I went to Husk last night with 3 other people, and we were all blown away by the food and service. Despite visiting the restaurant on its 3rd day of business, things couldn't have been running smoother. The service was so good and spot on, if you didn't know Husk had only been open for 3 days you would have been very surprised.
The chef changes the menu just about everyday, as the server told us if it's not from the South it's not on the menu. The wine list is varied, but not overwhelmingly big, and they also have a good selection of bourbon.
I really have to start off the food descriptions by saying if you don't like pork and pork products then you should find somewhere else to eat, seriously we had pork with every course, but I'm not complaining. We started with a ham medley, 4 different kinds of ham; bacon, lardo, country and soppressata, served with house made pickled vegetables and beer mustard with toasted baguette slices. I think the country ham from VA was my favorite, the house made beer mustard had a nice kick and the pickled veggies almost stole the show. The bread came next, they were a slightly sweet roll, light and had a healthy dose of course salt on top. The rolls were served with pork butter, what I think is butter mixed with bacon grease, it was salty and smokey and a good compliment to the rolls.
For the main course I had grouper with local shrimp on top of lima and rattlesnake beans with a nice broth, then topped with lardo. The grouper was cooked perfectly, as were the beans, the broth was light and my dish was seasoned perfectly. My husband had the duck, which came with a granola sprinkled over the cut breast, he was served pumpkin and cabbage on the side. From the taste I had the duck was wonderful, and according to him it is the best duck he's had in town, he will order duck if it's on the menu. My Mother had pork served with broccoli and another side, again the pork was cooked perfectly, and it was delicious. The portion was more than generous, and she has plenty for lunch today. Lastly my Dad had the country fried leg of lamb with gravy over vegetables and mashed potatoes. The lamb dish was served in a Le Crueset pot, and it was outstanding. Despite the menu calling the lamb "Country Fried" it was really roasted, and the "gravy" was not heavy like one might expect from the menu description.
For dessert, my Mother and I split the upside down warm apple cider cake topped with bourbon ice cream. The cake was light and full of flavor, and the bourbon ice cream was the one thing that sent the dish over the top, but in a good way. The apples were firm, but cooked, and the nuts gave the cake a nice bite or crunch. It also had a nice cider sauce on the side, if given the opportunity I would definitely order this cake again. Both my husband and my Father had the benne beignets with a warm smoked lard caramel sauce. The beignets were fine, but not spectacular, however, the real star was the smoked lard caramel sauce. It was so good we kept it on the table long after the beignets were gone. The smokiness and saltiness of the pork mixed with the sweet caramel was almost too good to be true, and it made me wonder why someone didn't think of it sooner. This is something that may just be served at my house on Thanksgiving, I cannot wait to see if I can recreate this sauce. Also of note, we were served our coffee in individual french presses. It was a nice touch, and the coffee was very good.
All in all, I would have to tell people to run not walk there, but if I had to make one complaint I would say the dining room gets very noisy. I don't think they have enough soft surfaces to absorb the sound. However, I can't wait to go back and see what else they have on the menu, and I can't wait to try and make that sauce.
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