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OC's BEST Shrimp & Grits Restaurant Nearby

The Hangout has the best shrimp and grits restaurant near Long Beach. For those not in the know, it's a traditional southern breakfast dish. It grew in popularity after a New York Times article in 1985. Shrimp and grits is the preeminent morning meal in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

For shrimp and grits in Orange County, CA, try our dish of cheese grits, fresh cooked shrimp, crisp bacon, onions, red bell pepper topped with brown gravy. We stay true to tradition, however, we put our own signature on this recipe.

Grits are stirred slowly to avoid having them settle to the bottom of the pan.

Our New American food offers a vast selection of southern inspired dishes with restaurants near Long Beach, Fountain Valley, and Huntington Harbor.

What Reviewers Say

A group of six college friends and I went to the Hangout for Sunday Brunch. In short, this place is a high-quality gastro-pub masquerading as the friendliest beach bar in America. I highly recommend the shrimp and grits, the mac and cheese balls, and the thai chicken wings. The staff were adorable and attentive, and earned their big tips!"

—Lincoln L.,Yelp

Was looking for a breakfast place by the beach and found this gem. The bloody Mary's were awesome breakfast hamburger cooked to perfection cheesy grits were real southern style. Our waitress was very good didn't bug us every 5 min just let us eat our food and enjoy it but made sure we had what we needed. You get a great breeze from the ocean with the windows open.

—Sheila B.,Tripadvisor

Where to Get Shrimp and Grits Near You

For shrimps and grits in Seal Beach, our beachside restaurant has panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Seal Beach Pier. Parking is free for 2 hours on main Street or $3.00 for 2 hours.

Join us for breakfast! We open daily at 7:00 am each day.

The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
901 Ocean Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Phone: (562) 431-4888
Cuisine: New American
Price Range: $$11-30
General Hours: Mon-Sun 7:00am-12:00am
Full Bar: Yes

PARKING:

  • Free on Main Street for 2 hours

  • Pier Parking:
    A. $3.00 for 2 hours
    B. All day for $6

  • Free on 8th/Central Ave: 5pm-10pm, 6 min. walk

  • Free at Marina Community Park: 12 min. walk

 

For shrimp and grits in Huntington Beach, our Indoor-outdoor restaurant affords a great late morning meal. We open 11:30 am daily, 7 days a week.

We're popular destination for people spending the day at Bolsa Chica Wetlands or Huntington Beach. 

Located, one block north of warner ave, The Hangout Huntington Beach is 8 minutes to Bella Tera.

Relax with the latest craft beers, cocktails, or Napa wine. We're also dog friendly! Plenty of TVs throughout AND there's free parking. No validation or high prices.  

The History of Shrimp and Grits

 Grits in Charleston, NC

Grits in Charleston, NC

The origin of shrimp grits has a rich and color history. The southern dish up until the mid 1980s flew under the radar. That all changed when New York Times Columnist Craig Claiborne profiled Chef Bill Neal.

After eating at his North Carolina restaurant, Claiborne sat down to discuss his passion for southern cooking. From there the dish became popular around the early 1990s.

Shrimp and grits originated in South Carolina's low country. Low country is the coastal area including the islands such as Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach to name a few. Shrimp and grits began as the breakfast for coastal fisherman.

What are Grits?

Grits is the name given to ground corn of native American roots. A staple of the south. Grits became the official prepared food of Georgia in 2002.

Fast forward to present day. Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia hosts an annual shrimp and grits festival. 

*Courtesy of Wikipedia
Note: Originally published June 13, 2015, updated December 2017.

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Nicholas McDonough

Nicholas is a senior contributor to The Hangout Blog living in Southern California.Connect with Nicholas on Google+