Grits are a specialty of the South, and along the coastal regions of South Carolina, gulf shrimp remains its most beloved companion. People from the South often get the following question from people in other parts of the country: What exactly is a grit? Grits are made from stone ground corn, and have been a part of North American cuisine for a long time. Recipes date back to 16th century Native Americans. The addition of shrimp to the creamy grits comes from the low country of South Carolina, when fishermen would eat shrimp with their breakfast during fishing season. The grits are especially creamy, and the shrimp are typically prepared in butter or bacon grease. What was once a staple of the working class is now served in five-star restaurants.