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Good grits in Dallas?

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jmorri26 Aug 5, 2011 10:17 AM

A coworker and I got to thinking the other day and could come up with no solution- has anyone found anywhere in Dallas that serves good, real (no made with water) grits. Not shrimp and grits or a meal, I mean a side of grits?

We scoured the net and even went to a few places and all of them hit you with a sloppy bowl of gummy grits made with water and no seasoning. Has anyone found true, buttery creamy southern grits in Dallas?

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    vstock RE: jmorri26 Aug 5, 2011 11:03 AM

    I like the gorgonzola grits at Into the Glass in Grapevine. They are creamy and tangy. I recommend lunch over dinner...the place is small and I don't like to compete with the music in the evenings for conversation. I am interested to see the other suggestions!

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    Into the Glass
    322 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

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      CocoaNut RE: jmorri26 Aug 5, 2011 01:41 PM

      I'm from southern MS and when you find them, please post. Other than cooking them myself, the closest I've found (but haven't eaten there in a few years, so I'm sure the cook has probably changed) was the Waffle House at 121 @ Cheek Sparger in Bedford. I know they weren't cooked with milk, but they were at least *cooked" and not soupy and gritty. As to buttery and seasoned, I always end up adding another 1/2 stick of butter and more, much more salt and lots of pepper than should be allowed. But that's how I like them! I'm spoiled to how my grandmother cooked them every morning during my childhood. Daily and consistent sides were grits for breakfast and white rice with some kind of gravy for dinner.

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        jmorri26 RE: CocoaNut Aug 5, 2011 01:53 PM

        You're talking my language, CocoaNut! Oddly, I'd have to say that waffle house is the best I've found around here too, and that's not saying much.

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          Mike C. Miller RE: CocoaNut Aug 5, 2011 02:20 PM

          I've also found Waffle House has better grits than 90% of the other places. And that's very disappointing as theirs have some sort of greasy butter substitute in them.

          It's really a shame that there are so few places that make a decent bowl of grits. It's a wonderful dish. It's regionally appropriate. And making decent grits isn't exactly rocket science.

          And for some reason, I think that the problem has gotten worse over the years. I'm not sure why, but I get the impression that grits are falling out of favor as a breakfast cereal while oatmeal gains in prominence. When I was a kid, you never saw or heard of oatmeal at a restaurant in Texas. And you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting a place that served good grits. Now you can't get a decent bowl of grits to save your life. Any one else agree with this, or have any theory on why grits are falling out of favor?

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          Waffle House Restaurant
          120 W Spring Valley Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

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            CocoaNut RE: Mike C. Miller Aug 5, 2011 03:26 PM

            Fiber.
            But as long as I've lived here in TX (40+years) I've never had a truly respectable serving of grits.

        2. twinwillow RE: jmorri26 Aug 5, 2011 02:04 PM

          Norma's serves grits for breakfast. I've never had them but I'd bet they're damn good.

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            CocoaNut RE: twinwillow Aug 5, 2011 03:27 PM

            No

          2. irodguy RE: jmorri26 Aug 5, 2011 03:31 PM

            I would have to agree that just a side of grits in DFW is a very hard thing to find. I really like the grillades and grits and big easy, but even their grits are just a bit past okay.

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              DallasDude RE: irodguy Aug 5, 2011 05:04 PM

              You do realize that if a place serves shrimp and grits you could most likely ask for a side of grits. Anyone serving Homestead Gristmill brand of grits will be superior. Off the top of my head I can think of numerous places that carry their brand (which is ground in Waco from a 100 yr old water run gristmill). Screen Door, Hatties, Neighborhood Services, Bolsa, Victor Tango, Rathbuns, Kathleen's Sky Diner, Parigi, and I believe Smoke to name a few.

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              Screen Door
              1722 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201

              Neighborhood Services
              5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

              Bolsa
              614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

              Parigi Restaurant
              3311 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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                twinwillow RE: DallasDude Aug 5, 2011 06:15 PM

                If that be the case, I'd order mine from Hattie's or Smoke.

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                  foiegras RE: DallasDude Aug 5, 2011 07:18 PM

                  That thought occurred to me as well. Buttons serves shrimp, fish, and grits with a fried egg ...

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                    irodguy RE: foiegras Aug 5, 2011 07:22 PM

                    Ms Mary's has pretty good cheese grits http://www.maryssoutherncuisine.com/d...

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                    jmorri26 RE: DallasDude Aug 6, 2011 09:32 AM

                    I thought of that because I have had decent shrimp and grits and things, but no one wants to be that person in Bolsa, Smoke or the like asking them for just a big order of grits. If you're there, you're going to order real food items off the menu. I see grits more as a side, which places serve, but none around here I've found serve well.

                    So far Dream Cafe is the only suggestion that serves a true side of grits with a positive vote from someone.

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                    Bolsa
                    614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

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                      foiegras RE: jmorri26 Aug 6, 2011 07:37 PM

                      You could order the grits as a side with other food. I have done this before when I spotted a delectable looking side with a different entree. Once such a side was my very favorite thing from an entire trip to New Orleans. Sometimes you just gotta ask ...

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                  pepper131 RE: jmorri26 Aug 6, 2011 09:08 AM

                  The best grits are at the Dream Cafe - they are buttery and creamy. I used to get a side of grits and a side of black beans for breakfast.

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                    chipsandsalsa RE: jmorri26 Aug 6, 2011 05:03 PM

                    We really like the grits at Crossroads Cafe at Walnut Hill and 75. They do slow cooked, stone ground white corn grits topped with butter & white cheddar. They have amazing pancakes as well!

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                      twinwillow RE: chipsandsalsa Aug 6, 2011 07:25 PM

                      I think we have a winaaaaah!

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                      CocoaNut RE: jmorri26 Sep 14, 2011 05:36 AM

                      The grits at Crossroads were good and savory, served in a bowl. The appearance and consistency was that of porridge seasoned with shallots and garlic. Good, savory grits, but not what would be found on any (deep-south) southerners table - certainly not for breakfast, when grits are most often served.

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