By JEREMY TIMMERMAN
I wanted to start this blog because, quite simply, I like to eat.
While my wife will frequently order meals based on what our sons would like to share with her, I can neither confirm nor deny that I have bought food specifically because I know no one else will try to eat it.
Beyond that, I like to think of myself as just a regular person. I'm not spending $20 on lunch, but at the same time, I'm not trying to eat fast food every day. In fact, I usually operate with a $40 budget every week for five days' worth of lunch, so a vast majority of my lunches are $10 or less. But since I work in downtown Macon, I try to eat at locally-owned establishments as much as possible.
With that, I'd like to start with one of my favorite lunch meals -- the Nola Shrimp & Grits at Parish on Cherry St. Quite honestly, any variation of shrimp and grits is likely to catch my eye as it is a favorite dish of mine, but the version at Parish is pretty special.
The official description on the menu goes like this:
"Shrimp and smoked andouille sausage sauteed with diced tomatoes and green onions in our signature beer broth served over our Stone Ground Cream Cheese Grits."
If I had one complaint, it would be that there aren't quite enough shrimp in this dish, but for only $8.25 for a generous lunch portion, it would hardly be a loud complaint. Beyond that, there is so much else going on in this dish that it's hard to be upset at all.
Now on to the good stuff. I'm not exactly sure what a beer broth is, but I know that the stuff is delicious, at least at Parish. Combined with the sausage, it provides just enough spice to be warming but not too much. It’s never a good idea to eat something too spicy and then head back to work.
I don't think I have to explain that any further.
The blend of textures and tastes is simply enjoyable, even the tomatoes, which I am not particularly fond of in general.
My goal isn't to give these dishes a rating based on a score or number of stars, but I will say this: I will absolutely be eating this dish again. In fact, there are several other items on the Parish menu that I'd like to try, but I'm going to have to work hard to keep myself from just ordering the Nola Shrimp & Grits.
Restaurant: Parish on Cherry St.
Address: 580 Cherry St., Macon
Dish: Nola Shrimp & Grits
Verdict: Would definitely eat again