Yesterday we stopped by Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC for a late lunch. The food was fabulous – Southern comfort food with a captial “C.” What really got our attention though was the starter/appetizer we ordered, Okra & Shrimp Beignets with Salsa & Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream.

Savory deep fried nuggets of goodness.

Shrimp and okra have always complimented one another in gumbos and stews, and this was no exception. And the creamy, zesty sauce topped it off with perfection. No joke. We actually placed a second order for more – they were that yum.

Look the last lone beignet.

Don’t worry, it wasn’t alone for long.

These beignets have me rethinking my garden plan of cutting back on the amount of okra planted. Funny how the summer heat seems to drain my brain and creativity when faced with an overabundance of certain produce. I can’t wait now for that first batch of okra.

Now if I can only figure out how to grow shrimp.

Do you have a favorite starter or appetizer from a restaurant? Please share what and where.