5 of the Best Shrimp and Grits in the Ozarks

The rich flavor and texture combo of shrimp and grits is a popular favorite. Here are five of the best examples in the Ozarks, from traditional takes to ones that add some fresh flair.

By Jamie Thomas

Jul 2020

The Hepcat's Shrimp and Grits
By Brandon AlmsThe shrimp and grits at The Hepcat comes ladled with a slightly acidic tomato and bacon gravy, for a burst of bright flavor. Purchase Photo

The Finley

206 E. Elm St., Ozark
Scallops and seasonal vegetables accompany juicy, cajun-spiced, sauteed jumbo shrimp and South Carolina-style corn grits in The Finley’s take on a hearty seafood dish available as part of the evening dinner menu. Stop off at this lavish Ozark eatery during the summer season and enjoy this dish outdoors on the new patio.

Big Easy Grill

3641 E. Sunshine St., Springfield
Get your cajun cooking fix with shrimp and grits topped with a ham gravy at Big Easy Grill. If grits aren’t your thing but you’re craving shrimp, you can grab shrimp salad, or switch your seafood pick to a catfish po’ boy. Big Easy Grill has a mouthwatering selection of non-seafood Cajun dishes crammed into its menu.

Farmers Gastropub

2620 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
It’s easy to assume from the name and the nationality of the owner that Farmers Gastropub specializes exclusively in British food, but Farmers Gastropub offers plenty of options from both sides of the pond. One of its best is the shrimp and grits, made with creamy grits, Gulf shrimp and andouille sausage. Pair it with one of the many craft beers on tap—maybe a robust local IPA such as Springfield Brewing Company’s Greene Ghost—for a full-flavored experience.

The Hepcat

220 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield
The Hepcat isn’t just for jazz aficionados looking for laid back grooves. You’ll also find a varied menu with an eclectic mix of dishes (not to mention cocktails) including smoked fried chicken, Jake’s Vegan Burger and, of course, shrimp and grits, with wild-caught shrimp and white cheddar grits, topped with tomato and bacon gravy.

The Order

305 E. Walnut St., Springfield
Downtown hotspot The Order, located inside Hotel Vandivort, is known for modern, gourmet cuisine and its unique atmosphere. The Order’s shrimp is served with rich Cajun gouda grits, topped with a lemon-bacon sauce for a little zesty freshness. Fish a cocktail or mocktail from the bar and while away the afternoon in the art-deco downtown venue with a belly full of comfort food.