s Southern Cuisine: Even Hawaii has Southern cuisine. This spot is located at 99-080 Kauhale street, Aieai.


Idaho

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.

Illinois

Luella’s Southern Kitchen: Located in the ‘Chi,’ Luella’s is run by chef Darnell Reed.

Photo courtesy of Luella’s Southern Kitchen

Indiana

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.

Iowa

Bubba: Bubba offers southern favorites and a large array of whiskeys offered in a relaxed, stylish setting with a patio.

Kansas

Sierra GrillThe next time you’re in Kansas, check out Sierra Grill. You can find this casual eatery in Lenexa.

Kentucky

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.

Louisiana

Dante’s Kitchen: Located in New Orleans, this restaurant offers the country dish as an appetizer or an entrée.

Maine

Hot Suppa: The menu at Hot Suppa is made from scratch from quality ingredients; local goods are used whenever possible.

Maryland

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.”

@milkandhoney| Instagram

Massachusetts

Highland Kitchen: Highland Kitchen is an upbeat scene featuring inventive, Southern-inspired comfort fare, creative cocktails and live music.

Michigan

Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles: Located in Detroit, this casual spot serves fried & griddled dishes all day, plus Southern classics, breakfast & a full bar.

Minnesota

Breaking Bread Café and Catering: Located in Minneapolis, the shrimp and grits here are award-winning.

Photo courtesy of Breaking Bread Cafe

Mississippi

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.

Missouri

EJ’s Urban Eatery: Located in Kansas City, EJ’s Urban eatery is a classic spot with a modern twist.

Montana

Tupelo GrillTupelo Grill offers New Orleans-style dishes such as gumbo & jambalaya served in a comfortable ambiance with a full bar.

Nebraska

Herb SainteHerb Sainte is located in Omaha and is inspired by all things New Orleans.

Nevada

Gritz CafeLocated in Las Vegas, this cozy restaurant serves Southern-style breakfast & lunch, plus homemade desserts. You can create your own shrimp and grits bowl.

New Hampshire

Firefly American BistroFirefly American Bistro & Bar is a casually upscale American bistro situated in the heart of Manchester’s downtown district.

New Jersey

Vonda’s Kitchen: Vonda’s Kitchen is the third business venture of Chef Vonda, and the food is said to be amazing.

New Mexico

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.

New York

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?

Photo courtesy of BLVD Bistro


North Carolina

Beyu Caffé: Located in Durham, this is a coffee shop and café all in one. They also offer live music on many nights.

@beyucaffe| Instagram


North Dakota

Rhombus Guys BrewingShrimp n’ Grits in North Dakota? Yep, and this venue is located in the Grand Forks area.

Related: 50 in 50: Best Black-Owned Brunch Spots In All 50 States

Ohio

Zanzibar Soul FusionZanzibar is a casual full-service restaurant that features the best in southern cuisine and other specialties, including shrimp n’ grits.

Oklahoma

Off The Hook Seafood and More Home to the most scrumptious seafood recipes in Oklahoma City, there are two locations within the city.

Oregon

Screen DoorScreen 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.”

Pennsylvania

Pretty Girls Cook: Pretty Girls Cook is located in Philadelphia. The shrimp n’ grits here is said to be the best in the state.

Photo courtesy of Yelp


Rhode Island

The DistrictLocated in Providence, the shrimp n’ grits dish here is also served with chicken.

South Carolina

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.

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor


South D
akota

O So Good Restaurant: O So Good is located in Garretson. If you’re ever in South Dakota, consider making a trip.

Tennessee

Rudie’s Seafood and Sausage: Rudie’s bills itself as a “friendly, neighborhood seafood joint with an open kitchen.”

Texas

Another Broken Egg: This chain offers various egg dishes in addition to other breakfast favorites like shrimp n’ grits.

Utah

Lazy Day CafeLazy Day Cafe features a range of comfort foods with a southern flair.

Vermont

The GryphonThe Gryphon offers eclectic American dishes and specialty cocktails served in 19th-century quarters with a vintage vibe.

Virginia

Southern KitchenHere 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.

Washington

Fat’s Chicken and WafflesFat’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.

West Virginia

Sumthin’ Good Soul FoodYou will have to catch the shrimp n’ grits on special, but they are said to be amazing.

Photo courtesy of Sumthin’ Good Soul Food| Facebook


Wisconsin

Mama’s Soul Food Kitchen: Mama’s Soul Food Kitchen is in Lake County, where they serve up homemade dishes.

Wyoming

Tela Bar + KitchenThe 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!

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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.

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