Monday, April 12, 2010

Tasted: Sweet Grass


Atticus actually insisted on taking a walk to the Cooper-Young corner to eat out last Thursday night, the night Sweet Grass had its grand opening. We swung by to see the crowds, and I was happy to hear tables were all booked for the night. I immediately made a reservation for the next night and was so glad we did.

The offerings of Sweet Grass are described by the chef, Ryan Trimm, as low-country cuisine of the Carolinas which doesn't sound like an enticing description until you have a taste. Instantly low-country cuisine translates into dishes that concentrate on fresh ingredients, cooked well that just tastes darn good. Not to mention the dishes hint to the love of home cooking, as in their specialty dessert Deep Dish Sour Cream Apple Pie, a recipe from Chef Ryan's grandmother.

Of course, a dessert of sweet and sour apple flavor with a caramel pecan crust tasted as good as it sounds, but the Low Country Shrimp and Grits was the surprise favorite. I ordered it just because I was sharing with Atticus, and he loves grits. Unlike any other shrimp and grits dish I've had, the shrimp were accompanied by grilled sea scallops cooked perfectly, andouille sausage, and pieces of thick bacon. I couldn't believe how delicious and well-balanced the ingredients tasted. The bread basket also included a jalapeno cornbread that worked great for soaking up the juices of the shrimp and grits medley. It was an all-around great meal.

Photos
{1} Low Country Shrimp and Grits ~ leftovers I replated at home for better shots.
{2} Our Table at Sweet Grass ~ by Atticus. I had to get him occupied and with the romantic low-light setting, this was our best shot.
{3} Deep Dish Sour Cream Apple Pie ~ replated at home and enjoyed on the couch under a soft blanket while watching a movie: ultimate comfort.

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Sweet Grass
937 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104
ph +1.901.278.0278
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm. Lunch hours to come.


Photos by Sophorn + Atticus. Information resource Memphis Flyer.

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