We had stayed the night in Ocean Springs and searched for a breakfast/brunch location. Almost everything was closed or had a massively long wait. We decided to drive into Biloxi to see what we could find. I spotted McElroy's on the shore and noticed people eating outside. We quickly looked up ratings (which were average) but with stomachs rumbling and trying to find a place to eat for the last 45 minutes, we said what the heck.
We were lucky that a table on the balcony had just opened up. It offered us a pleasant ocean breeze as well as a lovely view of a marina and small key. My two friends were craving breakfast but as it was just past 11am, they were informed breakfast was no longer being served. One friend was able to have an egg added to her sandwich effectively making it more brunch-like. It was nice that the restaurant was somewhat accommodating. I ordered the Shrimp & Grits. When it arrived, it was nothing like I envisioned nor like what I have had before. There was a creamy grit cake (which was in the menu description) that was undeniably yummy. It was smothered by an equally tasteful sauce but it was a tad broken. Both of these were great. What shocked me and, frankly disgusted me a little, was that it was inundated with tiny canned salad shrimp! What the?!?! You're a seafood restaurant sitting right on the Gulf known for it's shrimp and you're serving me canned salad shrimp? I was awfully tempted to say something or return it but I was so hungry and the other two components were perfectly good so I didn't. Instead I pushed most of the shrimp to the side into one huge, wasteful heap. I will say I felt completely ripped off price-wise, too. I pay the same amount for shrimp & grits in Kansas City and actually get beautiful, large, fresh shrimp with my entree. Ridiculous.
Other notes: Service was excellent as far as frequent visits to our table, timely refills, fulfilling requests, etc. but she wasn't the friendliest. We felt like we were on island time as we waited awhile for our food to arrive. My friends were content with their meals but certainly agreed it wasn't anything to write home about. If I'm in the area again, I won't be returning unless it's for the grits alone, and maybe the view.
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