Thanks to the strong reviews on TripAdvisor, we decided to try Grits for dinner on a recent trip. What a pleasant surprise – a modern, urban restaurant that would be right at home 60 miles north in Atlanta, has settled into the center of a small, quaint GA town. With exposed brick walls, a sleek bar in the center, this is a trendy, comfortable setting for a meal. What comes with the college town of Forsyth GA is a young, friendly, enthusiastic wait staff - definitely not the cool, detached attitude typical in a large city.
The menu is true to the name – there are lots of grits in the recipes, stone ground goodness integrated with unexpected things that will definitely not have you thinking about Huddle House. My favorite was the Grits martini appetizer – bacon flavored grits with shrimp in a martini glass. An intriguing idea; I savored every bite. The menu is full of intriguing ideas, a blend of down-home favorites and urban sophistication. Pork chop on a bed of grits topped with a small crab cake, served with asparagus, thoughtfully presented like everything else that comes to your table. Delicious.
From a photograph, you could be convinced that Grits is in Atlanta. Or Washington or Chicago. When you’re there, you feel a bit of youthful college town vibe. Two minutes from I-75, this is a foodie oasis, a welcome departure from the usual fast food/chain restaurants along the highway. It’s more expensive, too - expect to pay more than $100 for a dinner for two with appetizers and drinks. But if you enjoy discovering a new restaurant and a meal prepared by people who care about fine food, Grits is an unexpected pleasure, well worth the stop.
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