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Crashing A Famous Bar For A Chef’s Famous Burger

 

What’s New With Meg?

Having reached my goal of 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, I’m now on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 S.C. counties, while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First.

Why This Stop?

Tasty Tuesday at The Bar At Husk in Charleston. May is National Hamburger Month and I’m not going to mess around using the following two Tuesday’s to write about two of my favorite burgers in South Carolina.

True story.  While visiting the highly acclaimed Husk Restaurant during lunch hours in Charleston, I noticed that many people were eating burgers. I remember thinking that it was odd. Odd as in, this institution is a James Beard nominee and award-winning chef’s institution. When I sat down to write about my visit (see past blog,) I spent way too much time reading more about hamburgers than I cared to, and I am from an area that claims to be the home of the hamburger, but that is another story.   Anyway, I watched a short clip of Sean Brock making the burger and I “got it.” From that day on, I was on a quest to eat that burger.

Said to have spent a year working on this burger recipe, it begins with the potato roll’s, the meat consisting of flank steak, chuck roast, a meat grinder, Smoky Mountain hand-cured bacon, a sauce that was made by the light of the new moon, and an iron skillet. You get the idea. A lot goes into this burger.  Even the onions are prepared in a way that makes them perfect; diced, rinsed, and put on top of the sizzling burger so that they steam them for just the right taste and crunch. Curiously, this Chef chooses American cheese.  He likes the old school double burger with American cheese that melts something like sauce, served on a squishy bun. I get that.

So, when I finally made it to the newly opened Husk Restaurant in Greenville, I was so bummed out that I couldn’t get that burger. So, what is a burger-loving girl to do? Crash the bar.

The Bar at Husk that is. Located in Charleston, in a renovated building. The bar is said to serve some of the swankiest cocktails in this historic city.

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Husk Charleston, SC

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The Bar at Husk Charleston, SC

Located adjacent to the Restaurant, the Bar is open at 3 p.m. until close, my daughter and I were told that there were no tables available. So, we waited and as soon as we saw people leave, we bypassed the Bar area and begged the upstairs staff for a table. We promised to be quick and graciously, they were able to hook us up with that burger. I did make the mistake of saying that we were going to split the burger and it arrived not picture perfect.

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The burger at Husk in Charleston with potato wedges. Half of a burger that is.

Was the hype worth it? My daughter and I came to different conclusions. My daughter rated the burger as average but her cocktail as outstanding.

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Charleston SC The Bar at Husk

Me, I had a dry cocktail made with fresh juice that was outstanding, and I loved the burger and rate it a bit above average.

 

MEGastars – 3.5  I couldn’t help but wonder if my expectations were too high.  A lot of hype and yet I certainly had an appreciation for the work that is put into this sandwich.

MEGathoughts – In a captivating November 2018 article in GQ magazine, Brett Martin writes about the many life changes that Sean Brock has made this year, and I had to wonder if he is spinning his wheels.  Mr. Martin quotes Chef Brock saying “….I’m tired of making burgers,” he says. “I’m tired of making fried chicken, I’m tired of making cornbread. I’ve been doing that every day for six years and I’m sick of it. I love eating it, but I’m tired of making it…..”  Disappointingly, these were the two things that I was most interested in trying.  More on another visit to Husk in an upcoming blog.

MEGatips

  1. The Bar at Husk is first come first serve. So crash that place and you too may get a dirty look and word from one of the highly esteemed master bartenders.
  2. I note that since April 25th, the Greenville Husk location is now serving lunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and that burger appears to be on the menu. Do call ahead.
  3. Reservations are suggested at any of Sean Brock’s three locations, soon to be four in Savannah. I have been lucky; do as I say and not as I do.
  4. The link to all four Husk locations Link to all four HUSK locations.
  5. A look at this burger preparation on YouTube.Watch Chef Sean Brock do his hamburger thing.
  6. The recipe for this burger courtesy of The Mind of A Chef Sean Brock’s Husk Recipe

 

[1] Eater Article “Anatomy of The Husk Cheeseburger by Hillary Dixler Canavan April 15, 2013

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