Southern Living Names Basico as One of The South’s Best New Bars

AR-130909748.jpg&q=80&MaxW=750&MaxH=350Basico’s updated country club vibe earned the Park Circle taqueria a spot on Southern Living’s list of The South’s Best New Bars, featured in this month’s issue of the magazine.

According to an editor’s note, the 20 chosen bars are “a throwback to a time when whiskey and Champagne were sipped by elegant folks in sleek social rooms,” minus the pretension. Basico at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club won praise for its summery, un-stuffy ambiance and spicy grapefruit margarita.

Basico was grouped with Nashville’s ultra-trendy Pinewood Social, the carnivalesque eating-and-drinking warehouse from The Catbird Seat team, in the “social club” category. Continue reading

Clammer Bristles at Southern Living’s Rock Star Comparison

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In a release announcing The Ordinary‘s coronation in Southern Living‘s current issue as one of the region’s best new restaurants, Travel & Features Editor Jennifer V. Cole implied it was no coincidence that the honor went to a kitchen with a seaward orientation.

“Mark my word,” Cole’s quoted as saying. “Fishermen will be the culinary rock stars of 2014.”

While not disputing Cole’s prediction, Dave “Clammer Dave” Belanger — who supplies clams and oysters to restaurants including The Ordinary and Husk — pleaded with shellfish groupies to go beyond worshiping producers and help to protect their livelihoods.

“For sure fishermen will have at least one thing in common with rock stars in the future,” Belanger says. “There won’t be many of them.” Continue reading

Southern Living Tailgate Contest Returns: Can Clemson Win Again?

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Is this the South’s best party?/ jobu415

Fans of defending Southern Living Tailgating Champion Clemson University have until Sept. 30 to cast an online vote in this year’s edition of the popularity contest.

Fifteen schools, described by the magazine as hosts of the “greatest pregame parties,” are competing for the “Best Tailgate” title. Editor-in-chief Lindsay Bierman is quoted in a release as saying the poll is supposed to determine which collegiate football program has “the most stylish and spirited spread.” Of course, voters don’t need to provide a reason for rejecting Ole Miss, Florida State or the Universities of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, among other contenders.

If you can tear yourself away from the TV, votes carry double the weight on Saturdays. And one voter will be randomly selected to win a $2500 prize. Good luck (to you and your school of choice.)