The Husk for Drinks Downtown
The Husk has prided itself in being one of Downtown Wilmington’s popular neighborhood sports bars since 2011. Its served as a go-to spot for locals to grab a drink after work, catch a game or simply get together with friends. The plethora of TVs throughout the space, including a big screen behind the bar, are equipped with sports packages, ensuring that you’ll never miss an opportunity to cheer on your favorite team. An additional bar and courtyard in the back provides extra space for socializing with friends or meeting new people. That, along with great food and drink prices during lunch and dinner and weekly specials make this friendly bar a reliable joint for both visitors of the area and Wilmington residents.
The Husk offers all the usual bar food suspects, as well as some distinctive items that stand out from the rest of Front Street’s restaurants. Classic appetizers include french fries; loaded totchos (The Husk’s spin on nachos using tater tots in place of tortilla chips) piled high with their signature cheese sauce, jalapenos, bacon, salsa, sour cream and scallions; and chicken wings tossed in buffalo sauce, BBQ, Teriyaki, sweet & sour or honey mustard, that provide a comforting snack to either start or end your night with. Nontraditional offerings like edamame hummus with pickled veggies and pita, crispy brussels sprouts in a sweet and spicy sauce and chicken lettuce wraps topped with cashews, sweet Gochujang, carrots, Kewpie mayo and cabbage add excitement to a typical (though still appetizing) bar menu.
For a more substantial meal, choose from The Husk’s selection of baskets, which range from the tempura chicken bites, to the firecracker shrimp, to the Roudaburger, topped with cheddar, onions and a tangy house sauce, named after the restaurant’s location in the Historic Roudabush Building. Each basket comes with your choice of The Husk’s raved about tots or fries, with the option to add their exceptional cheese sauce if so desired. Vegetarians will rejoice for their edamame veggie burger and veggie hot dog, which comes with optional add-ons like Kimchee, avocado and/or salsa. A weekday lunch special is also available, which comes with two hot dogs and a soft drink for only five bucks.
The Husk’s beer menu is yet another great aspect of the restaurant to give cheers to. Their bottles and drafts include timeless choices like Rolling Rock, Purple Haze and Red Oak, along with rotating offerings from local breweries like Natty Greene’s, Highland Brewing Co. and Bad Penny. Additionally, both bars are stocked with ample liquors and mixes to whip up any classic cocktail you’re in the mood for. Drinks often go on special during the week, including a Sunday Bloody Mary that’s loaded with bacon, tots, olives and even a slice of grilled cheese, making it a meal on its own.
This lively spot is known for being a neighborly meeting place among locals and regulars, attracting out-of-towners to hang out when they’re visiting the area. Its prime location on Front Street is ideal for a night of bar hopping in downtown, or simply enjoying an evening out with friends accompanied with good food and drink at prices that can’t be beat.
by, Lauren Krouse
Also visit: Who’s Who: Erin Davis, Bartender at The Husk