What are grits and gumbo exactly?

Bonjour. :] So my it's my friend and her boyfriends anniversary, and I said I'd make them dinner. I love to cook, and her boyfriend is from Texas, and he wants gumbo and grits, can some body tell me waht these are??
Update: Sorry if this sounds dumb, I'm from MN, and no nothing about southern food.
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