Best Shrimp and Grits in the World Are in South Carolina – K104.7

Shrimp and grits are a southern staple. So I am not surprised that you can find some of the best shrimp and grits in the world right in South Carolina. As a Charleston girl, I can tell you that shrimp and grits is no joke. It is not only the brunch staple but also the must-eat whenever in Charleston. It’s something about Charleston cooking that just is good for the soul. According to food experts, South Carolina has more than one of the best shrimp and grits in the world. Can you believe it?
Taste Atlas gathered a list of some of the best shrimp and grits in the world. They have their top 10 which are home to the best shrimp and grits in the world according to food experts and 7 South Carolina locations made the top 10. That’s right, 7 out of the 10 places for shrimp and grits are right here in the Carolinas. How lucky are we? Not only are they South Carolina restaurants, but the majority are right in the Lowcountry of Charleston. So if you have never tried shrimp and grits before, now might be your time to give them a taste. Check out some of the best locations in the world for shrimp and grits.
82 Queen is a Lowcountry favorite. This restaurant is serving up Lowcountry favorites from shrimp and grits and she-crab soup to fried green tomatoes and more! It is located in the heart of downtown and close to all of the shopping and fun that can be found on King Street. Enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner at this Charleston favorite whenever you are back in town.

Now Hyman’s Seafood is a popular place to eat whenever you are in Charleston. Located right off of the famous market, this Charleston restaurant is serving up plenty of Charleston favorites and serving some of your favorites. Tons of celebrities visit here and the artwork within the building will tell you who has been there. Enjoy shrimp and grits, fried shrimp, hushpuppies, crawfish, fish, and more!
Hilton Head Island surely serves up some great seafood classics as well in South Carolina. A Lowcountry Backyard is your home for great seafood, drinks, and music. Their shrimp and grits are a staple, but also serving up favorites such as crab cake, May River blue crab dip, Lowcountry boil, and more! Next time you head to Hilton Head this might be the place you need to check out.

The Glass Onion is a unique, homegrown, and local restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. They support local farmers and purveyors in the area to help keep things fresh and locally focused within the restaurant. Their shrimp and grits are one of their menu favorites. But, they are also serving up dishes such as deviled eggs, fried green tomato po boy, gumbo, and more!

South Carolina is not the only spot with some good shrimp and grits. Atlanta is serving up some bomb southern food over at South City Kitchen. With multiple Georgia locations, you can get a taste of shrimp and grits wherever you may be. Enjoy some of your other southern favorites like smoked lamb sausage, she-crab soup, collard greens, chicken livers, and more!
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Now THIS is one of those spots that I will fight for to the death of me. Page’s Okra Grill is one of my all time favorite places to eat whenever I go back home. They have some of the best southern food, fresh seafood, fresh ingredients, it is beyond words. Honestly, everyone I know coming to Charleston for the first time this is one of the spots I tell them they have to check out. Great shrimp and grits, fried shrimp, mac and cheese, loaded fries, and more!

Brennan’s of Houston is located in Houston, Texas. I actually used to live there as well, but I have never heard of this spot so now I am intrigued to learn more. Their brunch menu online seems that they certainly have some great options to check out. From shrimp & grits to banana’s foster to soft shell crab and more! Yeah, next time I head to Houston I will be trying this place out for sure. 
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Another Charleston restaurant. I am telling you, shrimp and grits is really a Charleston staple. Poogan’s Porch in Charleston is serving up shrimp and grits the right way. This southern restaurant has all of your favorites beyond shrimp and grits like pimento cheese fritters, fried pickled okra, catfish sandwich, chicken fried pork chop, and more. This is another one that I personally have not been to in Charleston, but it looks like I will be going next time I visit home.
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Of course New Orleans had to make this list. If there was one city I would say is like Charleston when it comes to food, New Orleans is it. Atchafalaya Restaurant is home to some of New Orleans favorite shrimp and grits. This unique spot offers menu items you may not have even thought of such as crispy gulf oysters, peaches & cream waffles, goat cheese salad, and more!
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Husk is one of those restaurants that we have seen before. They have been named one of Charleston’s best restaurants, best burger, and now top notch shrimp and grits. At this point, you can’t really be surprised about this one. Located in the heart of Charleston, this cute little dining spot is serving up big flavors for their guests. If you ever head to Charleston, add this to your list too.
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These days it’s all about the food. The newest, trendiest restaurants, and of course Instagrammable presentation of the food. Typically we think of the term “foodie” as describing those who love gourmet food and restaurants. But it’s not just restaurants. These days foodies can enjoy a booth in a food hall, a food truck, or even their own kitchen. Foodies think of eating as a hobby, not a necessity. But like many hobbies, it’s not cheap! Prices are rising in grocery stores and restaurants making eating anything, much less high-quality food, very expensive! If you’re anything like me you love to travel and try new restaurants. But the rising cost of food in addition to airfare or gas, hotel, and other travel expenses may be hindering that. But the good news, if you’re looking for a good foodie destination, is that South Carolina is home to one of the top foodie cities in the US. This is according to a study by WalletHub.
WalletHub took the largest 180 cities in the US to determine the best destinations for foodies in the current economy. They measured each of these locations on 29 indicators of “foodie-friendliness”.  Cities on this list appeal to both those who like to dine out or cook for themselves. Keep reading to see which South Carolina city your inner foodie will love most (it ranked in the Top 20), as well as where the other major NC/SC cities ranked. You can read the full study here.
According To WalletHub
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Total Score: 69.96
Affordability: 36
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 4
A post shared by Orlando Foodie News (@orlandofoodienews)
Total Score: 66.63
Affordability: 101
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 5
A post shared by 📍Miami Food (@miami_eats_official)
Total Score: 66.15
Affordability: 172
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 2
A post shared by San Francisco's @BestFoodFeed (@bestfoodsf)
Total Score: 65.10
Affordability: 176
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 1
A post shared by Rachel | Austin Food Blogger (@austinfoodstagram)
Total Score: 63.19
Affordability: 24
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 14
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Total Score: 62.89
Affordability: 81
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 7
A post shared by Seattle Food Scene (@seattlefoodscene)
Total Score: 62.58
Affordability: 177
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 3
A post shared by Best Food Tampa (@bestfoodtampa)
Total Score: 61.80
Affordability: 74
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 10
A post shared by Vegas Eats • Desserts • Food (@vegaseatthis)
Total Score: 61.20
Affordability: 88
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 13
A post shared by San Diego Foodie 🏝 Robin (@_sandiegofoodie)
Total Score: 60.78
Affordability: 141
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 8
A post shared by Denver Food Scene (@denverfoodscene)
Total Score: 60.10
Affordability: 68
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 16
A post shared by Chicago Food Blogger • 312food (@312food)
Total Score: 58.91
Affordability: 150
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 12
A post shared by DC Food (DC • NOVA • MD) DMV (@hypefoodies)
Total Score: 58.27
Affordability: 122
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 17
A post shared by The ATLANTA Food Bae | Foodie (@theatlantafoodbae)
Total Score: 58.19
Affordability: 154
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 15
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Total Score:
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality:
A post shared by Pittsburgh Foodie – Abby (@pittsburgh_foodie)
Total Score: 57.42
Affordability: 86
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 19
A post shared by Portland Maine Food (@portlandmainefood)
Total Score: 57.31
Affordability: 66
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 21
A post shared by New York Foodguide (@newyork.foodguide)
Total Score: 57.27
Affordability: 180
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 6
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Total Score: 56.84
Affordability: 29
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 27
It comes as so surprise to me that Charleston ranks the highest out of North and South Carolina on this list. The southern paradise is known for its incredible restaurants!
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Total Score: 56.23
Affordability: 174
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 9
A post shared by RALEIGH FOOD PICS (@raleighfoodpics)
Total Score: 51.81
Affordability: 45
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 43
A post shared by Sarah | Charlotte Food Scene (@charlottefoodscene)
Total Score: 49.65
Affordability: 98
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 44
A post shared by Greensboro Foodie (@gsofoodie)
Total Score: 45.60
Affordability: 78
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 88
A post shared by Durham Foodies (@durhamfoodies)
Total Score: 44.42
Affordability: 46
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 104
A post shared by columbia, sc eats (@columbia_foodie)
Total Score: 43.40
Affordability: 80
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 109
A post shared by Fayetteville, NC 📍 (@fayetteville_food)
Total Score: 40.27
Affordability: 10
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 176
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Total Score: 38.43
Affordability: 116
Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 153
In order to determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across two key dimensions, “Affordability” and “Diversity, Accessibility & Quality.”
We evaluated those dimensions using 29 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions and costs for foodies. For metrics marked with an asterisk (*), we used the square root of the population to calculate the population size in order to avoid overcompensating for minor differences across cities.
Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the cities in our sample. In determining our sample, we considered only the “city proper” in each case and excluded surrounding cities in the metro area.
Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, Federation of Tax Administrators, Tax Foundation, County Health Rankings, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,, Numbeo, Wikipedia, TripAdvisor and Yelp.
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