restaurant review:: husk (nashville)

When we started planning our mini vacay to Nashville a few months ago, we knew we wanted to eat at Husk. We’d tried last fall, but it was booked up, so we were really excited to get a reservation there last Friday night.  Charleston boasts the original restaurant by the same name, and I’m excited that there’s now another one in Craig’s hometown. Located in Rutledge Hill, just a few blocks from Downtown, the restaurant is in a historic brick building that served as the Mayor’s home once upon a time. From their website, “At Husk, there are some rules about what can go on the plate. “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door,” says Brock (chef). “

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Husk’s bar features just about every type of bourbon you can think of (they have a whole menu devoted to it), as well as a wide array of other fancy, interesting cocktails. I started off with the Athens’ Opal (Tito’s Vodka, Carpano Bianco, African Blue Basil-Cilantro Syrup, Fresh Grapefruit, Aged Balsamic Salt), which is pictured below. Craig got a bourbon cocktail (can’t remember the name), which he raved about. 
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I could have eaten 100 of those sesame seed rolls with butter.
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To start, we chose the Ember Roasted Sweet Corn and Heirloom Peppers, Salsa Verde, and Sheeps Milk Cheese. It was the perfect portion for two, and it had really nice grilled/spicy flavors.

For dinner, I chose the Wedge Oak Chicken (Grilled Okra, Curds and Whey, Pepper Preserves). Okra is not my thing, so I handed that off to Craig, but the chicken was incredibly juicy and flavorful. I’m not so sure about curds and whey, but it was fun to try something from a nursery rhyme. 😉

Craig got the Shrimp and Grits, and we shared the Hot Water Cornbread with Sliced Tomatoes and Raw Onion, which had a really interesting texture. It was super crispy on the outside, and almost a bit gooey inside. 
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Before arriving at Husk, we’d decided we would have either an appetizer OR a dessert. Well… you see how that played out. We got both. Below is the Buttermilk Pie with raspberries and a lemon sorbet. Our usual desserts involve lots of chocolate (or pecan pie or coconut), so we went with the server’s recommendation. 
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We had such a lovely dinner, and I’m glad we finally got to see what the fuss is all about. And the best part is that you can dine at Husk in either Nashville or Charleston! Their menu changes some each day, so there will always be an excuse to go back. 
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