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A Restaurant’s Take

Shrimp and grits

A Southern specialty at Sam’s on the South Boston Waterfront.

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At Sam’s at Louis on the South Boston Waterfront, fennel salad provides a crisp counterpoint to shrimp and grits, the shrimp sauteed in whiskey, the grits spicy with jalapeno. Chef Asia Mei’s menu is full of classic dishes with clever twists, prepared relatively healthfully, with an emphasis on produce from places such as Blue Heron Organic Farm in Lincoln and Eva’s Garden in Dartmouth.

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SAM’S 60 Northern Avenue, South Boston, 617-295-0191,

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