Hot List: Florida’s 30A Hotel Debut; NOLA Barbecue & A Summer Read

Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.

The Pearl

Photo courtesy The Pearl

1. Rosemary Beach’s luxe hotel. We are counting down the days for the opening of The Pearl, a 55-room boutique hotel debuting August 15 and accepting reservations now. Aside from being one of the only true hotels in the Rosemary Beach area, other perks of the luxury pad include dedicated beach access with chairs and umbrellas provided for each guest, and no minimum night requirement, even in high season—a rarity for these parts.

Photo courtesy Patrick Lorenz

Photo courtesy Patrick Lorenz

2. New Orleans’ highly anticipated barbecue joint. Neil McClure broke some hearts in the Big Easy when he stopped his pop-up barbecue service at Dante’s Kitchen last year. The hungry crowds were appeased  by McClure’s promise to open a permanent location in 2013. Now, the time has come as McClure’s Barbecue opens this month in its Uptown location serving up Neil’s beloved smoked meats and from-scratch sides such as meaty beans and cornbread. Follow along on Facebook for the official opening day, which Neil says will be in the next week.

3. Your new book club read. You’ll breeze right through Susan Crandall’s Whistling Past the Graveyard ($20), a coming-of-age story set in the 1960s Deep South about a spunky young girl on a quest to find her runaway mother. The plot has all the makings of a great book club discussion: summer heat, family issues, self discovery, and beautiful prose.

4. Atlanta’s food truck festival. The Big Peach celebrates its mobile food scene with its second annual Street Food Festival at Piedmont Park Saturday, July 13. Featuring 25 of its best roving eateries, you’ll find everything from soul food to ice pops and vegan bites at the all-day affair complete with live music. Tickets are $10.50 and include $1 off all food truck items priced over $6, and a free cocktail.

5. The season’s shades. We love the stylish look and affordable pricetag for these sunglasses by Atlanta-based Red’s Outfitters. Made with all the high-quality trappings of a $500 pair of shades—made-to-order hardware, artisan-made frames, timeless design—these puppies will run you around $130. Choose through their 21 frames in colors ranging from classic tortoiseshell to SEC tailgate-friendly hues.

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

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