As one of South Carolina's most iconic dishes, shrimp and grits is served in restaurants throughout the Palmetto State. But if you're looking to enjoy this Southern tradition at its most refined, you'll want to head to the culinary hub of Charleston.
Day One: Arrive at the Harbour View Inn. Located on the edge of Waterfront Park and in the heart of historic downtown, this retreat gives visitors an authentic city experience, complete with picturesque views of Charleston Harbor.
Once you're unpacked and ready to sample one of the Palmetto State's tastiest dishes, take the short stroll over to the restaurant that helped fire up Charleston's food renaissance, Slightly North of Broad, also known as "SNOB."
SNOB's popularity is due in large part to former head chef Frank Lee, a pioneer who changed the culinary landscape with his fresh approach and homegrown menu.
Situated inside a 19th-century brick warehouse, SNOB's dining room serves as a natural extension of its kitchen. This allows customers to marvel in anticipation as some of Charleston's finest chefs prepare their dishes for all to see. Chef Lee's modern interpretation of shrimp and grits highlights the flavor of South Carolina's Lowcountry, from fresh-off-the-boat shrimp to stone-ground grits and house-made kielbasa sausage.
After that hearty Southern meal, walk around and explore everything Charleston's historic district has to offer. From the architectural charm of Rainbow Row to the lively Charleston City Market, there's no shortage of things to see and do. Cap off your night at The Rooftop Bar at Vendue and enjoy a handcrafted cocktail along with breathtaking views of the Holy City.
Day Two: Begin your day with a savory Southern breakfast at Hominy Grill on Rutledge Avenue. Hominy is another Charleston eatery famous for their shrimp and grits, a dish most locals would recommend. Even though it's technically the same dish, you're unlikely to find a restaurant that doesn't put its own creative spin on the recipe. While SNOB's version includes country ham and kielbasa sausage, Hominy's dish focuses on scallions, mushrooms and bacon.
Then, if you're interested in making your own shrimp and grits, take the one-hour drive to quaint Edisto Island where you can gather all of the freshest ingredients. Edisto Seafood, home to the only operational shrimp boat on the island, sells shrimp caught that same day. Geechie Boy Market & Mill is famous for their homegrown grits and heirloom vegetables and you can even watch how grits are made on their old stone mill.