Giddy in anticipation, I arrived at Husk Restaurant in Charleston on a warm Sunday evening. When I told the hostess I did not have a reservation, I could tell the response would not be in my favor. She tilted her head, blinked twice and smiled politely. It was the kind of reaction my southern friends have when they are about to say in a long drawl, “Aww… bless your heart.”
The 52nd Street Market in Upper Lawrenceville looks more like a neighbor’s front stoop than an everyday neighborhood store. A bench, flowers, watering can, and “Welcome” sign adorn the teal entryway. Inside, the community corner store is bright and colorful with a repurposed coat rack inviting patrons to grab a wicker basket and linger for a bit.
I recently paid a visit to Columbus’ North Market where shopkeepers prepare and peddle their goodies to hoards of visitors annually. This place is high on my list of favorite public markets and I make a point to swing by whenever I’m in town. There was an unexpected break in the line at Hot Chicken Takeover (HCT) and I seized the opportunity to give this much-discussed chicken place a try.