I decided to go to Mr. B's based on reviews of this restaurant by two friends. It was easy walking distance to my hotel and had the same claim to the best BBQ Shrimp as the restaurant I had been to the night before. It was a Tuesday night and by the time I arrived at a little after 7, there was a 30 minute wait for a table. Luckily, they serve dinner at the bar, which is my favorite place to eat when I am traveling alone.
I was tempted to try the BBQ shrimp, but found myself debating between the Honey-Ginger Glazed Pork Chop and the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Grits. I asked the bartender which one he would recommend and based on the fact I had only tried Shrimp and Grits once before, he recommended that dish. I also ordered the Garlic Truffle Fries as a starter.
I had a wonderful Grey Goose Martini to sip on while I waited for my fries. I think that just seeing white truffle and fries together caused me to have a flash back of the most amazing fries I have ever had at a now closed restaurant in Houston. So I didn't notice in the description that the fries just had white truffle oil, not the shavings of white truffle I was dreaming of. Still, the roasted garlic and cheese with the truffle oil was a nice combination. Mine had rosemary as the herb rather than the thyme listed on the menu, and it was underneath the fries so I didn't discover it until I was halfway through the dish. Once I discovered the rosemary, the dish had a more interesting balance of flavors.
When the Shrimp and Grits arrived, I asked the bartender for a wine recommendation. He recommended a riesling, which I hesitated to order as I prefer a dry white wine. But he insisted it would be great with the dish and I am glad I took his recommendation. My first bite of the bacon wrapped shrimp seemed so rich, I wasn't sure I would be able to finish it. But then a bite of the grits, which were heavenly, and a sip of the wine, it was a wonderful dish. I have only had grits twice before. Both times they seemed OK, so I am not by any means an authority on grits. But I could eat those grits every single day.
As it turns out, the bartender who recommended the shrimp, ended up telling me the pork chop is his favorite thing on the menu. So I will have to go back to try that, but oh those grits....
The restaurant has a great atmosphere and seemed to have a good mix of locals as well as tourists, which is a good sign in a tourist town. All the waitstaff were friendly, helpful, and efficient. I can't wait to go back for the pork chop, but I am going to have to have it with a side of those grits.
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