Move over, crab cakes. There's a new favorite in town: shrimp and grits.
It might seem like blasphemy in a city hard-wired to love the blue crustacean. But the classic Southern dish is on menus everywhere these days.
Will Sterling, the owner of Saturday Morning Cafe near the Inner Harbor and who recently took over Bluegrass Tavern in South Baltimore, showed off his shrimp and grits on a recent morning.
"Did I put all the love of Alabama in that shrimp and grits?" he asked a visitor.
The object of his affection — a cast-iron skillet with a nest of grits, shrimp, andouille sausage, crayfish and gumbo gravy — is worth the adoration.