The week in Charleston food news

Husk, Fleet Landing, 181 Palmer, and more

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Here's a recap of what happened in Charleston this week. A whirlwind trip to NYC (reported in excruciating 140-character detail via Twitter) prevented me from reporting this information in a more timely manner. My apologies. Let's get caught up with what I missed:

1) Husk, named the Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit magazine, got a huge plug this morning on the Today show. I just watched the video on their website and was surprised that Sean Brock did not make an appearance. Editor Adam Rappaport presented the food from the top five restaurants. Nonetheless, the exposure is priceless, which means eating there will probably become ever more difficult as word continues to spread. Critical mass will soon be reached. In the meantime, you can stop into the Husk bar for a single-barrel Knob Creek tonight for $9. It's part of the National Bourbon Heritage month.

2) Restaurant Week, which should more accurately be called Restaurant Week-and-a-Half, continues through the weekend, but I'm starting to discern some fatigue from the locals. Could this mean we're over the recession or is it simply a reaction to something that's become too popular for the haters?

3) 181 Palmer at the Culinary Institute opened for the fall semester. The menu is rich with fall flavors, starting off with a charcuterie plate, a plate of "grits and eggs," and grilled local shrimp with cauliflower puree. The entrees include a fish of the day, roasted Keegan-Filion pork, poele of Ashley Farms chicken, and a Grilled Niman Ranch flat iron steak. The dessert menu has artisanal cheese, chocolate truffle cake, butterscotch pot de creme, and coconut sorbet. It's the best restaurant deal around too, with three courses for $15. It's only open for lunch, and advance reservations are usually pretty necessary.

4) Fleet Landing has won the Sustainable Seafood Institute's designation as Partner of the Year. They'll celebrate at a big event Monday night at the Aquarium, which will feature DC chef Barton Seaver, who will discuss his book For Cod and Country. Props to Fleet for making sustainability an important facet of their menu.

5) The Macintosh has announced an opening night party for next Wednesday, that will be a benefit for Gavalas Kalanko foundation. You can buy tickets here.

6) There's more too: HoM and Barsa have both added Sunday brunch, High Thyme is now open for lunch, and a place called Stack's Coastal Kitchen in Mt. Pleasant has added dinner. I'll report more thoroughly on these tidbits later.

Coming Next: Eating my way through New York.

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