Shrimp and Grits in Houston

Classic Southern foods have experienced a gourmet renaissance of late, with chefs to the north and out west getting behind such butter-laden dishes as the iconic shrimp and grits. And while a North Carolinian grandmother might not make it this way, the once humble fisherman's breakfast is getting dolled up with fancy additions like butter broth and pimientos del Piquillo in restaurants all over Houston. We can't say we disapprove. (Photo: Flickr/biskuit)

Updated: August 23, 2010

Shrimp and Grits in Houston

Max's Wine Dive

4720 Washington Ave # B, Houston, TX 77007

Ever the champion of elevating low foods to new highs (haute dog, anyone?), Max's keeps the bacon and scallions of old but then transforms the grits into a pan-fried cake.

Ouisie's Table

3939 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77027

Chef Elousie Adams Jones, aka Ouisie, has operated her own Southern style restaurant since 1975 and served shrimp and grits to Houston for just as long. The shrimp get a lick of spice and more than a touch of butter.

Branch Water Tavern

510 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007

When a friend had a broken jaw, she still came to this Houston restaurant just for the grits (topped with a slow-poached egg), even though she had to forgo the bacon-wrapped shrimp.

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019

The cheesy, buttery shrimp and grits at Chef Hugo Ortega's River Oaks bistro will make you feel guilty and gluttonous. Just as comfort food should.