Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. This week, a special star-spangled version of your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. Teddy Roosevelt restaurant. It’s a pity that the 26th president is not around to experience Teddy & The Bully Bar. He’d feel right at home in the new DC restaurant and bar (above center) that’s more refined than Rough Rider despite the occasional taxidermy head (some real, other crafted from denim). We bet he’d be having a gin rickey or another classic cocktail that was popular at the height of his presidency (their specialities now) and chowing down on a few small plates (Gun Powder Ranch Bison Tartar, perhaps) to sustain his hearty appetite. History lesson–the restaurant is located across the street from where Teddy used to live in his pre-White House days.
2. Summer totes. Carry your essentials from poolside to fireworks in a Hayden Reis tote bag. Dreamed up by Florida designer Emily Stroud, the water- and sand-resistant bags are roomy enough for a blanket and bottle of wine or towel and your issue of Southern Living. The red, white, and blue color scheme on our favorite (above left) is subtle enough to use all season long.
3. ‘Cue kit. It wouldn’t feel like the Fourth without firing up the grill. One of our favorite barbecue joints, the Birmingham-based Jim ‘N Nick’s, just put out a seasoning and sauce set that’s got everything “except the pig” for a killer cookout. In it, you’ll find plenty of their barbecue sauce plus three different seasonings for pork and ribs, chicken & turkey, and steak and burgers.
4. Shirts fit for a president. Menswear brand Read Wall is helping men get a stylish all-American look with their summer series of four shirts, each named after a former president–there’s a Jefferson and a Washington shirt. The DC-based brand makes the shirts from a Japanese shirting fabrics so men will feel cool all summer long.
5. Fourth of July concerts. Willie Nelson is celebrating the holiday the same way he’s spent the last 40 years–playing his annual 4th of July Picnic held at the Fort Worth Stockyards with a lineup of country acts including Justin Moore and Leon Russell. Meanwhile in the Music City, there’ll be 10 straight hours of music to commemorate the country’s birthday. Don’t miss The Band Perry followed by the Nashville Symphony performing live along with the incredible fireworks.
5 1/2. Food on the Fourth. Not everyone headed to the National Mall in D.C. has time to put together a picnic spread. Thankfully, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s chef Jason Gehring is preparing a fireworks-ready meal to-go (above right) with plenty of buttermilk fried chicken, Asian slaw, potato slaw, and two kinds of doughnuts. Still in town on the 5th? Chef Mike Isabella is well on his way to dominating the DC food scene as his third area restaurant, Kapnos, a Greek restaurant opens for dinner on Friday.