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Top Restaurants for Shrimp & Grits on the Grand Strand

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shrimp and Grits at Hook and Barrel

One of the many southern comfort foods is grits. They’re considered a delicacy of a sort because you can only get them when visiting down south. And one of the best things about the dish is it can be served in a variety of different ways. With sausage, shrimp, fish, bacon, covered in cream sauce, tomato, or cheese, with a side of garlic, butter, or cornbread. These are just a few of the numerous ways to eat grits. However, shrimp is the staple for grits, so we have rounded up restaurants from around the Grand Strand where you can find this perfect southern combination.

local's fav Hook & Barrel
1. Hook & Barrel

Offering smoked shrimp and grits, Hook and Barrel is a fine dining restaurant located off Kings Highway. Their dish is covered with a smoked tomato broth and tri-colored peppers. You can’t go anywhere better than here for a nice anniversary dinner or celebration night.

featured Sea Captain's House
2. Sea Captain's House

Shrimp, onion, celery, and bacon sauteed in a cream sauce, served with a cheese grits cake. Sea Captain’s House does their own spin on the dish so guests can crack open their grits cake with a spoon instead of eating it as a soup-like dish.

local's fav Aspen Grille
3. Aspen Grille

Made with aged white cheddar grits and served with garlic bread, Aspen Grille offers a delicious version of shrimp and grits. In addition to grits, Aspen has several unique seafood dishes including grilled miso glazed Scottish salmon and seared New Bedford scallops.

local's fav Chestnut Hill Restaurant
4. Chestnut Hill Restaurant

Chestnut Hill does their shrimp and grits a little differently, mixing a seafood stock sauce to then be placed over stone ground cheese grits. The meal is gluten free and can be served as a regular dish or as a small plate.

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen
5. Paula Deen's Family Kitchen

American chef and author has her infamous “Paula’s shrimp ‘n grits” at Broadway at the Beach. With blackened gulf shrimp and cheese grits, smothered in a Tasso ham creole gravy, this isn’t a meal you want to miss at this family-style restaurant.

local's fav Tupelo Honey
6. Tupelo Honey

Tupelo can be found in many states around the U.S., but not all of them serve shrimp and grits. Bringing together chorizo pork sausage, creole sauce, scallions, and goat cheese, this unique combination will have you drooling for more before you’re even finished.

local's fav Flamingo Grill
7. Flamingo Grill

Enjoy your shrimp and grits as an appetizer at Flamingo Grill while you wait for your entrée to be served. Cajun sauteed shrimp mixed with zesty country ham tends to be a good mix with stone-ground grits.

local's fav Big Mike's Soul Food
8. Big Mike's Soul Food

At Big Mike’s you have the option between fried or grilled shrimp (or fish) over grits with a creamy white sauce. Each bowl is served with a piece of homemade cornbread and can be topped with bacon or cheese for just an extra 50 cents.

featured LuLu's North Myrtle Beach
9. LuLu's North Myrtle Beach

LuLu’s at Barefoot Landing is a lively spot, perfect for grabbing a bowl of shrimp and grits after walking around all the local shops. Served with andouille sausage and tomato cream sauce over gouda grits, you’ll be sure to want more.

local's fav Winna's Kitchen
10. Winna's Kitchen

A new spot that’s only been open since 2021, Winna’s Kitchen offers sweet shrimps that are served over homemade grits and topped with a savory cream sauce, adding the perfect balance that’s needed for the classic dish.

Entrance to Flying Fish Market in Barefoot Landing
11. Flying Fish

Flying Fish offers shrimp and grits with a country ham cream sauce, scallions, and stone-ground cheddar grits. And occasionally, the restaurant has a lunch special of shrimp and grits that includes alligator sausage and a spicy tomato sauce.

Shrimp dish at Snookys on the Water
12. Snooky’s Oceanfront

Located on North Ocean Boulevard, Snooky’s has their shrimp and grits served with andouille sausage, peppers, onions, and a creamy cheddar sauce over Carolina stone ground grits. They offer lunch and dinner portions that are priced accordingly.  

Plates of seafood at Grahams Landing in Murrells Inlet
13. Graham's Landing

Found in Murrells Inlet, Grambo’s Shrimp and Grits is served with sausage, cream, peppers, and onions over stone ground white cream cheese grits. You can enjoy your southern dish while overlooking amazing views of the Carolina marsh.

Exterior and Lighted sign at Lee's Inlet Kitchen in Murrells Inlet
14. Lee's Inlet Kitchen

Lee’s is an iconic spot in South Carolina, the restaurant is celebrating 75 years and has been voted best seafood in the Southern Living Magazine. Stop by this restaurant to try their shrimp and grits doused in brown gravy with andouille sausage over SC Adluh yellow grits.

local's fav Blueberry's Grill - North Myrtle Beach
15. Blueberry's Grill - North Myrtle Beach

Looking for a brunch spot where you can get shrimp and grits? Blueberry’s Grill offers their version of Charleston shrimp and grits with smoked bacon and kielbasa over cheddar-jack stone ground grits, topped with a bloody mary sauce and served with herb garlic toast.

local's fav Croissants Bistro & Bakery at the Grande Dunes
16. Croissants Bistro & Bakery at the Grande Dunes

Served as a breakfast specialty, Croissants serves their dish with the classic andouille sausage, peppers, and onions, but spices things up a bit by adding fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese grits that will have you coming back the next day just to eat it again.

Fish and Grits at Donald's Pancake House in Myrtle Beach
17. Donald’s Pancake House

Donald’s goes above and beyond by offering five different versions of shrimp and grits. The most unique concoctions are chipotle shrimp and grits served with roasted tomatoes and heavy cream, and New Orlean’s style shrimp and grits served with crawfish, garlic, creole seasoning, hot sauce, and lemon juice.

Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.