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Grits & Grouper

Posted September 26, 2007

Low country chefs have done it again.  They have found a new and exciting way to  inject grits into the mainstream of evening entrees.

Are you ready for Grits and Grouper?

Well, do yourself a favor the next time you visit Charleston and treat yourself to dinner at 82 Queen. The grilled pesto encrusted grouper over creamy grits is sensational. The recipe features fried green tomatoes topped with sun-dried tomato butter.  I savored every bite after a delcious cup of she crab soup.

My wife Cindy enjoyed the shrimp and grits at 82 Queen but she prefers the spicier Crooks Corner recipe from Chapel Hill.

The Charleston restaurant has promised to send me a copy of the new recipe for grits and grouper and when I receive it I will post it.

Today's question:  what is your favorite low country dish?


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  • gobbleslives Sep 27, 2007

    Poogan's Porch in Charleston. It's near 82 Queen, and they have great shrimp and grits. The biscuits are fabulous too. I wonder if I can justify a 14-hour road trip this weekend.

  • wakeraised Sep 26, 2007

    I love to eat at High Cotton in Charleston, they have the best Shecrab soup and I had quail (I think, now I can't remember, but it was the most delcious serving of "foul" I have ever had. I also learned my lesson on telling the waiter you pick the wine, yeah they got me on that. But that was good also, ha ha!
    I typically love shrimp & grits. Since I live in Orlando now my husband and I go over to Emeril's Restaurant and they also serve a spicy version of shrimp 'n' grits. A word of advice if you eat the shrimp 'n' grits there, do not go on any rides for at least three hours have passed. The restaurant is located at Universal City Walk, which is by the entrance to Universal Studios. And I would also recommend The Pilot House (downtown Wilmington) and The Bridge Tender (On the ICW-by the draw bridge going to Wrightsville Beach)but shh don't tell anyone else I told you, especially the locals!

  • wkp01 Sep 26, 2007

    Try the "Steam Pot" at The Dockside in Beaufort,S.C. Scrumpdeliumcious!!!!

  • eddieasmith Sep 26, 2007

    I agree that Crook's Corner Shrimp and Grits are great. I was
    pleasantly surprised that Shrimp and Grits at the NC Museum of
    Art are great too. That makes for a nice Sunday breakfast with art. Eddie

  • nbranch Sep 26, 2007

    I have to say that Charleston red rice with fish is my favorite.

  • Legswilson Sep 26, 2007

    I also love the Frogmore Stew. It is especially good when served up outdoors this time of year!

  • gator nation gal Sep 26, 2007

    Grits and Fried Green Tomatoes rank up at the top of my list.

  • innocent bystander Sep 26, 2007

    jbass2, here's a good and easy Frogmore recipe for ya: Fill a stock pot about 1/3 full of water. Add an onion cut in quarters, a lemon cut in half and squeezed, a bag of crab boil, some garlic and salt. Add a can of beer if you like. Heat to a rolling boil. Add about a pound of small new potatoes and a pound of smoked beef sausage or cajun sausage cut into chunks. Cook about 20 min. at a low boil, then add the fresh corn and simmer everything another 10 min. Cut off the heat and add a pound or two of fresh shrimp, stir, cover and let stand about 5 min. Everything will be cooked just right this way--nothing mushy. Any leftover shrimp is great the next day too.

  • thecatsmeow67 Sep 26, 2007

    She Crab Soup at Charleston Crab House is my favorite.

  • Groovy Sep 26, 2007

    i can't wait for you to post the recipe, just the description sounds delicious.




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