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Shrimp & Grits

Thaxone Sep 14, 2012 10:02 PM

Hey guys I was wondering if you guys can recommend me to some good shrimp and grits preferably in the pasadena area, if not then maybe a place in west la?

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    jsandler Sep 14, 2012 10:29 PM

    I had shrimp and grits recently at Blue Stove in Nordstrom at Santa Monica Place. First time having the dish, but everyone at the table loved it.

    I was skeptical about Blue Stove at first, as many seem to be. But for a restaurant inside a department store, its surprisingly good.

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    1. re: jsandler
      PeterCC Sep 15, 2012 08:23 AM

      jsandler, I really enjoyed my dineLA meal at Blue Stove (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/860090) and would definitely go back again.

      Thaxone, I know you're asking for recommendations, but I'll give you an avoid; it's not near Pasadena anyway: Killer Cafe in Marina Del Rey is Killer Shrimp's cafe/diner-style adjacent restaurant that serves breakfast. I like Killer Shrimp (to the chagrin of westsidegal) but Killer Cafe's shrimp and grits were just awful. The shrimp was overcooked, the grits were runny rather than creamy, ugh.

      1. re: PeterCC
        OCSteve Sep 17, 2012 09:41 AM

        I couldn't agree more on your assessment of Killer Cafe's shrimp and grits. A fellow diner in my party had them yesterday, and I had a taste. Both the shrimp and grits were overcooked, and the grits were totally lacking in flavor.

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      New Trial Sep 14, 2012 11:56 PM

      Nook, in a mini-mall on SM Blvd. near Barrington in West L.A., offers a good rendition. You can also get an Abita root-beer. Josie Next Door on Pico near 26th also offers a decent version.

      1. Servorg Sep 15, 2012 08:55 AM

        You might give them a try at Firefly http://www.eatatfirefly.com/ in Pasadena and see what you think.

        From their menu: "Shrimp and Grits with tasso ham, crimini mushrooms, Herbsaint and tarragon over parmesan-Tabasco hominy grits"

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        1. re: Servorg
          Will Owen Sep 15, 2012 03:15 PM

          Give them a try, but the thing I like least about this place is that they don't know when to stop doing stuff to the food. We ate there once, just because a lot of the local folk-music freaks are regulars (partly because some of them play there); I had a duck confit thing that they should've sent out halfway through the process. It wasn't bad, but I was hoping to taste the duck … I gave them a good review, but that's an excellent argument for sleeping on the experience more than once.

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          Jme Sep 15, 2012 09:51 AM

          Canele in Atwater Village sometimes has shrimp and grits as a brunch special. It's great.

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          1. re: Jme
            andytseng Sep 16, 2012 02:45 PM

            +1 I just had this for lunch/brunch and it was delicious.

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            MarkC Sep 16, 2012 07:30 AM

            It's on the higher end of the scale, but Hatfield does great shrimp and grits.

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              CLowe Oct 4, 2012 06:25 PM

              This is a little late, but I recently went to the new(ish) restaurant Post and Beam in Baldwin Hills, and though it's not reflected on their online menu, they had a shrimp and grits entree on the printed menu that looked pretty darn good. Didn't try it myself, but based on the quality of what we did eat, I'd say give it a shot. Plus, I'm invested in this area getting more awesome establishments like this one to come in... there's a crowd of us locals just DYING for more mid-price restaurants with some ambiance to move in.



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