Shrimp and Grits Showdown: And The Winner Is…

Photo illustration by Nick DeSantis / Photos by Eesha Patkar

Photo illustration by Nick DeSantis / Photos by Eesha Patkar

As it turns out, our shrimp and grits “showdown” wasn’t much of a showdown at all. Even though Nic and I vowed never to speak of what we thought about each bowl until after we wrote and posted each blog, as it turns out, we shared mostly all of the same sentiments. We hated the gravy. We hated the tomatoes. Let’s face it, the only thing our Southern tongues disagreed on was the taste of the shrimp, on occasion.

last blog 2So, we decided that since our tastes were so similar, we would write on sugar packets what we thought was the best and the second best bowl of shrimp and grits. To our surprise (but not really though) we both picked the same number one and number two choice. Which is….


1) Hominy Grill - It was pure authenticity that ultimately won out for Hominy Grill. No frills, no extras, just pure unadulterated shrimp and grit flavor proved to be the winning formula, and Hominy Grill brought the noise.


2) Swamp Fox Restaurant at the Francis Marion Hotel- While this dish contained gravy, it was the most flavorful, rich, unctuous gravy of the lot, and it provided a deep seafood flavor that enhanced the shrimp. The grits were cooked well and stood up to the thick gravy. Plus, not having those nasty tomatoes sure didn’t hurt the movement.

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So, there y’all have it folks! The best bowl of shrimp and grits from what Nic and I have experienced during our time in Charleston as reporters for the Post and Courier during this year’s annual Spoleto Festival USA. We’ve eaten much more than just good old shrimp and grits -and have enjoyed sharing our meals with you!

-Love, Nic and B

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About Briana Prevost

Born and raised in New Orleans, Briana was bred on Southern food and culture. This helped cultivate her love of music from the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras Indians second lining down the street with the music of brass bands trailing close behind. Interning at MTV Networks this Spring, Briana used her music editorial ear to help draft licenses for new music from independent artists to Viacom programming and assist with the music licensing management of various shows and their download agreements. She has also worked as a production assistant for segments of WCNY’s cultural arts show, “Artifex,” and as Web Editor for New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage radio station, WWOZ 90.7 FM. Briana has served as a New Orleans correspondent for SPIN, and contributed to arts and culture magazines throughout NOLA including Where Y’at Magazine, Offbeat Magazine, Louisiana Weekly, Gambit Weekly, Renaissance Publishing and, to name a few.

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