615.256.6565 | 37 Rutledge St. | map it
Located in Rutledge Hill â€“ just a few blocks south of Historic Broadway, in the heart of Downtown Nashvilleâ€”Husk transforms the essence of Southern food. Executive Chef Katie Coss reinterprets the bounty of Tennessee and the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in the South.
Much like the dĂ©cor that inhabits this historic, late 19th century home, the food is modern in style and interpretation. Starting with a larder of ingredients indigenous to the region, Coss responsibly crafts menus, playing to what local purveyors have seasonally available at any given moment. The entrance beckons with a rustic wall of firewood to fuel the wood-fired oven in the open kitchen, and a large chalkboard listing artisanal products currently provisioning the kitchen.
At Husk, there are some rules about what can go on the plate. â€śIf it doesnâ€™t come from the South, itâ€™s not coming through the door,â€ť said Chef Sean Brock, Huskâ€™s Founding Chef. The resulting cuisine â€śis not about rediscovering Southern cooking but exploring the reality of Southern food.â€ť This modern approach from Chef Coss results in playful dishes such a Sassafras Glazed Pork Ribs with Pickled Peaches and Rev Taylor Butter Beans; House Cured Country Ham Tasting with Acorn Griddle Cakes; and Rabbit-Pimento Loaf with Husk Mustard, Pickles and Rice Bread.
Seed-saving, heirloom husbandry, and in-house pickling and charcuterie efforts by the culinary team are the basis of the cuisine at Husk. The restaurant is as casual as it is chic, evoking a way of life centered on seasonality ingredients and the energy of the downtown Nashville scene. It is a neighborhood gathering place for friends, a local destination dining spot for travelers and has a little bite of the South for everyone to savor on their homeward journey.