Ah, grits. In case you had a very sad, grits-free childhood, grits are a delicious hominy-based side dish. Grits have been a staple in Southern cooking for generations and are finally on the foodie radar here in the Lone Star State. In the past, the only place to get grits was at your grandma’s breakfast table. Now, however, it has become more common in restaurants across Texas. If you’ve never had them, you might not know how they’re supposed to taste. Despite the unappetizing name, grits are actually intensely flavorful and delicious, when done right. They should be creamy and fluffy, and not too salty. So if you’re looking for some good grits, here are ten places where you can find delicious grits in Texas.
10. Reata – Fort Worth
The jalapeño cheese elk sausage appetizer at Reata is served on a dollop of deliciously creamy grits, or you can order the grits as a side dish. Either way, it’s incredible.
9. Dish Society – Houston
Dish Society is a farm-to-table operation in Houston that serves homestyle food with a haute twist. The brunch is unparalleled. The menu has items like Nutella french toast and pork belly hash, but the shrimp and grits are quite possibly the most popular. The dish includes gouda and bacon as well as tobacco shallot butter. The grits are topped with gulf shrimp and served with a sunny side egg.
8. Three Little Pigs – Austin
Raymond’s Three Little Pigs is an unobtrusive food truck located outside the Aristocrat Lounge on Burnet. The bacon-wrapped meatloaf and cheese grits with collard greens is a favorite in the Capital city. Three Little Pigs is mostly an evening establishment open from 5 PM to Midnight.
7. Ellen’s Southern Kitchen – Dallas
The Grits Benedict is famous at Ellen’s Southern Kitchen. The dish is comprised of two poached eggs with hollandaise sauce served over bacon cheese grits with spinach and tomatoes. There’s a saying at Ellen’s, “Breakfast is served all day because grits rule.” Viva la grits, Ellen.
6. Boudro’s – San Antonio
Boudro’s on the Riverwalk has a grits dish. The Shrimp and Grits has pepper jack grits with shrimp, bacon, poblano peppers and, wait for it, chorizo! It combines southern soul food with the Tex-Mex flavors that make dining in San Antonio so exciting.
5. Monument Cafe – Georgetown
Simplicity is key with the grits at Monument Cafe. Yellow, stone-ground grits are a side-dish on the menu, and are not served with any fancy accouterments. They still impressed Texas Monthly though, who said, “If there are any better (grits) in Texas, it’s hard to imagine them.”
4. The Flying Fish – Dallas
Gumbo is normally served with rice, but at the Flying Fish they use grits. The dish is wildly popular at this Dallas area eatery.
3. The Breakfast Klub – Houston
If you haven’t already heard about the Breakfast Klub, then you haven’t been paying attention. The Houston restaurant has been on many lists for their fantastic breakfasts. Any given weekend day will have a line wrapped around the outside of the building. The Breakfast Klub is always filled with folks awaiting their famous “katfish and grits.” If Catfish isn’t your thing though, you can get the grits as a side with pretty much anything.
2. Farley Girls Cafe – Galveston
The Farley Girls Cafe have redefined breakfast with their smoked gouda and mushroom grits and eggs dish. The restaurant is hugely popular on the island and likely to have a line around lunchtime.
1. Michelthwait Craft Meats – Austin
In a town known for its barbecue, Michelthwait Craft Meats is a somewhat undiscovered gem. The barbecue is spectacular, and the jalapeño cheese grits are both creamy and spicy without being overpowering. They are a favorite at this downtown food truck.