In Charleston, SC, shrimp and grits are as essential to living as sunshine. Many Charlestonians even call it the fifth food group. If you are visiting Charleston and looking for the best shrimp and grits, look no farther than Amen Street Fish & Rawbar. Chef Stephen Ollard’s shrimp and grits are one of the most popular dishes served at the restaurant with many regular patrons returning again and again to savor this signature Southern dish.
So, you might be asking – what’s all the fuss about?
Shrimp and grits have a long and beloved history in South Carolina. The importance of grits (once known as hominy) began long ago with the Native Americans who lived in the Carolina region. Made from ground up corn that had been mashed, grits provided not only food but a communication link between Native Americans and early European settlers. Grits are more than just a staple in South Carolina dining. In 1976, grits were named the official state food for their contribution to the culture and economy of South Carolina. How about that? We have early Charleston fishermen to thank for the addition of delicious local shrimp to a bowl of grits. A versatile dish in South Carolina, it is not uncommon for shrimp and grits to be served for breakfast or dinner.
Today in Charleston, you will find many variations on the traditional dish. Amen Street’s shrimp and grits are made with slow cooked stone ground grits, fresh shrimp, green onions, roasted tomatoes and tasso ham. The combination of ingredients make up a delicious, creamy and flavorful dish that must be experienced to be appreciated.
If this is all new to you, let us make a few suggestions. This Southern darling is nicely paired with a white wine such as Charles Krug sauvigon blanc . Looking for some greens? Our Caesar salad is a fabulous choice before the main entree. Of course, no perfect meal would be complete without dessert. Our Chocolate Terrin is perfectly sinful, but go ahead and indulge. This dessert, along with the entire shrimp and grits meal, is definitely worth it!
We hope to see ya’ll soon at Amen Street!