Ah, the famous shrimp and grits. If you’ve never samples this Southern delicacy then you’re severely missing out on one of the Southern United States’ most famous dishes. And, sure, you might think, “What’s so special about ground corn, some butter, and some shrimp?”
What’s so special?! You’re about to see. Grits are prepared using ground corn or hominy, and in the south they’re often served with shrimp, cheese, or at the very least, butter. While you’ll find them on a lot of breakfast menus, modern restaurants are beginning to incorporate them more into their gourmet recipes as well.
This unique Southern food is a must-try if you’re travelling through the Southern United States. More specifically, it’s a dish you absolutely have to sample if you’re visiting any part of Tennessee. Hungry yet? We thought you’d be. Take that appetite and head to any one of the seven best places for grits in Nashville.
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It wouldn’t be a visit to Nashville without visiting The Loveless Cafe. The biscuits and grits here are amongst some of the best you’ll taste not just in Nashville but anywhere in the country. Guests rave about their cheesy grits, which are prepared to perfection and drizzled in delectable cheese. If you just can’t get enough of the food here, they sell their products on-site, meaning you can take home biscuit mix and jam with you and create your own Southern breakfast.
Puckett’s doubles as both a grocery store and a restaurant, which is uniquely charming and totally typical of the Southern United States. And, while Puckett’s is worth a visit to sample pretty much anything on their menu, you’ll find that the shrimp and grits are a unanimous favourite amongst anybody who tries them. Creamy grits topped with shrimp that’s been flavoured and grilled to perfection? It doesn’t get much better than that.
Biscuit Love’s got three locations all over Nashville, but their Gulch location might be the most popular. Ramble on in any day of the week to sample their out-of-this-world grits. And, while we honestly suggest you definitely order one of their mouthwatering biscuit dishes (buttermilk biscuits topped with Nashville hot chicken and honey, anyone?) it’s their grits that are the real showstoppers. Choose from vegetarian grits or shrimp and grits served with applewood smoked bacon, lemon tabasco sauce, and green onion. We’re drooling already.
Ask anybody in the city and they’ll likely tell you that Husk has some of the absolute best grits in Nashville. Specifically, their shrimp and grits are so delicious that they’ll have you dreaming about them long after you’ve finished your last bite. Make sure to order a side of Husk’s equally famous skillet pancakes. They’re the perfect sweet companion to the perfectly peppery shrimp grits they serve. Breakfast in Nashville doesn’t get much better than this.
Looking for one of the best brunch spots in Nashville? You’ll find it at Marché Artisan Food, a European-style cafe and marketplace serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their brunch menu includes creamy grits, French toast, and homemade granola. If you don’t think you can devour that entire list of savoury menu items, then we suggest sticking with their grits. Numerous visitors say they’re the best in town, but we’ll leave that decision up to you.
Expect nothing short of elegant, casual fine dining at Midtown Cafe. If Nashville’s home to some of the best shrimp and grits in the state of Tennessee, then Midtown Cafe must have some of the absolute best in the entire state, at least according to repeat visitors. The shrimp and grits here are perfectly prepared to present your palate with a balanced blend of spicy, cheesy, and delicious.
It’s impossible to craft a list of the best grits in Nashville without mentioning Urban Grub. This famous local restaurant is extremely dedicated to whipping up seriously homemade grits. They even drive to Kentucky to get the corn and grind it for the grits themselves. Then, they top them with large gulf shrimp to create a creamy concoction of all of the most wonderful flavours of the South. If you’re in Nashville, you simply can’t miss the chance to check this place out.