We've harped on how the whole Southern fried brunch deal seems to be killing us wing by wing these days, in some ostensible Confederate revenge exacted on Yankee cholesterol levels. That being said, the criminally rich, cheesy shrimp and grits deal at chicken-and-waffle joint Sweet Chick is worth the pantsize upgrade. Points to you, Rebels.

Executive Chef Randy Reppel whips up this decadent dish with a delectably runny poached egg, smoked paprika and bellpepper sauce and scallions. The real triumph here, though, are the lascivious cheddar grits—according to Reppel, their luxuriance is jacked up to 11 thanks to the addition of lots and lots of cream, plus a healthy (ha!) dose of cheddar. Mash that together with half-a-dozen hearty shrimp, and you've got yourself a brunch meal that'll keep you from keeling over after, oh, six or seven bacon-filled Bloody Mary's. Your heart is but an organ, after all.

The $14 dish is offered during brunch at the chainlet's Williamsburg restaurant as well as at its LES outpost. Note that a meal at the latter—the former home of Max Fish—will likely include a visit from the ghost of your 19-year-old self. That mean bouncer won't let her in, and she would like you to lend her your driver's license.

Sweet Chick has two locations in NYC: 164 Bedford Avenue at North 8th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-725-4793, sweetchicknyc.com) and at 178 Ludlow Street between East Houston and Stanton Streets on the Lower East Side (646-657-0233, sweetchicknyc.com).