Popcorn Shrimp and Grits

After the World of Color show, we walked over to First and Hope for dinner. I had heard about this place opening earlier this year, but had no expectations otherwise. And I was blown away. The decor is elegant and classic, but sleek and modern enough to excite and attract pretty young things. In other words: dress up, bitches! Because the waitresses look FLY here, and you don’t want to look busted next to the help.

On to the food. Oh, the food. It’s Southern comfort. It’s amazing. It’s fried chicken and grits and shrimp done well and done right and done to the nines. But not pretentious. Not at all, not this place. In the words of Coco Chanel, as seen on the restaurant’s website: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury”. Preach.

Teeny tiny amuse bouche

Mac and cheese, yes please

How hot does this waitress look?

Nenaw's Picnic Basket of fried chicken