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The Harlow Provides a Family-Friendly Spot for Burgers and Martinis on James Island

Plus all the other Lowcountry restaurant and bar openings this fall

A martini with a pickle and olive garnish.
The Dill Creek martini at the Harlow.
The Harlow
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Having a tough time keeping up with all the new dining options? Welcome to the Opening Report, a regularly updated round-up of restaurant openings big and small across the Lowcountry. For all the restaurants in the summer of 2023, check out this list.

November 17, 2023

JAMES ISLAND James Island residents Katie and Josh Drewry wanted a place to bring their family for cheeseburgers, but also grab a sophisticated cocktail and a dozen oysters, so they created the Harlow. Named after their youngest daughter, the Harlow also offers a “Charleston Hot” chicken sandwich, iceberg wedge salad, fried shrimp platters, short ribs, and more. 1015 Harbor View Road; website.

ANSONBOROUGH — Chef Jason Stanhope (of FIG fame) has revamped oyster bar the Quinte and opened Lowland Tavern. The Quinte is now more casual with “crushable” beers and choose-your-own-adventure seafood platters. Lowland Tavern offers a cozy and sophisticated spot to tuck into food inspiration from taverns, pubs, and izakayas. 36 George Street; website.

HARLESTON VILLAGE — The Easton Porter Group has created another stunning space with the opening of coastal Italian restaurant Costa. Chef Vinson Petrillo of the Restuarant at Zero George draws from his own Italian heritage to put out dishes like eggplant parmigiana, pork Milanese, porchetta-style chicken, and whole snapper with salsa verde. 320 Broad Street; website.

WEST ASHLEY — Avondale restaurant Bearcat serves modern American fare and wood-fired bar snacks. Chef/restaurateur George Kovach likes to say that the establishment is “fine dining without the tablecloth.” 25 Magnolia Road; OpenTable.

Red lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
The roof over the bar at King BBQ.
Mike Ledford

October 16, 2023

NORTH CHARLESTON — Counter Cheesemongers owners Nora Granger and Eric Casella have popped up all over the Lowcountry with their high-end cheeses and sandwiches, but now fans can find them on Rivers Avenue instead of tracking them down at farmers' markets. The shop opens on Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a stacked fromage case, wines, chocolates, benne seed crackers, fancy sandwiches, and more. 3973 Rivers Avenue; website.

NORTH CHARLESTON — Jackrabbit Filly owners Shuai and Corrie Wang and chef de cuisine Brandon Olson opened King BBQ to bring Chinese barbecue with a Southern twist to the Lowcountry. Go early to grab ginger scallion kielbasa, five-spice duck, soy-braised collards, and more. 2029 Carver Avenue; website.

MOUNT PLEASANT — If you don’t want to make your own charcuterie board, now the experts at Graze Craze can create one for you. There are options for game-day boards, keto boards, and vegetarian boards. 3373 South Morgans Point Road; website.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Sausage experts Farm Haus Butcher & Beer Garden expanded from Indian Land, South Carolina, to Mount Pleasant. The restaurant specializes in bangers and wursts, but it also offers burgers, wings, BLT sliders, and other beer-friendly fare. 604 Coleman Boulevard; website.