New Reviews: Husk and Vern’s

By Robert F. Moss

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In the past month I’ve published two new restaurant reviews, one of a long-running Charleston destination restaurant (Husk) and the other of a much-talked-about new kid on the block, Vern’s.

Their appearing back to back was pretty much a coincidence, but it was fortuitous timing. It let me reflect on the restaurant that, more than any other, defined the period when Charleston really broke out as an international dining destination and juxtapose it with a restaurant that, in my opinion at least, is defining what fine dining in Charleston is today.

More than anything, it underscores that dining scenes are never static. New trends come and then they go, what seems exciting and daring one decade can seem, well, a little behind the times in the next.

About the Author

Robert F. Moss

Robert F. Moss is the Contributing Barbecue Editor for Southern Living magazine, Restaurant Critic for the Post & Courier, and the author of numerous books on Southern food and drink, including The Lost Southern Chefs, Barbecue: The History of an American Institution, Southern Spirits: 400 Years of Drinking in the American South, and Barbecue Lovers: The Carolinas. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.