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Jun 15, 2006 08:33 PM


  • m

MMM grits...where can I find 'em? You know, the good ones. I have been looking around the bay and haven't found any that are up to snuff. Extra points for cheesy grits. You say where and I'll say when.

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  1. two places NOT to go to: The Pork Store and Jay's Pots of Soul. I like the latter but not for their grits.

    Seriously, you find great grits and I will buy. I have not had great grits here but then again I haven't exactly been searching...

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    1. re: CH Addict

      i know you can buy great grits- dry from the food mill near piedmont.. really great stuff... my best friend is from north kaka-lakey and swears by grits- so i asked him and he says as long as they get there earlier in the night T-rex is first, then Luka's, then full house cafe in the diamond district. so if you go by the south... there you have it...

    2. In the Bay Area, better learn to cook grits. I have NEVER had a decent plate of grits in No California. In fairness, I have had FEW decent plates of grits in Virginia, NC and Ga. Its hard to find stone ground grits in the markets, and mail order is quite expensive. I seldom go to Whole Foods, but they should have some good grits in stock.

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      1. re: Jim H.

        I'm far from a grits connoisseur, but I had a taste of some last month made by Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg for a charity event in SF that got my attention. Enough so that I stopped for a moment and asked the chef what was different about them. He told me they were stoneground and the name of his supplier. I don't recall, but mentioned it to Ms. Pssst (who is a grits connoisseur) shortly afterwards and it was one that she approved of. Here's a link to Zin's website --- one of my favorite places all along.


        1. re: Melanie Wong

          In a magazine write-up on grits there was a mention that Cyrus uses Anson Mills from South Carolina. My only reason for mentioning is that there are about a half-dozen high-end restaurants in Healdsburg, so they probably cross-polinate. (Also wanted to use lots of hyphens)

          Price is WAY high-end...$5/12 oz bag-ish.
          Phone 803-467-4122 no web order, but info at

          1. re: SteveT

            You're very good with that hyphen key!

            Grits . . . the new polenta.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Melanie, I think you've hit the problem. The Italian influence in the Bay Area has preferred polenta to grits. They are almost identical, with a slightly different taste. People don't like the sound of the word "grits"...if it were called "corn delight" or "Southern polenta" it would be OK. One of best traditional dishes of New Orleans is "grits and grillades", but you hardly ever see it on menus elsewhere. Occasionally shrimp and grits. Try grits made with butter and pecorino or asiage cheese...yum.

            2. re: SteveT
              Robert Lauriston

              Boulette's Larder sells a few Anson Mills items including grits. Whether they're ever on the breakfast menu I dunno.


            3. re: Melanie Wong
              Jeff Mall chef/owner Zin Restaurant

              I get my grits from a water powered stone mill in Belvedre Tennessee. It is called Falls Mill

              Look them up or give them a call. They ship UPS. We order 50# at a time. If you get some, just know that they are perishable and need to be kept refrigerated.

              They are fantastic. They also make cornmeal, flour, etc.

              1. re: Jeff Mall chef/owner Zin Restaurant
                ChowFun (derek)

                Thanks for the lead Jeff and for reminding people about refrigeration...!

            4. re: Jim H.

              I have to agree with Jim. It is damned difficult to find a decent bowl of grits anywhere, even in the South.

              (My most dissapointing grits experience to date, was in Atlanta.)

              I buy mine from the Boiled Peanuts Catalog. Guilford Mill Stone Ground. They are a little pricey, $12.75 for four pounds, but if you really love a bowl of grits, you will not find better locally. You can't even find Quaker Old Fashioned Grits.
              Good luck.


              1. re: jd

                Perhaps you are not aware...
                you can order directly from The Old Mill for a whole lot less. Kind of strange (to a big city person), no web order, phone is 336-643-4783, and payment is by check after the package arrives with invoice included.

                Does no good if you want other items from the Lee Bros. catalogue.

                1. re: SteveT

                  I did not know that. Thanks.
                  But I always make sure that my grits orders coincide with my Mayo order, so I don't feel quite so extravagant.

              2. re: Jim H.

                What would happen if we all wrote or complained in person that Whole Foods should carry stone-ground grits?

              3. c

                Is Crescent City Cafe on Haight near Masonic still open? They likely have grits if they're there.

                I just drove by a place (Student Dog?) in Berkeley on Milvia across from Berkeley High. It's a hot dog place affiliated with Top Dog I think, but they also serve breakfasts including catfish and grits. I was reading the menu, but then someone honked me and I had to move.

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                1. re: chocolatetartguy

                  I think you mean Doggie High on Milvia across from Berkeley High School.

                  1. re: chocolatetartguy

                    Oh geez...Crescent City has been closed for a long time. It is now an off-shoot of the King of Thai Noodle House empire. Across the street is the Pork Store. I know they offer grits with their egg dishes, but the grits are just o.k. That's according to my Georgia-born mommy. Being a CA girl, I think they taste just delicious. Especially after a night of drinking. Yum. Almost as good as Pho...but not quite.

                  2. Haven't tried it myself, but have heard the brunch grits at Luka's Taproom are good --- here's a link to a report.


                    1. w

                      do not hate me...but...t-rex makes great cheesy grits.
                      did you say you were buying??

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                      1. re: wagonfullapancakes

                        Yep, I'll buy. Just say when!