Kiss My Grits
I almost don’t want to write about how good the shrimp and grits are at Kiss My Grits in East Austin. I just want to sit and bask in the fading glory that lingers on my taste buds.
I wasn’t even planning to go to this trailer on the far East Side on Tillery street because I didn’t know it existed. But it was two doors down from the studio of an artist I was interviewing. Kiss My Grits has only been in place about two weeks. They also happen to be parked outside of Tillery Street Plant Company, which makes for a lovely green and floral setting for the southern food trailer.
The menu at Kiss My Grits is heavy on the grits, as you would expect, with shrimp and grits, grillades and grits, vegetables and grits, balls of grits with ground pork and breakfast grits. But they also have a couple other tempting options, including a watermelon braised pork sandwich and house-made cognac truffles for dessert.
Unable to resist, I ordered the small portion of shrimp and grits – with three shrimp for $5 instead of six shrimp for $10 – and the cognac chocolate truffles.
Grits on their own can be bland and, well, gritty, but these were yellow and buttery, and while the flavor was very mild, it needed to be to work with the rest of the dish. Sprinkled on top of the grits were chunks of bacon, slices of wild mushroom and a small amount of white wine cream sauce that had picked up the mushroom flavor. The sauce didn’t drench the grits, fortunately. It only added another layer of savory creaminess to contrast with the smoky bacon. The shrimp on top were large and cooked perfectly, with plenty of pepper so that the grilled flavor popped when you bit into the moist shrimp meat.
When I bit into one of the three chocolate truffles for dessert, I immediately had to go ask to reassure myself that these truffles were made in-house. Compared to the sinful, southern decadence of the shrimp and grits, the sinful, refined decadence of the truffles was surprisingly well executed. The Belgian chocolate truffles were rich enough to taste almost like pure ganache, with the cognac flavor and possibly a bit of cinnamon adding to the layers. The chocolate powder on the outside left little marks on my shirt thanks to the windy day, but I couldn’t have cared less because my mouth was so happy.