This week, Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. opened to the public in the space once occupied by the short-lived Ralic’s on South–and considering that Ralic’s on South was a seafood restaurant opened by David Ralic and the new Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. is also a seafood restaurant opened by David Ralic, we’re guessing the changeover wasn’t all that tumultuous.
One other thing that probably helped? Getting itinerant chef-about-town Mike Stollenwerk to run the kitchen. Ex of his own mini seafood empire (Fish, Little Fish, Fathom) and most recently Branzino, Stollenwerk is a guy who knows a thing or two about cooking seafood. His explanation of what’s happening at the new joint?
“The idea is to think of your favorite crab shack or shore experience — and then amp it. We’re going for casual. Comfortable. We want our guests to come in with a group of friends, enjoy great seafood, maybe paired with a great beer or cocktail, and sit around and enjoy themselves.”
This all translates to updates on classic dishes like tea sandwiches and fried oysters, a variety of soups and salads designed to take advantage of seasonal ingredients, a raw bar, lobster rolls, fresh crabs, fried oyster tacos and a variety of New England-style "Boils" available for the table.
Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. is open now. You can check out the full menu below.
Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. [Foobooz]