5 great places for grits in Charleston, SC

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If you’re anything like us, you know there’s nothing better than a heaping bowl of buttery grits. First introduced by Native Americans in the sixteenth century and carried on by the Gullah Geechee people, grits have become a staple of Southern cooking in the Lowcountry. 🥣

We rounded up five great spots to get grits around town.

The Darling Oyster Bar, 513 King St.

This downtown seafood restaurant offers brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop in or make a reservation to try the shrimp and grits with cheddar, Brussels sprouts, country ham, and fennel. 

Virginia’s on King, 39 John St.

From open to close, this restaurant features everything from a breakfast grits bowl with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and smoked bacon to stone-ground grits topped with sautéed shrimp, Andouille sausage, and Creole gravy. Make a reservation.

Fleet Landing, 186 Concord St.

We asked readers back in 2018 who had the best shrimp and grits in town, and Fleet Landing took the title. Try the creamy Charleston Shrimp & Grits with jumbo shrimp, Tasso ham gravy, and sausage. Snag a spot for dinner and try it for yourself. 

Sixty Bull Cafe, 60 Bull St.

Come by this eatery in Harleston Village for all-day breakfast with lots and lots of grits. Try the grits bowl with two eggs, NC sharp cheddar, and Heritage Farms bacon or the classic shrimp and grits with herb roasted tomatoes, Cajun shrimp stock, and spring onions. Order online here.

Gillie’s Seafood, 805 Folly Rd.

Stop in to see why Granny’s Shrimp & Grits with sausage gravy won first place in the 2017 Shrimp and Grits Festival. This James Island eatery is made to “feel like you are at Grandma’s house.” Feast your eyes on the popular dish. 

If you want to make them at home, try your hand at Southern Living’s recipe + add your favorite toppings. If you have a sweet tooth, sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. For something savory, add sharp cheddar cheese and a fried egg. 🍳

Now, grab a friend who loves grits and hit the town. Just make sure to come hungry.