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Looking for Shrimp and Grits

zach623 Jan 23, 2008 06:21 AM

My wife and I will be in New Orleans next week.
Any ideas on where my wife can get shrimp and grits for breakfast?
She is also looking for a place to have really good BBQ shrimp.
Suggestions will be appreciated

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    tzurriz RE: zach623 Jan 23, 2008 06:42 AM

    Shrimp and grits isn't really a New Orleans thing . . . it's more of a North Carolina thing from my understanding.

    For BBQ Shrimp, I'd suggest Pascale's Manale. They say (I don't know if it is true or not) that they invented them. All I know is that they are delicious. :)

    Enjoy your stay.

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      Hungry Celeste RE: tzurriz Jan 23, 2008 06:56 AM

      You're so right; s&g is not a typically New Orleans thing. That said, I did see it on the menu at Elizabeth's this weekened.

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        TigerAtty RE: tzurriz Jan 24, 2008 08:30 AM

        Ahhhhhhh!!! As a South Carolina native, NoLa transplant, I have to jump in. Shrimp and Grits is a SOUTH Carolina thing!!! I haven't found anything to match up with my favorites out of Charleston, but I concur with EAT and Dante's as having enjoyable shrimp and grits. The smorgasbord of sausages down here add some great flavors. Luke makes a run at it, but misses the mark b/c it's too fancy. I can also put in a vote for Elizabeth's shrimp and grits which has a brunch that always hits the spot. If you can tell, I'm ornery about shrimp and grits but have given many a try! I have since opted to make my own at home when I get the craving!

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          cajungirl RE: TigerAtty Jan 24, 2008 08:41 AM

          Do you have a recipe? I'm intrigued by the concept, but we don't have such a thing in Cajun Country.

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            tzurriz RE: TigerAtty Jan 24, 2008 08:42 AM

            sorry, my mistake. I got confused. :)

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              TigerAtty RE: tzurriz Jan 24, 2008 09:21 AM

              I don't use recipes, but my girlfriend wrote it down as I made it for her birthday:

              Becc’s Birthday Shrimp and Grits

              1. 1 1/2 lbs de-veined, peeled shrimp. Some folks insist on leaving heads and tails on for flavor. I, however, do not.
              2. ½ lemon, juiced
              3. Salt, pepper and Tony’s
              4. 1 cup heavy cream
              5. 2 cups water
              6. 4 cups hot stock or bouillon
              7. ¼ cup butter
              8. 1 cup yellow grits (not instant) (look on the package to determine how many you are making for and then, instead of water, do ½ stock, ¼ cream and ¼ butter)
              9. 6 slices of thick bacon
              10. 1 lb andouille sausage
              11. Olive Oil and old red wine
              12. ¼ cup all-purpose flour
              13. ½ large onion, finely chopped
              14. 1 clove garlic, minced
              15. Chopped Scallions
              16. Shredded Cheddar Cheese

              In a large frying pan over medium high heat, cook bacon and sausage until brown, but not crisp. Remove and pat dry. Coarsely chop when cool. Set aside pan and grease.

              In large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine cream, butter and hot stock; bring to a gentle boil. Add butter and salt and pepper to taste. Slowly add grits, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium low. Cook in accord with package directions, stirring occasionally, until grits are tender (mixture will scorch). Thin grits if needed with more warm stock. Remove from heat.

              After starting grits, sprinkle shrimp with tony’s, black pepper and lemon juice; set aside. Add onion and garlic to sausage/bacon pan with about 4 tablespoons of grease. Saute for approximately ten minutes until onion is transparent. Add healthy splash of red wine and olive oil. Add sausage and bacon mixture. In a separate bowl, sift flour into warm, leftover stock, stirring constantly with a wisk in order to prevent clumps. Slowly add this mixture to your pan, stirring constantly. Bring back up to temperature and add shrimp. Continue sauté for 5 to 7 minutes until shrimp are opaque in center (cut to test). Spoon hot grits into bowl and cover with mixture. Top with scallions and cheddar cheese.

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          robrob RE: zach623 Jan 23, 2008 06:49 AM

          Dante's Kitchen in the Riverbend has delicious shrimp and grits. They are open for brunch.

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            mikemill RE: robrob Jan 23, 2008 07:29 AM

            I definitely second Dante's. Their shrimp and grits are amazing. Also, MiLa serves fantastic truffled grits under their sweetbreads, and would be a good option if you didn't restrict the search to breakfast.

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              cor RE: robrob Jan 23, 2008 09:08 AM

              Dante's really does have the best grits I've ever put in my mouth. Their shrimp and grits is outstanding.

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                N.O.Food RE: robrob Feb 8, 2008 01:49 PM

                Dante's shrimp and grits are definitely good. However, I think blue plate cafe down on prytania has the best though. Commander's does em right, too. As for bbq shrimp, head out to Fat City in Metairie. It's weird to say it, but Crazy Johnny's has the best bbq shrimp I've had in New Orleans.

              2. CEfromLA RE: zach623 Jan 23, 2008 06:51 AM

                I don't know if this will help at all but when we were there for the French Quarter Festival last year, the restaurant EAT had a booth near the zydeco stage and they were serving (delicious) shrimp with cheese grits. I don't know if that is on their ususal menu, but it was really good!

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                  philmaur RE: zach623 Jan 23, 2008 06:56 AM

                  Yes, EAT New Orleans (900 Dumaine) has shrimp & grits on their Sat./Sun. brunch menu. Here's the link to their website: http://www.eatnola.com/

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                    pilaf RE: philmaur Jan 23, 2008 07:52 AM

                    Here's another vote for the version at Eat on Dumaine. The shrimp are in a rich mushroom sauce -- best I've had in years.

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                      TulaneJeff RE: pilaf Jan 23, 2008 08:07 AM

                      I haven't tried the S&G at Eat, but the space and food is comforting.

                      My fav is still the Shrimp & Grits at NOLA, with the bits of bacon, smoked cheddar grits and Abita reduction.

                      Best BBQ Shrimp would have to be the "Dippin' Shrimp" at Crazy Johnnie's Steak House in Metairie.

                  2. amykragan RE: zach623 Jan 23, 2008 08:44 AM

                    Oceana Grill in the quarter has good BBQ shrimp

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                      uptownlibrarian RE: amykragan Jan 23, 2008 08:54 AM

                      What's with all the Oceana talk suddenly? For those not familiar, it's a place on the corner of Bourbon and Conti. I know this because I walk by there on the way to my car sometimes. They have the menu guy outside, and the leaky garbage cans on the Conti St. wall. I've never eaten there, no one I know has ever eaten there. It screams tourist trap. And the talk of beer or wine in their BBQ shrimp is very strange. That might be something, but it ain't BBQ shrimp. So does anybody know the story behind this Oceana place?

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                        Hungry Celeste RE: uptownlibrarian Jan 23, 2008 10:25 AM

                        Looks like a tourist trap to me. Check out the website: http://www.oceanagrill.com/menu.html
                        Anyplace that serves "gator sausage" and fried cheesesticks on the appetizer menu isn't really shooting for lofty culinary goals.

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                          amykragan RE: Hungry Celeste Jan 24, 2008 08:10 AM

                          Oceana is certainly not "lofty" restuaruant. But the BBQ shrimp were tasty and the poster didn't seem concerned about it being a fancy place, but more some decent breakfast.

                    2. malenky RE: zach623 Jan 23, 2008 10:40 AM

                      I really like Mr. B's Shrimp and Grits. They wrap the shrimp in bacon and serve with a red-eye gravy that is made with pepper jelly. However, I've only had them at the food and wine experience and I've made them myself. I just love what the bacon adds to it.

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                        stellawine RE: zach623 Jan 23, 2008 02:53 PM

                        Dante's Kitchen @ Riverbend ( behind Camellia Grill) !!! They have phenomenal Shrimp & Grits !

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                          kmnola RE: zach623 Jan 23, 2008 07:41 PM

                          The Store (Gravier) serves shrimp and grits for lunch, but I have never tried them, nor have any of my friends. I also can't remember if it's a special or not. I have heard good things about shrimp and grits (dinner) at Cafe Adelaide, but that's dinner...

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                            jeffchow RE: zach623 Jan 24, 2008 08:01 AM

                            Count me as another vote for Dante's. The grits are very creamy, much like those at Refuel and Cafe Amelie. Haven't had the S&G at Eat, but their Grits and Grillades are very good.

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                              Mister F. RE: zach623 Jan 24, 2008 02:02 PM

                              Alas, the best shrimp and grits - ever - was to be had at the late, lamented Uglesich's. Perfectly prepared shrimp, served with a kind of fried "gritscake," napped with a pink cream sauce which tasted intensely of a shrimp stock reduction. Absolutely delicious, and the only dish in America for which my beloved wife said she would get on a plane and fly to the restaurant, just to eat it.

                              For barbequed shrimp, it's hard to beat Manele's.

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                                chef4hire RE: Mister F. Jan 24, 2008 02:13 PM

                                ditto on the manale's bbq shrimp~if they have them over panneed drum as a special that's my favorite thing on the menu (all the sauce and shrimp and fish and no peelin required)

                                if you can't find the shrimp & grits I'm sure you'll find grillades a worthy susbstitute

                              2. marthasway RE: zach623 Jan 24, 2008 07:40 PM

                                My favorite BBQ shrimp is (are?) Mr. B's, made with a whole stick of butter for one serving. Haven't had them since they reopended post-K, though.

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                                  bbares81 RE: zach623 Jan 24, 2008 11:46 PM

                                  This is an easy one....Surrey's on Magazone has the best Shrimp and Grits I have had in New Orleans...go check it out...even have a spicier New Orleans hint to it....they are great.

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                                    cereed007 RE: zach623 Jan 28, 2008 07:01 AM

                                    I had shrimp a nd grits at Luke's last night. It was great!

                                    1. joebare RE: zach623 Jan 30, 2008 11:32 AM

                                      the best Shrimp and Grits i have had is at the Dakota's restaurant in Covington near New Orleans. Worth the detout if you have time. They sually do this dish during lunch. Call them up before you go just to make sure.

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                                        blake wilbanks RE: joebare Jan 30, 2008 01:20 PM

                                        As another South Carolina transplant, I must point out that shrimp and grits aren't traditionally a breakfast item.

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                                        mspera RE: zach623 Jan 31, 2008 09:27 AM

                                        If you want incredible grits Dante's Kitchen is the place to go. I'm sure there is something on the menu that will fill your shrimp need as well. Awesome brunch.

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                                          Davo7 RE: mspera Feb 7, 2008 08:27 AM

                                          S & G are currently on the menu at Commander's for the Jazz Brunch, very good.

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                                          Tonto RE: zach623 Feb 7, 2008 01:01 PM

                                          I see shrimp and grits all over the place just not for breakfast. Luke's are very good but they have that service issue or maybe it is better now.

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                                            zach623 RE: Tonto Feb 8, 2008 03:47 AM

                                            Thanks so much for all of the advise.
                                            We ended up going to EATS for Saturday brunch.
                                            My wife had the shrimp and grits and said that they were really good.
                                            As a matter of fact, everything we had was good.
                                            Thanks again

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                                            ssac973 RE: zach623 Feb 10, 2008 05:41 PM

                                            I was at Cafe Adeleine (sp?) this past week. They had delicious Shrimp and Grits. It is located in the Lowe's hotel.

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                                              Clem943 RE: ssac973 Feb 24, 2008 01:56 PM

                                              Mister F-This post is a little belated, but I noticed that Uglesich's recipe for shrimp and grits is in the cookbook they published just before they went out of business.

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                                              beth1 RE: zach623 Feb 24, 2008 09:28 PM

                                              Check Southernliving.com 's recipe for shrimp and grits. it's very simple, good if you've never made it before. Use stone-ground grits (not quick or instant grits). You'll have to cook them longer, but they're completely worth it. It's one of those things I miss since I now live in San Diego.

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                                                Hungry4Good RE: beth1 Feb 24, 2008 10:41 PM

                                                No need to miss it. I live in LA, and I get stone-ground grits mailed from S. Carolina and delectable gulf shrimp shipped from Louisiana/Alabama. It's not as expensive as you might think. Not that shrimp and grits is one of my faves, though.

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                                                so_chick RE: zach623 May 28, 2010 06:06 PM

                                                You HAVE to check out Upperline. I literally just had the BEST shrimp and grits I have ever had in my life. I started with the fried green tomatoes which were amazing as well, but the shrimp and grits were out of this world. Its a small venue, filled with great local art, good service and fantastic food. It is worth the short cab ride out of the french quarter to get there. Check it out!

                                                Upperline Restaurant
                                                1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

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