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Best reason for a culinary road trip: Husk

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Is there any other reason to travel? For those of us who are food obsessed, the Southeast offers a ton of delicious destinations. Charleston, S.C., has always been high on the list, and now we've got one more reason to head east. Chef Sean Brock, who already heads up the kitchen at McCrady's, opened Husk in November, and Bon Appétit named it Best New Restaurant in the country last month. We're loath to disagree. Brock takes his fine dining skills and applies them to Southern food, then adds a huge dash of heart, heritage and ballsiness. Husk elevates pimento cheese to an art form, serving it on johnnycakes made from einkorn, a variety of wheat that only grows in the wild. Crispy strips of pig ears come wrapped in the most gorgeous lettuce, and are paired with bread and butter pickled squash. Brock has made a study of barbecue for his new joint, and his ribs show it — tangy, smoky, utterly perfect. Ribs worth driving five hours to eat. 76 Queen St., Charleston, S.C. 843-577-2500. huskrestaurant.com.

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