Lunch at Husk Restaurant
If you’re looking for a nice restaurant in Charleston, I think you will be pleasantly spoiled at HUSK RESTAURANT. Voted the best restaurant in the country this year, it will be an experience. You see people dressed up, dressed down and everything in between. It’s a high class place. It’s not cheap, but it’s a nice treat! We’ve been there for lunch and also for brunch… if they ever have the cinnamon rolls when you visit… I highly suggest them… they’re tiny and delectable!
Check out their menu… it changes daily. Husk posts their daily menu on their Facebook page… check it out! Ingredients are the absolute best and all from the south, as Sean Brock says: “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door”! He means it!
Chef Brock takes pride in this restaurant and it’s evident. The management and staff are top notch, which is essential, especially if you’re voted the “best restaurant in the country”! Here’s a blip about the cuisine at Husk, from their website:
Brock brings this evolving vision of a new Southern cuisine from his successful kitchen at McCrady’s. As one of Charleston’s most decorated culinarians, he was nominated in 2008 and 2009 for the James Beard “Rising Star Chef” award and in 2009 and 2010 for the James Beard “Best Chef Southeast” category, winning the award in 2010. Most recently, he was nominated for the James Beard “Outstanding Chef” award for 2012. He was the winner of the “Next Great Chef” episode of the “Food Network Challenge” and appeared on “Iron Chef America” in December 2010, taking on Michael Symon in “Battle Pork Fat.”
Grimes grew up in the Lowcountry and knows Charleston well. He worked his way up through local restaurants before attending Johnson and Wales University. When Brock took the helm at McCrady’s he stayed on to help transform the kitchen into the most innovative in the city and now takes on the day-to-day operations at Husk. His philosophy on food closely mirrors that of his mentor, Brock, focusing on preservation techniques and the recovery of lost flavors, especially heirloom varieties of pork. Both men bring a love for the area and its history to creating the restaurant’s concept.
Diners at Husk view an open, collaborative kitchen, where chefs freely interact with their guests, and personally deliver food to tables, but the work begins well before a pan begins to heat. Brock and Grimes exhaustively research Southern food—its history and provenance—and in the process reconstitute flavors and ingredients lost to time. They grow much of their own produce on the restaurant’s garden, and concentrate on heirloom grains and vegetables that once flourished in the region, but were lost to 20th-century industrial agriculture. Then they take what is fresh and available today, or even this hour, and transform it into an evolving menu. Seasonal bounty comes in waves, however, and what they can’t use immediately is preserved, pickled, smoked, and saved.
The menu flourishes with Lowcountry ingredients, like Local Benne Seed, or Sesame, which flavors a Benne and Honey Lacquered Duck with Pickled Blueberries and Chanterelles and Crispy Pork Collar gets paired with Cornbread Purée and Greasy Beans. Other innovative examples include Sassafras Glazed Pork Ribs with Pickled Peaches and Rev Taylor Butter Beans; House Cured Country Ham Tasting with Acorn Griddle Cakes; and Rabbit-Pimento Loaf with Husk Mustard, Pickles and Rice Bread.
Catch you back here tomorrow!