The Think Write Thursday topic for April 27, 2017 is to write a post that begins with the words, “Remember the time . . . “
Remember the time I went to Charleston and I ate at Husk? No? That might be because I haven’t told you about it yet! But today seems like a great time to do that.
When I was making our plans for Charleston the one restaurant that kept coming up, over and over, was Husk. All of the reviews were excellent and every comment was pretty much, you just have to go there. I tried to get a dinner reservation but couldn’t, even though it was 3 months out, so I decided to go with a lunch reservation instead and I made it for Monday, our first full day, right after our walking tour. I figured we’d be ready for drinks and sustenance and I was right!
The menu at Husk changes daily but I had done my homework and I knew that some things were staples, like the pimento cheese toasts and I just crossed my fingers that the shrimp and grits would also be on the menu that day. You can see the menu for last Monday here and I was so happy to find the things I wanted to try. In other words – I knew what I was getting before we got there. Dale had a little bit harder time deciding but we had cocktails while he studied the menu.
And I ordered the TN Cheddar Pimento Cheese, Grilled Bread, Country Ham, Pickle Relish for us to share while he figured out what he wanted. Oh my goodness was that delicious! The bread was crispy and the cheese was fabulous and that bit of crunchy ham and tangy pickle relish really pushed it right over the top. Dale actually took one bite and said, “maybe I should just order a plate of these for myself.”
Of course he didn’t and after much debate (which mostly involved going back and forth between the cheeseburger and the country fried steak) he decided on the pork belly sandwich. You could have knocked me over with a feather when he picked that because my husband? Not the most adventurous eater. He loved it, though, and I had a bite and it really was fantastic. The pork belly is crunchy like bacon and salty like Virginia baked ham and the onion straws with buttermilk dill dressing on top really made it special.
I had the shrimp and grits and it was heaven in a bowl. The shrimp were flavorful and that tomato broth was divine. The grits were creamy and it was all just a flavor explosion in my mouth. I could eat this every day of my life, it was that good.
We also had a skillet of cornbread to share and it was wonderful. Crispy and brown on the outside, topped with a little salt and bacon, it was a great side with my shrimp and grits. It’s completely different from what we call cornbread here in the north – ours is really more like cake – and I have to say that I liked this better.
After all that we had no room for dessert! It was a meal to remember, I promise you that.
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