EAT OUT: Grits & Groceries
There is no place in the Upstate that shines this time of year like Grits & Groceries. You may need to fire up the navigation system to make it to Saylors Crossroads, an intersection between Belton and Due West, but you’ll know it by the 10-foot high chicken in the yard.
Married chefs Heidi and Joe Trull honed their culinary acumen in New Orleans. They returned to South Carolina a decade ago to open Grits & Groceries and, boy, are we lucky for it.
I think brunch is the perfect opportunity to take a foodie fieldtrip with the family. Grits & Groceries is about a 45-minute drive from Greenville, and a bit more than an hour from Spartanburg. You can take Interstate 85 part of the way or amble through the countryside on back roads.
Heidi is a wizard of an executive chef. She invented praline bacon (yep, look it up on NPR) and just taste her ham and cheese croquettes, tomato pie, shrimp and grits or the French toast.
In February, however, it is hard not to fawn about the sweets. Joe makes a pie crust that can shame most grandmothers. The secret, according to Joe, is buttermilk, but like most things at Grits & Groceries it is fresh buttermilk made from a cow with a name down the lane. Nearly all of their ingredients are fresh, hyper-local and in season.
Because it is time for Mardi Gras, Grits & Groceries will have king cake this month as well as beignets with café au lait ice cream. Joe offers five desserts and three to four ice cream flavors every day. He’s also making sweet potato bread pudding with warm praline sauce, pecan pie, as well as what Heidi calls “something lemon.”
Their 10-year old son, Tom, favors chocolate cookies. He even likes to help bake them, which gives me hope that Grits & Groceries will have a Trull in the kitchen for generations to come.
The bottom line
A goat farm is directly across the road from the restaurant and Grits & Groceries sells a cup of pellet feed for a $1 on the porch. If you need to wait for a table for brunch, it’s a delightful way to pass the time.
You can go
Grits & Groceries
2440 Due West Highway, Belton
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesdays – Thursdays; brunch: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; Thursday dinner: 5 – 9 p.m.
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Stephanie Burnette is a food writer and mom to two kids. Connect at facebook.com/StephBurnette.