Tag: The South

Eating & Drinking Around Raleigh-Durham: My 12-Stop North Carolina Guide

Though I have been to Charleston over four times the past 16 years, I hadn’t been back to North Carolina in 16 years, when I took my first (of multiple) two week road trip across the Deep South to study my barbecue styles. North Carolina is famed for BBQ and I include a couple stops here, along with 10 other standout restaurants and bars in Raleigh and Durham. It was good to be back and I only wish I had more time, but as you can see, I packed in a lot of tastes in two and a half short days. The region is unrecognizable foodwise since I was last here. Read more →

Distiller Magazine: Top 10 Nashville Bars + Interviews with Nelson’s Green Brier Distillers & Pinewood Social’s Matt Tocco

The Fox Bar, Nashville In the Fall 2019 print issue of Distiller Magazine: My article on 10 of Nashville’s best bars (Bastion, The Patterson House, Pinewood Social, The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club, Henrietta Red, Woolworth on 5th, No. 308, Gertie’s Bar at The 404 Kitchen, Urban Cowboy Public House, Black Rabbit) here My interview with Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery… Read more →

My Memphis Food & Drink Guide

I helped write a number of guides for Google Area 120’s new Touringbird guides with insider tips on cities around the world (more on Touringbird here). Of course, my tips are heavy on dining, food, bars, drink. Here is my guide to Memphis and top food, BBQ and coffee recommends at City & State coffee, my “secret” Memphis barbecue dish you don’t know about at… Read more →

Why Oxford, Mississippi, is a Food & Literature Lover’s Small Town

With its idyllic town square and romantic, Southern architecture and small town welcome, Oxford, Mississippi, is a worthy road trip stop for food and literature lovers like myself. Offerings are few but vibrant, even if for those of us who care little about sports the town is too dominated by the University of Mississippi and Ole Miss Rebels games. Despite… Read more →

11 April Cocktails Around the US Now

Covering the 11 hottest cocktails of the month around the US at Liquor.com, you’ll find my bar and drink recommends this month at these bars (click on each for the featured cocktail): Dirty Habit, San Francisco The Gin Joint, Charleston Archipelago, Washington D.C. Rusted Mule, San Francisco The Drake, Oklahoma City Two Birds/One Stone, St. Helena (Napa) Saint Leo, Oxford,… Read more →


Savannah, otherwise dubbed “crazy pirate town” by the Renaissance Man, is a strange little city that lives fresh in my memory, with surrounding islands and mixture of drab modern with graceful, old architecture. It’s intimate, not cosmopolitan or diverse like bigger cities, but haunting and navigable. After the colorful beauty and museum-like preservation of Charleston, I expected similar from Savannah… Read more →