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Mar 15, 2008 02:33 PM

DC girl coming home...looking for Shrimp & Grits

I'll be in DC week after next, but with limited access to a car.
Need shrimp and grits.
Fried catfish.
All the good stuff I ate growing up that taught me I was truly being raised in a Southern City.

And yes - I know - I'm utterly shattered about being too early for crab.

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  1. I'd recommend Creme on U Street. I've never had the shrimp and grits, but other food there has been good.

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    1. re: NYDCTransplant

      Just went to Creme for the first time tonight - had the shrimp and grits and it was great. Nice place, great service too.

    2. Vidalia at 1990 M St. NW has wonderful shrimp and grits.

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      1. re: Duker52

        No, no, no sorry Vidalia's shrimp and grits are not Southern... not in my book. They are like a New York take on Southern food. You will only truly like them if you aren't Southern in my opinion. Plus way too expensive for what should be a fairly cheap dish.

        I have never been to Creme, I always get my Southern fix at Southside 815 in Alexandria, but I don't know that it is at all close to a metro (there low country shrimp and grits also have sausage haven't had it recently because I also love their low country shortcake). If I had to go in DC I would bet on Creme I keep trying to make it there, but my calorie splurges recently have been on high end dining. And it would probably be the cheaper place too, rather than Georgia Browns, but it might be my second pick for who I would bet could do it pretty well. Really nothing beats Mom...

        1. re: ktmoomau

          Never had the shrimp and grits, but love Southside generally and am happy to confirm that it is relatively metro-accessible, but you either have to walk, bus or hop a cab from the station. It's on Washington.

      2. My favorite shrimp and grits are at Acadiana. I know everyone loves Vidalia's version but I wasn't all that impressed.

        Georgia Browns and Creme also have a good version. Oh and suprisingly, my bf's favorite version can be found at Zola. It was delicious!

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        1. re: Elyssa

          Just saw this on the menu tonight at Bucks Fishing and Camping on Wisconisn.

          1. re: beauxgoris

            Does Florida Ave Grill serve them? I know they did for a time when I was a kid.

            1. re: northofboston

              I'd stay out of that Fla Ave Grill if I were you.... not so clean anymore.

              Vidalia is pricey, yes, but it is worth it. Creme is good. One place not mentioned is Johnny's on the Half Shell. They have a nice S&G appetizer that can be doubled for an entree.

              Good luck!

        2. Marvin on 14th has an appetizer (small) of shrimp and grits..delicious though.

          1. Another vote for Creme. Was there with a South Carolina friend, who is always highly skeptical of southern foods outside of the south (DC not counting as south in her book). She grudgingly admitted they were both good and authentic. Could have been the fab' bloody marys we downed with our food though during their brunch hour. Another reason to go, I think.