What follows is a review written by my friend Dixie Norris, whom I’ve literally known since we were babies. She’s lucky enough to live in Charleston with her husband Daryl, and I’m lucky enough to have a sweet friend to share the inside scoop on Charleston’s dining and nightlife scene.
By Dixie Norris
I’m sure everyone has heard something about Husk. Yes, it was named American’s best new restaurant by Bon Appetit, but was also on the list of Charleston’s most controversial restaurants. Why? Because some love it and some hate it. I’m mostly a lover.
What sets them apart is that they take the fresh concept to another level with their menu changing daily according to what they can get their hands on. Rumor is that their Chef (the infamous Sean Brock) calls fishing boats midafternoon to find out what he will serve for dinner. They also have a chalkboard in the front hall that lists exactly where their ingredients come from (Catfish, Rob Mayo, SC).
So they have proven only the best goes into their dishes but is the proof in the pudding? The meals I’ve eaten at Husk are scrumptious! It’s hard to recommend specific dishes since they might not be available for long, but the fish entrees are succulent, and a skillet of homemade cornbread never disappoints. The best sides I have eaten are the Geechie boy grits with SC oyster mushrooms and TN cheese, and the succotash (corn, smoked butter beans and tomatoes).
Their downfall is service. The first time I went I gave them some slack, however after four times I can say with confidence that the service is lacking. They bring appetizers out with no plates, water and wine glasses sit empty for long periods of time, and the servers are busy with side work instead of attending to their tables.
The building itself is a beautifully restored home with the carriage house serving as a detached bar. The bar is cool and has a huge bourbon list; you can almost catch a buzz from the smell of whiskey when you enter.
Try Husk, but you’ll be joining a crowd so make your reservations 3 months out.
Have you been to HusK? What were your thoughts?
76 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401