Married 24 years, Shironna & Jeffery Fuller opened Fish-N-Grits in November. While it’s around the corner from the Sunrise Cinema, it’s hard to find unless you’re looking for it. A reader who’s a fan of Fish-N-Grits wrote us about the place in the hopes “more people will try it.” It’s easy to root for this family business. Jeffery, who has health issues related to a kidney transplant, supervises the small kitchen, and Shironna helps her brother, Corey Rozier, with the cooking. Their son Jeffery Jr. and her nephew Justin Bass work the front.
The menu is extensive, with barbecue, burgers, pasta, New Orleans-style fare like po-boys and crawfish boil, plus specialties like their signature fish and grits. Everything is cooked to order, so the pace can be slow, but we never felt neglected, especially with constant refills of homemade lemonade and sweet tea (they don’t have a beer and wine license).
Ambience: From the outside, Fish-N-Grits looks like a basic storefront restaurant. But step inside, and the room is warm and cheerful, filled with homey aromas. Sit down to a glass of sweet tea and heaping plates of red beans and smoked sausage or Southern-fried frog legs, and you’ll soon feel like you’re dining in the kitchen of a dear friend. On one late-night visit, when we were the last customers, my Southern husband and co-owner Shironna Fuller got into a discussion about savory vs. sweet cornbread, and she smiled proudly as we oohed and ahhed over her sweet potato soufflé (her mom’s recipe).