A Southern favorite—15 spots to grab shrimp and grits dine-in or curbside


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Who can resist? Photo via Saw’s Soul Kitchen Facebook

I bet if you dug up the oldest menu in the South, shrimp and grits would be right at the top. It’s a classic—starting with humble beginnings to becoming a staple served at 5-star establishments, including here in Birmingham!

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1. Yo’ Mama’s

Some deem it one of the best meals they’ve ever had and that some would be me. Seriously, that’s why it’s topping this list because there isn’t a bad thing on Yo’ Mama’s menu, but their shrimp and grits are heavenly.

2. The Fish Market Southside

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Shrimp boyz. Photo via The Fish Market’s Facebook.

I think I paused writing this article for a full minute and just stared at this picture hoping it’d materialize in front of me. Get George Sarris’ famous shrimp and grits two ways at The Fish Market in Southside: BBQ and in their famous white wine sauce.

3. SAW’s Soul Kitchen

Did you think Birmingham-famous SAW’s only did BBQ? Think.again. I haven’t tried their shrimp and grits yet, but that statement might not last until the end of this sentence. Plus, donate meals to healthcare workers while you’re at it.

4. Mudtown Eat & Drink

Mama mia! Mudtown’s Charleston Shrimp & Grits include shrimp and andouille sausage cooked with peppers, onions and garlic, served over their garlic cheese grits. That’s just sinful.

5. Hot and Hot Fish Club

Don’t hate me, but right now Hot and Hot Fish Club’s curbside menu doesn’t include their famous shrimp and grits. BUT, since so many people were chatting them up I thought it’s a good one to add to your Birmingham meal wish list.

You can still order other delicious items like the fresh tomato salad and NEW strawberry shortcake.

6. Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar

It’s not a Southern brunch without shrimp and grits on the menu and Little Savannah brings their A-game. The Creole Shrimp and Grits pack-in cheese Grits, tomato, Conecuh Sausage and bacon.

7. Front Porch

Front Porch keeps it classy and classic with their shrimp and grits, smothered in red eye gravy. Do you really need any more info?

8. Chuck’s Fish

The lovely photo above is actually FISH and grits, but you can also get the dish with blackened shrimp. Chuck’s is open for dine-in, with no seating at the sushi or drink bar for now.

  • Where: 5426 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Curbside Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-2PM | Dine-in hours: Friday and Saturday call-in reservation only, parties no larger than 6 people. Please leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, amount of guests (6 max), and desired date and time.
  • (205) 995-0495 | Website | Facebook | Instagram

9. Ruby Sunshine

These ain’t your mama’s shrimp and grits—unless she makes them with BBQ. While still offering curbside and delivery options, Ruby Sunshine has re-opened its dining room at 50% capacity.

10. Another Broken Egg

I’m going to put this description on my gravestone, “Gulf shrimp and andouille sautéed with red peppers and onions in a spicy low country reduction, over creamy cheese grits. Served with garlic bread and lemon.”

11. 5 Point Public House and Oyster Bar

Some Google reviewers say these are the best shrimp and grits they’ve ever eaten. Judging by that picture, it looks like they could be on to something.

12. Jake’s SoulFood Cafe

Not only does Jakes serve up tasty Jamaican meals, they’ve also got a pretty expansive menu serving southern favorites.

13. Ocean

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Now that’s how you plate a meal. Photo via Ocean’s Facebook.

It’s your classic shrimp and grits fancier cousin and I’m all here for it. Ocean reimagines the southern staple with heirloom tomato and conechu sausauge.

14. FIVE Birmingham

What’s better than shrimp and grits? Shrimp and grits paired with of FIVE’s outstanding Bloody Mary. The team is back open for dine-in service, limited to no more than eight people, and curbside pick-up.

15. Big Bad Breakfast

BBB shrimpy A Southern favorite—15 spots to grab shrimp and grits dine-in or curbside
Shrimp and grits. Photo via Pinterest.

When choosing from the massive menu at Big Bad Breakfast it might be easy to get distracted. However, you’ll never be let down by shrimp and grits and that’s a fact

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