Bill Smith's Shrimp n Grits at Crooks corner in Chapel Hill, NC.

From classic to contemporary, restaurants across North Carolina serve up distinct versions of shrimp and grits.

We’ve compiled five places below you should check out next time you’re in the mood for shrimp and grits with a twist.

Not familiar with grits? See Emily Wallace’s illustrated guide to grits grammar.

See our list below, and then tell us where you go for your favorite shrimp and grits in North Carolina in the comments section.

Five Takes

Cape Fear Seafood Company
5226 South College Road
Wilmington, N.C. 28412
(910) 799-7077
capefearseafoodcompany.com
On the menu: Applewood smoked bacon and local shrimp star in the restaurant’s Cape Fear Shrimp & Grits.

Crook’s Corner
610 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516
(919) 929-7643
crookscorner.com
On the menu: The late Bill Neal’s recipe — sauteed shrimp with bacon, mushrooms and scallions, served over cheese grits — is the standard bearer for the dish (pictured above).

Halcyon: Flavors from the Earth
500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
(704) 910-0865
halcyonflavors.com
On the menu: Chef Marc Jacksina puts an Asian spin on the classic with his Shrimp & Rice Grits made with dashi-braised shrimp, vegetables and kimchi-fried rice grits.

Humble Pie
317 South Harrington Street
Raleigh N.C. 27603
(919) 829-9222
humblepierestaurant.com
On the menu: The restaurant shelves humility for its Sunday brunch staple Shrimp + Grits made with “broth of the gods,” bacon and chives.

Sweet Potatoes
529 North Trade Street
Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101
(336) 727-4844
sweetpotatoes.ws
On the menu: Sweet Potatoes spices up Sunday brunch with its Curried Shrimp and Grits served over creamy stone-ground grits and topped with apple marmalade.

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