A Lowcountry Local

Shrimp and grits is a local dish that is loved by many, especially us. The dish originated in the South and was given delicious life in Charleston thanks to our French, Gullah, and Cajun culinary ancestors.

Almost every restaurant serves their version of the classic, with fresh seafood, creamy grits, and more. We are firm believers that you can’t have too much. Now with shrimp season in full swing, we highly recommend ordering a bowl (or two) of this local favorite.

Best Shrimp & Grits in Charleston

Amen Street

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Amen Street’s Offering, img src: Deep South Mag

Visit Amen Street for on East Bay Street for a creamy, delicious take on this local favorite. Amen Street flavors their dish with tomatos, green onions, ham, and of course fresh, local shrimp.

Early Bird Diner

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Early Bird Diner’s Tomato Bacon Gravy S&G, img src: Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives Locations

Early Bird Diner is so good Guy Fieri tried their shrimp and grits on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives! We love the tomato-bacon mixture, adding a pop of savory crunch to the creamy dish.

High Cotton

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High Cotton S&G, img src, Yelp

High Cotton manages to class up their brunch version with andouille and okra. We love the High Cotton atmosphere and experience, making this dish one of our favorites.

Hominy Grill

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Hominy Grill, Photo by William Dickey, img src: Southern Living

Hominy Grill is the longstanding winner of Charleston City Paper’s Best of Charleston competition and for good reason. Their simple, creamy, garlic and bacon flavored dish has us craving shrimp all the time. Don’t leave Charleston without at least trying this one!

Jestine’s Kitchen

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Jestine’s Kitchen, img src: Pen & Fork Best S&G in Charleston

For a more soupy, traditional version visit Jestine’s Kitchen on Meeting Street. Sometimes the most basic recipes and the best and we love the simple flavors at Jestine’s.

Want to learn how to cook your own? Check out one of the great classes at Charleston Cooks!

Charleston Insider Tip: If you’re looking to buy your own, locals know that the best shrimp is bought right off the boat. Head to Shem Creek to buy fresh-caught shrimp from local Charleston shrimpers as they come in.

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By living and eating our way through all of the best Charleston restaurants, we have learned a lot about local neighborhoods. We’ll help you find your fit in town, as close to Hominy as you want! Whether you’re looking to buy a home, sell your home, or searching for a condo, rental opportunity, or part-time home, we can help you find your best options.

We will show you the real Charleston and make sure you know what neighborhoods and styles are perfect for you. Get in touch with us online or call us now at (843)884-1622.


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