Just about everything served at Husk is made in-house including milling its own grain for its scratch-made bread. Most ingredients are locally sourced from within a 90-mile radius of its location, including the produce, with the majority being organic or organically grown. The ocean seafood is wild-caught, but most of the inland fish such as the catfish is sustainably farmed. The beef is pasture-raised, grass-fed and grain-finished with non-GMO grains. while the chicken is supplemented with non-GMO feed.
Driven by local ingredients, the ever-changing menu offers gourmet Southern-inspired comfort food. Although most dishes contain an animal protein, typically there is at least one veggie entree. Typical seafood choices include NC shrimp, NC catfish, wild-caught swordfish, and even oysters. Duck, chicken, pork, and beef entrees are the norm along with small plates such as salads, cheese spreads, and even crispy pig ears. You’ll also find amazing desserts and a full liquor menu.
What I Ordered
I arrived for brunch with my boy and we were hungry. We chose the Green Bean Salad as an appetizer with house-made Pepperoni, Tomme, and Muscadine Vinaigrette. The medley of raw local organic green beans tossed with local lettuce, slivered red onion, and broccoli florets with shavings of Tomme cheese over a red bean puree made for an “out of this world” dish. The vinaigrette was light and sweet while the pepperoni added a perfect punch. My son gobbled up the Brioche French Toast sticks that arrived dressed with melted dollops of maple cream cheese between each stick, topped with bacon pieces and fresh blueberries, then drizzled with maple syrup, oh my! The Crispy Pork Belly over Carolina Gold Rice was calling my name. Large cubes of pork belly and chopped broccoli atop melted cheddar infused rice, then topped with a perfectly poached egg proved to be a rich and tasty dish. The chef was kind enough to bring a Grit Cake to the table for us to share. I have to admit that the Grit Cake didn’t look all that appetizing, but boy was I wrong. The outer golden batter had a savory crunch while the cheesy Cobb style corn grits were velvety smooth and packed with moan-worthy flavors.
Husk never disappoints with its venue choices, and that holds true for the Greenville location as well. Located in Greenville’s West End District, the storied setting is complete with exposed brick walls, dark leather chairs, wood floors, and exposed ceiling rafters. Keeping to its rich past, the ambiance is earthy and nostalgic. An extra-long saloon-style bar is sectioned off from the main dining area where tables are aplenty. A few small tables are available outdoors along the front sidewalk and upstairs as well.
Our experience at this Husk location was our best yet. The chef was very informed and fully transparent regarding the sourcing of ingredients, which I’m sad to say is not always the case. Kudos to Husk in Greenville for providing friendly service and superb clean dishes in a cozy setting filled with charm. Gourmet comfort food at its best!