Food + Wine

Summer Seafood

by Jane and Michael Stern

FLORIDA: Shrimp & Grits

There are grits and then there are delicious grits. Ordinary ones are watery and bland. At Louie's Backyard on Key West, the grits are creamy and rich with a fine-grain texture and flavor that is all about earth and sunshine and summer's most delicious corn. Combine it with sweet jumbo Gulf shrimp, butter-fried with mushrooms and diced slab bacon, and you have a meal that is unspeakably opulent. And it's all the better for its location on Louie's terraced patio at the edge of the cobalt-blue Atlantic on a warm summer night. Although the dish isn't always on the ever-changing menu, you can count on Chef Doug Shook to make the most of locally caught stone crabs, spiny lobster, yellowtail snapper, wahoo, and cobia.

Louie's Backyard
700 Waddell Avenue
Key West, Florida
Tel: 305 294 1061
Lunch and dinner daily

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