by Erin Napier
Emily suggested that for tonight’s dinner we try a place in Hattiesburg they’ve been hearing about but none of us have ever been to. Listen, I had my doubts about this strip mall looking building behind a gas station outside of town.
But inside it was moody and dark, with huge framed photos of 1920s boxing in ornate gold frames, and I decided they had style and so maybe the radio ads weren’t lying. Maybe it is the best steak in town. I love shrimp and grits so I ordered that without any expectations.
And it was truly the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever tasted. I can’t stop thinking about them. I tasted Ben’s homemade sourdough muffin on his plate and couldn’t stop, which is great since I am trying to not eat bread. Everything was delicious. I can’t wait to go back and see if lighting strikes twice.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!