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ISO Shrimp & Grits

Comin from L.A. and stayin at the Hyatt near the Mall. I wiill be drivin down to Monticello and up to Amish country,. I am Hungry for some good hot Shrimp and grits served together. Can't find dat kinda cook'n no kind-a-way in LA. So please, please, sho'me what'cha got.

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  1. I love, love, love the shrimp and grits at Coastal Flats. While you're there, get the blue crab and rock shrimp fritters. They are amazing.

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    1. re: FoodieGrrl

      OK, FoodieGrrl. I read what you wrote and did the research. This Coastal Flats place appears popular and a nunber of people have some favs there.. Now, about those blue crab and rock shrimp fritters., That sounds so good, buf for some reason I cannot eat crab. I will ask them if they can make me some shrimp fritters w/out the crab. Damm, that sounds so good. I can tell that you know how to run your plate.

      Coastal Flats (Shrimp & Grits, blue crab and rock shrimp fritters, shrimp poboy, warm goat cheese and pecan Salad, Filet Mignon, cauliflower mush, wood char-grilled chicken sandwich, banana pudding, rolls & butter)
      11901 Grand Commons Ave ("Fairfax Corner")
      Fairfax, VA 22030
      (571) 522-6300

      1. re: JeetJet

        I've only had it at Vidalia here and it was good (better than Restaurant Luke in New Orleans). I personally don't care for Coastal Flats.

      2. re: FoodieGrrl

        I love the shrimp and grits at Coastal Flats but don't know if it's what someone is looking for when they're thinking southern grits. But the grits are so creamy (w/out the texture of southern grits) and the Smithfield ham adds some nice flavor. It's more like polenta to me.

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      3. Acadiana!

        901 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001

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        1. re: DanielK

          I 2nd Acadiana. Creme on U St. also has a pretty good shrimp and grits.

          1. re: DanielK

            I've had them all over the city and have been most satisfied with Acadiana...spicy and delicious. They do a great job with upscale low country food.

          2. I second Vidalia. Fantastic!

            1. I'm pretty sure Johnny's Half Shell serves it.

              1. Are you coming from Los Angeles or Lousiana? In Lousiana I think you could find it, and would be appauled at the price Vidalia charges for it. If you are from Los Angeles, the price might not be as crushing and the fact that it seems like a modern version won't be a deal breaker like it was for me.

                I would say Creme though I have not been to Acadiana.

                1. Also check out Georgia Brown's at 15th & K. They specialize in "Low Country Cuisine" (which I believe is the coastal Carolina region). The shrimp & grits there is excellent and it's a bit more affordable than Vidalia. Just don't try to go there for Sunday brunch - w/o a reservation you'd be out of luck.

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                  1. re: terpdx

                    skip GBs, it's overpriced and not that good (and im talking about everything on the menu there)

                    1. re: terpdx

                      I second Georgia Brown's. Although, I would definitely take the plunge for brunch. Don't bother though without a reservation - it's a must.

                    2. My fiancee and I really enjoyed the shrimp and grits at Vinoteca (a winebar on 13th and U, I believe).

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                      1. Did Colorado Kitchen ever relocate? Or was that just a rumor? They had great shrimp and grits!

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                        1. re: bruiserwoods

                          I think they are due to open 2 new restaurants in Silver Spring under different names,
                          there was an article about it in the paper. I do not know if things have changed since, but that was the last I heard...