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. Barter opens in Dallas. Once seated in the handsome dining room (above) at newly opened Barter, you’ll want to stay awhile and have a Texas beer or the whiskey flight. Executive chef Andrew Dilda (previously of chef Tim Love‘s Woodshed Smokehouse) combined forces with his former boss on the menu. Paying tribute to Texas cuisine, the meat-heavy menu will please all carnivores with dishes like wild boar ribs, fried bologna sandwich, steak by the ounce, and a three-bacon BLT.
2. Third Man Records releases mother of all music sets. This month marks the release of the item on every music lover’s wish list: The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932, Volume 1. Nashville-based Third Man Records put together this ode to Paramount Records–a now-shuttered label behind important early-1990s works from icons like Louis Armstrong. At $400, it’s a bit pricy, but with 800 songs on a USB, 84 songs on vinyl, a 250-page hardcover book, and songbooks, all housed in a handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet, it’s the gift that will keep on giving for years to come.
3. BATCH Nashville expands to Memphis. If you’re still looking for that perfect gift for the Southerner on your list, then consider a BATCH Nashville, and now BATCH Memphis, subscription. Back in November, we told you how entrepreneur Sam Davidson dreamed up curated boxes featuring five locally made products from the Music City like coffee from Garage Coffee Company or oatmeal from Hauling Oats. And just in time for the holidays, Sam and his crew are expanding with a Memphis-themed box, starting with “Good Morning, Memphis.” Order a month for your secret Santa, or splurge for a three-month subscription.
4. Kendra Scott’s LUXE collection. Glam up your holiday best with some Southern sparkle. The Austin, Texas-based designer’s high-end collection may have launched last month, but we think her pieces with hand-selected stones and pavé settings are perfect for the holiday occasions (though they are timeless enough to wear any season). Layer her iridescent drusy statement necklace over your LBD or slide on a cocktail ring with a bright turquoise magnesite, and you’ll be ready for any soiree.
5. Lantern expands in Chapel Hill. Chef Andrea Reusing’s pan-Asian restaurant, Lantern, will now be offering diners in the college town two new spots to enjoy her farm-fresh cuisine. The Franklin Street favorite has taken over the building next door with Lantern Garden, a leafy patio with long communal tables serving the full menu. Lantern Table is a community kitchen and private dining room where they’ll host cooking classes and have a dedicated space for more dinners with guest chefs (past events have brought David Chang and Frank Bruni to town).