[image-1] 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:

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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.

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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.”

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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-2]