Coffee & a Show

Everyone has their own favorite place to get great coffee, but let’s face it:  not all java shops are created equal. And thanks to some incredibly unique features (plus three iconic locations), Lamplighter Roasting Company in Richmond, Virginia is putting their own spin on the traditional coffee house. In 2009, founders Zachary Archibald, Jennifer Rawlings, and Noelle Archibald were in agreement: their focus was to be roasters only, and leave the coffee bar job to the other guys. But when the people of RVA wanted more, they decided to listen [... more]

Sophisticated Soul Food

It’s not often that the words ‘organic’ and ‘local food products’ are synonymous with the South; however, the owners of Alligator Soul restaurant, Hilary and Maureen Craig, are bringing a new spin of healthier food options to the Savannah, Georgia area. Their Seattle, Washington restaurant by the same name quickly made Zagat’s “Best Places to Eat in the Northwest” list, and we’re excited to now have this sophisticated Southern food spot in our own back yard. With their extensive menu offering your Southern favorites and exotic cuisine such as [... more]

Where Tye-Dyes and Neckties Unite

“Buffalo fried tofu” isn’t exactly something you hear every day. That is, unless you’re Chef Brandon Cruze at the Sunspot restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee. “Where tie-dyes and neckties unite” is their quirky tagline, mainly because of the diverse menu that caters to an array of lifestyles and food preferences. Featuring a wide variety of Southwestern, Caribbean, and Latin American-inspired cuisines, Sunspot combines unique flavors for both vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.   Start out with their signature tomatillo salsa and tortilla chips on the rooftop patio, but we hear the Roasted Pork Burrito and [... more]

The (Not So) Ordinary Restaurant

Make a different kind of withdrawal from this South Carolina bank turned not-so-ordinary restaurant. Featuring Southern seafood and an oyster bar, The Ordinary makes everyday cuisine feel new and fresh. The Ordinary is on the frontlines of the farm-to-table movement, and they take their food very seriously. Only traditional methods and the freshest ingredients are used to create each dish, overcoming many of the old seafood and oyster bar stigmas. Each of their wines and cocktails are also hand-picked, paired to perfectly compliment the raw oysters and seafood.     According to Charleston City [... more]

Feelin’ Squirrely

Chattanooga, Tennessee, is known for its rolling hills, Civil War history, and top ranked aquarium – but what about for its bar scene? The Flying Squirrel has become quite the hot spot for the city’s young professionals and savvy visitors alike, and for good reason. The venue’s modern architecture and décor stunningly combines steel beams, wooden bars tops, and massive glass windows, allowing for a cozy yet chic atmosphere. Even more impressive? The menu. Bar food takes a sophisticated turn with options like duck tacos, crab rolls, and meat [... more]

Peche: Keeping An Old Flame Burning

If you find yourself in downtown New Orleans this summer, consider the Warehouse District at the corner of Magazine and Julia Streets. That’s where you’ll find the Peche Seafood Grill, and Chef Ryan Prewitt’s masterful menu. Old school cooking styles, unique dishes, and a sophisticated modern look are just a few of things that led to this rustic-style eatery earning the James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant” in the United States. Using live-fire cooking techniques, Prewitt keeps an open hearth of carefully stoked hardwood coals, which also allows for a unique show as you await your [... more]

Because Chocolate.

Move over, Willy Wonka: we’ve just died and gone to chocolate heaven. Located in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, Bar Cocoa offers one of the most extensive chocolate and dessert experiences in the South. Let’s say that again: A bar. Of desserts. Made with lots – and lots – of chocolate. From tasty nibbles, to wedding cakes, to event catering, to cooking classes, this upscale boutique leaves your sweet tooth with nothing left to be desired. We recommend indulging in their wide variety of French macarons, which will transport [... more]

A Fine Place to Crash

Hostels generally fall on the lowest rung of places to sleep outside the home - after hotels, motels and even camping – but that’s not the case for this one-of-a-kind retreat in the mountains of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Opened in 2011, The Crash Pad has many of the traditional features of a hostel, such as bunk beds, communal eating areas, and affordability, but was also designed with charm, cleanliness, and sustainability in mind. The Crash Pad is geared toward adventurous travelers and one of only four properties in Chattanooga with LEED Platinum Certification (and [... more]

Nashville’s New Sinema

Nashville’s brand new restaurant Sinema opened June 27 and has some big plans. Its goal is to provide an accessible fine dining experience with modern spins on classic dishes. The menu is full of a diverse arrangement of American foods, while staying unique to Nashville traditions and flavors. Dale Levitski, winner of many awards and the runner-up on the third season of Top Chef, came down from Chicago to start Sinema and has been working hard with Q-Juan Taylor to mesh hospitality with fine dining. The interior [... more]

Boutique Bowling in the ATL

When you think of bowling allies you probably imagine sticky plastic seats, smelly shoes, cheap beer and screaming children – but that’s all about to change. The Painted Pin is an upscale boutique bar, bowling, and entertainment venue located in the heart of Buckhead’s Miami Circle in Atlanta. Complete with 20 bowling lanes surrounded by leather Chesterfield couches, personalized ball and shoe delivery, and superb food and cocktail menus, this is the perfect place to come have a little fun, maintain your dignity, and still feel like a [... more]

Graveyard Shift

Avid readers might remember John Berendt’s New York Times Bestselling Novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil featuring Savannah, Georgia’s very real Bonaventure Cemetery. Even if ghosts and evil give you goose bumps, you’ll find the area’s most famous cemetery a hauntingly beautiful spot to visit. Among the century-old live oaks covered in Spanish moss, lovely details can be found on every tombstone and family crypt as you make your way through the hundred-acre plot. Stop at Gracie Watson’s statue and see if her stone [... more]

Born From Necessity

“Rules are meant to be broken” is how the saying goes. Or in the case of moonshining, sometimes laws. Ole Smoky Moonshine finally broke through the law, becoming the first federally licensed distillery in East Tennessee. Jars of Ole Smoky Moonshine can be purchased today, coming in 12 flavors including Original, Apple Pie, White Lightnin’, Watermelon and Sweet Tea. The distillery, called “The Holler” and based in Gatlinburg, is available for tours and also serves as a concert venue. Ole Smoky even offers several recipes to make at [... more]

South Beach Suites

The Vintro Hotel and Kitchen is opening soon! Located just two blocks from the breathtaking beaches and cultural district of Miami, the hotel will be the perfect accommodation if you’re looking to experience South Beach at its finest. This new boutique hotel will provide all of the luxuries that one could desire while connecting its guests with the unique, cultural flare that defines Miami. Each room is specifically designed to accentuate the visual styles of its Florida host city. For the cuisine lover, the Vintro Hotel and [... more]

Famous Smokes

In 1896, Don Bello opened his very first cigar factory in Las Villas, Cuba, a region well known for its tobacco-growing soil. After running the thriving business for years, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1959 following the Cuban Revolution. Settling in Miami, they eventually opened another factory in the city’s Little Havana neighborhood, where they produced the “Havana Sunrise,” one of the most popular cigars in the 1990s. Over the years, the Bello family’s Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co. has won several awards, [... more]

Road Trip-Worthy Tacos

If you’re hungry for authentic Southern, Southwestern, and Mexican fare, then you may want to join the line outside Taqueria del Sol. At first glance, you realize this isn’t your usual dining establishment. Lines often snake outside the door, but thankfully tables turn over very quickly. The popular restaurant wows with savory from-scratch dishes served quickly within a casual setting. Menu options include the Brisket, a flour tortilla with shredded beef topped with pico de gallo, and the Memphis, a juicy, smoked and chopped pork soft taco [... more]