Must-Try Shrimp and Grits in DFW

By Farah Fleurima  |  June 20, 2014

Much like a piping-hot serving of biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits is one of those warm, comfy dishes that Dallasites don’t mind digging into, even in the depths of summer. Whether you like 'em faithful and true or with a twist, here are a few notables.

  • Bird Cafe

    Neighborhood: Fort Worth’s Sundance Square (you can find the same dish at sister restaurant Meddlesome Moth in Dallas’ Design District)
    True or Twisted: Fairly true, with jalapeño gravy adorning the shrimp and Homestead grits.
    Perfect Pairing: The cafe’s menu says Sauvignon Blanc, and who are we to argue?

  • Ellen’s Southern Kitchen

    Neighborhood: West End
    True or Twisted: Twisted; a mound of cheese grits comes under spicy Cajun shrimp and wilted spinach.
    Perfect Pairing: How about a milky iced latte from the barista station to soothe the burn?

  • Sissy’s

    Neighborhood: Knox-Henderson
    True or Twisted: Twisted, thanks to a sauce of tomato, piquillos, tasso ham and onion.
    Perfect Pairing: The new bourbon-peach panna cotta would end things nicely.

  • Stampede 66

    Neighborhood: Downtown
    True or Twisted: We’d expect no less from Stephan Pyles; there's an orb of broth atop the dish waiting to be pierced.
    Perfect Pairing: Keep the drama high with a showy Modern Star Canyon Margarita made tableside.

  • Hattie’s

    Neighborhood: Bishop Arts District
    True or Twisted: Tabasco-bacon pan sauce gets cooled a bit by a topping of goat cheese.
    Perfect Pairing: The vodka-based Carolina Heat cocktail, with green Tabasco, completes the Lowcountry experience.

  • HG Sply Co.

    Neighborhood: Lower Greenville
    True or Twisted: It’s a pretty faithful rendition, with a few microgreens strewn on top. Not surprising from this farm-to-fork fave. (Note: It's a brunch-only dish.)
    Perfect Pairing: A beer or bloody Mary, especially if you’re on HG’s splendid rooftop patio.

  • Buttons Restaurant

    Neighborhood: Addison
    True or Twisted: Supremely twisted, with jalapeño-cheese grits supporting not just shellfish, but a plank of fried catfish and an over-easy egg.
    Perfect Pairing: A traditional Southern dessert like sweet-potato pie or the Buttons peach cobbler.

  • MAX’s Wine Dive

    Neighborhood: Uptown and Fort Worth
    True or Twisted: Twisted — a poached egg tops the bacon-flecked jalapeño-cheese grits.
    Perfect Pairing: A Pinot Grigio would be crisply refreshing.