100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Shrimp and Grits at Screen Door

As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.

No. 77 Shrimp and Grits at Screen Door

Located in the One Arts Plaza in the downtown Arts District, Screen Door sits nestled among some very affable company-- heavy hitters such as Tei An and Dali Wine Bar to name a few. But the restaurant holds its own on the southern hospitality scale, and among the southern cooking that drives its cuisine is our favorite dish: Shrimp and Grits.

We have it on good authority that the owners of Screen Door sought out a unique purveyor for the grits and had them milled by artisans, making their mouth-feel extra comforting with mammoth bursts of flavor. The surrounding shrimp are meaty with a slight and giving sea flavor that is sweet and smoky. A spicy Creole sauce perks the palate in a small way that lends freshness to the aftertaste. The dish will have you wishing Dallas was more firmly rooted in its southern than its southwestern culture.

Check out our previous favorite dishes by clicking on these links:

No. 100: Oatmeal Pancakes at Legal Grounds

No. 99: Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House

No. 98: Mashed Tater Parfait at Cowboy Chow

No. 97: Chicken and Waffles at Victor Tango's

No. 96: Colorado Lamb Osso Bucco at Hibiscus

No. 95: Flatbread Pizza at Dish

No. 94: First Chinese Barbecue in Richardson

No. 93: Elotes at Fuel City

No. 92: Summer Platter For Two at Big Shucks

No. 91: Chicken Gizzards at Sushi Yama

No. 90: Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt's Rancho Martinez

No. 89: The Angry Dog at Angry Dog

No. 88: Sliders at Dish

No. 87. Spaghetti Bolognese at Urbano Café 

No. 86 Vietnamese Pork Panini at Lumi Empanada & Dumpling Kitchen

No. 85 Cheese Fries at Snuffers 

No. 84 Tres Vasos at Samar

No. 83 Quatro Leches at La Duni

No 82. Pad Pak at Bangkok City 

No. 81 Brisket Sandwich at Maple and Motor

No 80 Lunch Express at Dream Cafe

No 79 Apple Crisp at Salum

No 78 La Vaca Loca at Good 2 Go

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Steven Doyle