Walking into the Bar & Patio at Husk feels a little like skipping the line at a popular downtown club: You’re about to be a part of the fun, and you’re not quite sure how you got so lucky.
An extension of the uber popular Husk Restaurant, the Bar & Patio at Husk recently renovated its outdoor seating area and updated its menu. The best part? You don’t need a reservation to grab a seat. Guests can head inside the century-old bar or snag a table outside under a louvered pergola.
General manager Steven Chandler noted that the patio is a “level up” from what the outside space once was, and chef Ray England’s updated bar menu reflects that. Toeing the line between elevated and approachable, Husk’s bar menu hones in on salty goods from land and sea, featuring a small, curated selection of oysters and ham.
Photo by Andrew Cebulka
The result is something both snack-y and highbrow, what Chandler describes as “small, shareable bites.”
The rest of the bar’s food menu, deemed “snacks” and “dessert” (the latter keeps it simple with three different flavors of benne cookie ice cream sandwiches), trends fresh and light.
Since taking on his role in 2022, England has leaned on his experience helming other kitchens across the country, including downtown’s now shuttered Scarecrow and Co., and pushed Husk’s bar menu to one that focuses on dishes that are seafood and vegetable-forward.
From the snapper ceviche to the steak tartare lettuce wraps, the Bar & Patio’s bites aren’t gut-busting. Sure, you can still order the much-loved Husk burger, as well as the milk bread rolls served with sorghum butter, but the fresh offerings intentionally match the patio’s neighboring greenery.
“Utilizing ingredients from the surrounding edible garden, we have curated an entirely new menu,” Chandler said. “We want our guests to enjoy a sip of bourbon perfectly paired with a bite of a country ham doughnut, while taking in the beauty and bounty of the garden.”
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