I have lived in Green Hills for over 20 years and totally agree with Local Foodie about the left hand turn lanes and the ridiculous number of traffic lights. Of course, I rarely drive on Hillsboro Road and know the many alternatives. The main issue is the lack of anyone taking charge and making the hard decisions to limit left hand turns, not allow traffic lights at virtually every intersection. Another radical idea would be for traffic beginning on Hillsboro going south at Cleghorn become one way and have a circular four lane road beginning at Cleghorn all the way to Hobbs and then Hillsboro becomes one way from Hobbs going north back up to Cleghorn. That would effectively have a circle of four one way lanes all around the mall moving traffic but certainly some slight downside as well. Unless the city or the developers put up some big bucks to connect Cleghorn and Glen Echo by tearing down the CVS and connecting Richard Jones with Abbott Martin by tearing down the Walgreens and Men's Wearhouse, there are not many options that won't cost big bucks.
Of course, that should be mushroom pot pie, not tie....
Have been twice and was pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of the fried chicken at a reasonable price. If there are 3 or more you can get a huge bucket for $36 with an unusal purple cole slaw. The mushroom pot tie was also excellent. I hope and expect that they can keep up the quality, but maybe add some additional variety. On a Tuesday night at 7:00 pm the bowling alleys were full. A great new addition to our city.
I am fairly sure that there is a commisary somewhere in town that prepares all of the food for every Mexican and Chinese restaurant in town. I agree that Alegria may be the exception for Mexican and haven't found a Chinese that has any variation, in a good way.
The other issue that I take note of is the same one that I think impacted the success of Lime by Hyndman.....$12 margarita's with what can't be more than 2 ounces of liquid. Yes, the tequila is good and is only accompanied with fresh lime juice and not the typical "margarita mix" but when you take a short glass pack it with crushed ice, there just isn't enough room for any liquid. It would take several, like 4, to really feel you had a drink and that would be $48. Didn't they learn from Lime? I absolutely dare an upscale restaurant to have wine and cocktails that are in the $6-$8 range and guarantee you will make money, I know I would order more than one at that price point, whereas now I simply refuse to be taken. I hope and expect the market will begin to set prices by dictating with our pocket books.
Apparently the same clientele that has access to the 7:00 through 8:30 reservations since they do not open those up on Open Table. I hear that the elite can easily get in. Husk is making a big mistake and their reputation is beginning to be very negative. It is not all that. As more new openings happen, those that go to the price extremes will begin to notice where the customers are.
I recently had dinner there at 5:30 PM as it was and has been the only time available on Open Table until 9:30 PM. I have heard that they block the more desireable times and this shifts many of us to the early or very late times. With that said, I had a very good experience, even though I found the hype to be exaggerated. The building has been thoroughly renovated but has many contemporary styling touches that don't seem to fit the century old house, but it is well done. The service is excellent and the rolls they bring are excellent as well. I had the Shrimp and Grits and found it to be fairly mediocre as the grits were very "soupy" and not my favorite as the same dish at a number of local restaurants are much better, particularly Silo and even Puckett's. My partner's pork chop was very good, but again similar to many others in town. I did find the buttermilk pie with blueberries to be outstanding and very fairly priced. Husk is a very good addition to local dining, but would rate it on par with etch, Silo, Lockeland, F. Scotts,
Rolf and Daughters with vastly superior service to City House, which still carries an attitude of doing us a favor for seating us.
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