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American Food

by JANE AND MICHAEL STERN

SOUTH CAROLINA: Creamy grits
Most grits are—let us be kind—pale and forgettable. Except in the Low Country around Charleston, where they are soul-stirringly good. Slow-cooked so they absorb the most amount of butter, creamy grits here are akin to a savory pudding and are more luxurious in the mouth than whipped potatoes. The finest place to savor them is the Old Post Office on Edisto, a 54-square-mile island 45 miles southwest of Charleston. The isle is so untouched by modern life that it lacks a single stoplight, never mind a fast-food restaurant. Grits come with every meal, but our favorite is as an accompaniment to spicy grilled shrimp and frothy mousseline, a hollandaise sauce with whipped egg whites. Heck, who needs stoplights, anyway?

Old Post Office
Highway 174 at Store Creek
Edisto Island, South Carolina
Tel: 843 869 2339

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