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Lowcountry South Loop Opens With Seafood Boils and Japanese Whisky Highballs

Tour the space and read the menu

Lowcountry’s classic crab boil with corn.
Barry Brecheisen
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After a successful three years in Wrigleyville, the owners of Lowcountry hope to duplicate the formula in the South Loop at their second restaurant. Lowcountry, known for its Cajun seafood boils, started serving patrons over the weekend at 1132 S. Wabash Avenue. Besides spicy crab legs, shrimp, and lobster tails, this Lowcountry features surprises including drinks from a Japanese highball machine, deep-fried Oreos, and plenty of liquor on tap.

The East Coast seafood boil has long been a New England tradition. Elsewhere in the country, notably in California, restaurateurs have added a dash of Asian culinary influence and the trend has caught on in Chicago. Owners Pan and Dana Hompluem designed Lowcountry South Loop to feel like a backyard seafood boil. They’ve added picnic tables, nautical trinkets, and plenty of plants. The former Belly Up space has room for 120 seats, and they’ll have a patio. The space also has a garage door window that will roll up during the spring and summer.

Check out the menu and photos below.

Lowcountry, 1132 S. Wabash Avenue, hours not posted yet.

Lowcountry South Loop’s menu
Lowcountry South Loop’s drink menu.
The turf and trees are meant to give diners a backyard feeling.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago
The garage door will roll up for the summer.
Lowcountry wants to give customers a neighborhood feeling.
Plenty of planters continue the backyard theme.
There’s directions in case this is a customer’s first time at a seafood boil restaurant.
They’ve optimized the space with stools and a ledge.
The red and white checkered tables give off a picnic feel.
There’s a few New England-style trinkets on the wall.
More nautical-themed decorations.
Boating trinkets make the seafood tasted fresher.
Liquor barrel lids make customers think about drinks.
The bar area is separate from the dining room.
Another shot of picnic tables.
Note that the bar has liquor on tap.
This Japanese highball machines are becoming more common place around Chicago.
Lowcountry Boil
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago
Fried chicken
Deep-fried Oreos
Jalaepeño cornbread, chips on a strick and Frydog
Lowcountry Lemonade (Fords Gin, lime, house-made basil syrup)
The Good Life (Old Forester Bourbon, pomegranate, wild raspberry hibiscus tea, lime)
Carlos (El Chihuahua tequila, elderflower, limoncello, Malört, elmon)
Lowcountry Rum Punch (house-infused pineapple Cruzan light rum, grenadine, orange, mango, dark rum float)


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