Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hot menu alert: get your blue crab fix at Nico Oysters, fresh eats at Basic Kitchen

Fall into your plates

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 11:50 AM

click to enlarge Nico's Blue Crab Special includes 10 crabs for $26, served with drawn garlic butter, aioli, and a side of french fries. - ANDREW CEBULKA
  • Andrew Cebulka
  • Nico's Blue Crab Special includes 10 crabs for $26, served with drawn garlic butter, aioli, and a side of french fries.
We may not get the leaves changing color here in the Lowcountry, but we do have restaurant's changing their (menu) stripes, ever so slightly, with some autumnal adjustments.

Over on Shem Creek, Nico Oysters + Seafood is serving up daily specials Mon.-Thurs., from blue crabs to baked oysters. On the peninsula, Basic Kitchen is shaking things up with new chef, Nick Wilber, at the helm, while still keeping things fresh AF (think snapper crudo and wild rice). Get all the tasty deets below:


There's nothing like a freshly steamed blue crab. Crack that sucker open — and make sure there's some melted butter within arm's reach (depending where you're from, of course, we know butter on crab is, to some, a sin) — and you've got yourself one messy and delicious party. While most of our from-the-sea fetes take place on newspaper-draped picnic tables, sometimes we wish we could enjoy the fruits de mer in the comfort of a chic restaurant. The Blue Crab Special ($26) includes 10 blue crabs, drawn garlic butter, aioli, and a side of french fries every Tuesday.

NICO's new fall menu features new menu items like duck breast a l'orange with tomato provencal and orange butter; shrimp and escargot served with a baguette; and gnocchi Parisien with shrimp, calamari, broccolini, and merguez.

Location Details NICO
201 Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant
Charleston, SC
(843) 352-7969
Dinner (Daily), Lunch (Fri.-Sun.)Sun. brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
French and Seafood
click to enlarge Roasted Wreckfish at BK - STEVE FREIHON
  • Steve Freihon
  • Roasted Wreckfish at BK
Basic Kitchen

Over at Basic Kitchen, new executive chef Nick Wilber launches the restaurant's new fall dinner and cocktail menus starting next week, Oct. 15. According to a press release, Wilber's menu "stays true to Basic Kitchen's mantra of serving seasonal, local ingredients that are nourishing and energizing while introducing some more substantial and satisfying dishes to the mix."
New menu items include roasted Wreckfish with three pea salad, arugula, and green beans; mushroom rillette with grits sourdough, grainy mustard, and pickled cornichons; a 'farmer's bowl' with potatoes, string beans, local cherry tomatoes, kale and hemp seed pesto, and wild rice.

Basic Kitchen's new cocktail menu features fresh choices like Stalk or Heart, made with vodka, St. Germain, celery juice, and lime and saline and the Lean Mean Green, with tequila, a parsley cilantro verdita, lemon, and chili salt. 
Location Details Basic Kitchen
Basic Kitchen
82 Wentworth St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 789-4568
L, D, (Mon.-Sat.) Sun. brunch

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