It wouldn’t be right for there not to be she-crab soup at Lowcountry Bistro. Big sister, 82 Queen, is famous for having the best version in town, so it makes sense for their new restaurant to have it, too. Located at 49 S. Market, in the heart of the tourist district, Lowcountry Bistro is positioned to appeal to the mainstream visitor, the person who is eager to experience some “authentic” local food but isn’t too interested in venturing far from the hotel.

The restaurant opens today for lunch and dinner and is located in the former Garibaldi’s, a longtime favorite of visitors. I knew one New Jersey family who never failed to eat at Garibaldi’s at least once during their annual vacation. Lowcountry Bistro would do well to inspire that same sort of loyalty. To that end, they are keeping the menu simple and focused. There’s chicken and waffles, crab cakes, Frogmore Stew, and — of course — shrimp and grits. There’s also a fun appetizer list of pork and beans with succotash, bacon and crab hushpuppies, parmesan popcorn okra, and fried pork rinds. The price point ranges from $5-$10 for appetizers to $14-$16 for entrées. There’s also a selection of sandwiches ($9-$10), which includes pulled pork and a shrimp and fried green tomato po’ boy.

Owner Steve Kish has organized a media preview next week, so I’ll be checking it out and reporting back soon. If you get there before I do, let me know what you think. Will it be good enough to inspire locals to brave the market for a visit?

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