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Shrimp and Grits at Zuffy's Place, a Cajun twist

After listening to a satisfied lunch goer of Zuffy's Place, off corporate blvd. off the I-85 southbound access road, I decided I'd have to give a try.

I ordered the Shrimp and Grits for dinner that same day. I've had my fair share of the dish in its original form and numerous deviations, but Zuffy's gives it just a little bit of a Cajun twist. The dish comes with stone ground grits and shrimp covered in a madiera wine sauce. A southerner often will expect to find the richness of cheese incorporated into the dish, but Zuffy's wine sauce version lends the dish a bit of unexpected acidity. While the flavors are bright, there is still a traditional richness to the dish. The madeira wine sauce is the dishes main feature, bright and acidic in flavor, yet a bit too runny. The wine sauce poured over the top, quickly made the dish soupy and thin. The chunks of celery and onion in the sauce took away from the texture of the grits. Overall, it was a plate that deserved recognition for its elements, but one that could still use some work. Arguments aside, I finished it and enjoyed it. I'm sure I'll be back at Zuffy's to explore some more of their Cajun cuisine, including Jambalaya and more.

Zuffy's also features live music Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, along with drink specials and big screens for the whatever game your heart seeks.