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.
1. New music from the Civil Wars. After a sad and public falling out last year, one of our favorite musical duos Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars release their new, self-titled album tomorrow. The tracks are a bit darker and moodier than before, but with the same folksy melodies and dreamy vocals that earned them national acclaim when they first came on the scene in 2011. Fingers crossed this means the two are headed toward a reconciliation soon.
2. Charleston’s newest hot spot. Chucktown’s most anticipated restaurant of summer, Indaco, opened its doors this weekend with a menu that puts a heavy emphasis on the Mediterranean side of Italian fare. Expect dishes such as crispy chickpeas, wood-fired oven pizzas with toppings like clams and eggplant, and farro with mascarpone from the team behind popular local joints The Macintosh and The Cocktail Club.
3. A must-read novel. Our pre-order is in for Night Film, the new novel from North Carolina-raised Marisha Pessl Ashley, best-selling author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics. The book, out this month, tracks an investigative journalist as he delves into the mystery of a young girl’s death and the secretive world of her reclusive, cult-horror-filmmaker dad. It’s a page turner that you’ll want to read with the lights on.
4. Atlanta’s dapper shop. We love a well-dressed man, and Tweeds, a new men’s outfitter in Atlanta’s Westside, delivers on tailored, timeless threads for the modern Southern gent. Find leather timepieces, dark-wash denim, canvas totes, and slim-fit button-downs at this handsome spot.
5. Southern chefs on Chopped. This Sunday, August 11, the addictive Food Network show Chopped will feature Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun and his brother, Dallas chef Kent Rathbun, battling out on a special Family Feud episode. Tune in to egg on the talented bros.