Plenty of dishes have secret ingredients that add something special, but some restaurants go further and serve secret selections that aren’t listed on their regular menus. These “hidden meals” are available only to those who know to ask for them.
Hot Shrimp and Grits from Bishop’s Southern Tradition
1. Spice up your life
Shrimp and grits are good; spicy hot fried shrimp with Dixie Lily grits and a creamy tomato gravy are great. The combo of local ingredients and old family recipes guarantees an authentic meal.
Bishop’s Southern Tradition • 3673 Airport Blvd. 344-2131.
2. Breakfast for dinner
Enjoy your favorite Gulf shrimp in a new way. Ask for a seafood omelet, and chefs will prepare a two-egg patty loaded with tomato, green onion, cheese and — of course — shrimp.
Wintzell’s Oyster House • 605 Dauphin St. 432-4605
3. A rockin’ good time
Order the Rockzilla for a double-sized version of their popular Heart Roll with shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, jalapeño and cream cheese. At only a buck more, it’s a steal! Or, ask for the Stacker and receive a spicy tuna and crabmeat tower fit for a king (or a rock star).
Rock n Roll Sushi • 273 S. McGregor Ave. 287-0445.
4. Out of your shell
Enjoy a little extra Southern comfort. Queen G’s offers a lesser-known but incredibly delicious classic shrimp Creole made in house. Gulf shrimp, a cream and tomato base and a heap of rice make for a scrumptious lunch. Bonus: The menu lists fried or broiled oysters, but you can get them charbroiled, too!
Queen G’s Cafe • 2518 Old Shell Rd. 471-3361.
5. Bringing home the bacon
If you love hibachi fried rice, you’ll flip for this. Sit at a booth or hibachi grill and ask for bacon to be added to your fried rice. A small sprinkling adds extra flavor and crispiness to the classic side.
Tokyo Steakhouse • 364 Azalea Rd. 343-6622.
Do you know of other tasty, off-the-menu eats? Comment below and tell us where to find them,