Shrimp and grits has long since been a staple in Lowcountry kitchens. When you ask a local who has the best, 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. Chefs play around with smokey and sweet flavors to make the dish unique to their kitchen. If you can’t find a native to invite you to breakfast, find an old or new favorite on this list.
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