Our Five Faves

Best Shrimp and Grits

Posted February 27, 2012

When it comes to Shrimp and Grits, who is the star of the show and who has the supporting role? The Shrimp? Or the Grits? Our Five Fave places for this southern classic have found the perfect balance between the two and know how to create truly award-winning dishes. 

Nofo at the Pig (Raleigh): Everyone knows Nofo for its eclectic and homey Southern Charm so it is no surprise that they made our Shrimp and Grits list. Thick, cheesy grits and huge tender shrimp covered in a perfectly seasoned mushroom sauce.

Shrimp and Grits Humble Pie

Humble Pie (Raleigh)Their menu description pretty much sums it up with “broth of the gods, bacon” Whether you call it sauce, gravy, or broth, Humble Pie gets it right. Bacon adds great flavor and lets the shrimp steal the show.

Battistella's (Raleigh)Any place that draws inspiration from south Louisiana and boasts “upscale regional dishes” better perform with great shrimp and grits and Batistellas nails it! Nice sized shrimp and goat cheese sourced from a local North Carolina farm makes their grits creamy, rich, and unique in an upscale way.

Shrimp and Grits from The Flying Buscuit

Flying Biscuit (Raleigh): Peppery, smooth grits paired with blackened shrimp. Just spicy enough to make a glass of sweet tea a must have.

Peak City Grill (Apex): You can get out of downtown and still have a big-time shrimp and grits dining experience. Big pieces of shrimp and andouille sausage landed this off-the-strip restaurant in our Five Faves.

In an area as rich with restaurants as ours, there is steep competition for the title of best dishes. Did you catch the shrimp and grits throwdown this weekend? Did you agree with Top of the Hill's chef taking the prize? Who would you have liked to see the award go to?


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  • joeBob Mar 5, 2012

    don't think I ever had a bad order of shrimp grits...Mister P's in Southport served one of the best. I think they are gone now. Fork & Barrel has a chicken and grits special this weekend and it was really good.

  • smadams Feb 28, 2012

    Sounds like I need to go to Crooks Corner asap!

  • citizensoldier16 Feb 28, 2012

    "Citizensoldier, give us some locations on the coast and we will check them out!"

    Bluewater (4 Marina St) and Dockside (1308 Airlie Rd) are my favorites in Wrightsville Beach. Others include The Basics (319 N. Front St, Wilmington) and Havanas (1 N. Lake Park Bvld, Carolina Beach). My honorable mention goes to the Front Street Brewery (9 N. Front St, Wilmington). None of the above restaurants EVER use frozen shrimp, and most buy local.

  • itsmejoed Feb 28, 2012

    Lived in three Coastal Cities... Swansboro and Wilmington, NC, and Charleston, SC (the unofficial home of shrimp and grits), and I can tell you with certainty that while these places have good shrimp and grits - they are not phenomenal...

    Two local people make the best - phenomenal - in my opinion...

    BRUNO in Wake Forest (435-6640) - shrimp cooked to perfection, right amount of heat... make sure you get a reservation!

    TASTEFULLY YOURS (Jessie Scott - 259-1430) - His grits are MONEY... spicy shrimp, bacon! It is worth the phone call.

  • Gerbil Herder Feb 28, 2012

    "Maybe this article should be titled "best shrimp and grits using day-old frozen shrimp"

    That could probably be said for most restaurants serving shrimp and grits at the coast.

  • Khanrahan Feb 28, 2012

    Citizensoldier, give us some locations on the coast and we will check them out!

  • BetterThanGood Feb 28, 2012

    Lucky 32 in Cary has great Shrimp and Grits. It's listed on the Lunch and Dinner menus.

  • deansquishman2 Feb 28, 2012

    How is it that Crook's corner is not on this list?

  • gt_football Feb 28, 2012

    None can touch Clawson's in Beaufort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • citizensoldier16 Feb 27, 2012

    Why are all the restaurants in the center of the state....nowhere near the coast? Maybe this article should be titled "best shrimp and grits using day-old frozen shrimp"

    Come to the coast and even the backwoods restaurants will blow these away.