615.256.6565 | 37 Rutledge St. | map it
Located in Rutledge Hill – just a few blocks south of Historic Broadway, in the heart of Downtown Nashville–Husk transforms the essence of Southern food. Executive Chef Ben Norton 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 dÃ©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, Norton 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. If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door. The resulting cuisine is not about rediscovering Southern cooking but exploring the reality of Southern food. This modern approach from Chef Norton 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.