This traditional Southern dish started out as breakfast for coastal fishermen during shrimp season. We found five spots that do it right.
The Gulf shrimp and cheddar grits here are served with spicy sausage, jalapeños and fronions, $28.
256 Post Rd. East, Westport, CT
BJ Ryan’s Banc House
The jumbo shrimp at this barbecue and crab house is dry-rubbed and grilled, and served over cheddar grits, charred zucchini and red-onion jam, $19.95.
16 River St., Norwalk, CT
Gulf shrimp and creamy grits combine with pickled jalapeño, roasted cauliflower butter and country ham for this savory dish, $17.
575 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT
Nola Oyster Bar
Blackened heads-on shrimp are served over creamy grits with smoked ham, pickled jalapeño, and scallions, $22.
68 Washington St., Norwalk, CT
The Johnson Truck
Look for this creole-style food truck in Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck, NY. The blackened shrimp and grits is served with pepper, kiwi and lemon, $12.
Photo Credit: Dish by Kyle Norton; Bill Taibe by Devon Fagel