Updated: Jul 29, 2019
You won’t find this hot spot in a trendy, modern building; the latest addition to the Husk family is in a 19th century home on Oglethorpe Ave. The building has been lovingly restored and provides a great balance of preserving historic details without feeling like you’re in a museum. Many of the rooms of the original home were left intact rather than create a cavernous dining room, so historical architecture purists are happy, but the bar area is downright chic so the trendy kids are also happy. The result is a unique, cozy vibe for each dining area. I sat at the bar on this visit, which you’ll find on the second floor up a beautifully preserved staircase.
I started my brunch with a house mimosa (includes grapefruit liqueur and bitters - YUM) and a bitter greens salad with blue cheese, smoked pecans, and radishes. Both were simple and classic and hit the spot.
For my main dish, I had cornmeal fried catfish served on a bed of grits with spring onion, fennel, and peanuts. I have long been a fan of the ‘breakfast stout,’ so I paired it with an Oyster Stout from Service Brewing Co. This was a mistake in hindsight as the flavor of the catfish was more delicate than I was expecting, but the crunch of the catfish and the peanut flavor were lovely nonetheless.
Do I recommend a visit? Absolutely. Between the food, ambiance, architecture, and artwork, it really is a sensory experience. And since the menu frequently changes depending on what the local producers provide (if it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door), each experience is fresh and new.
Insider tip: The raw bar is one of the best places in the area for fresh local seafood.