I’ve been just about as excited for my first issue of Garden & Gun to come as Lula has been waiting for the Twilight Movie to premiere. Maybe not as excited as Leigh Anne, but y’all, I was so happy to see this cover staring at me when I opened my mailbox a couple days ago:
I spied the magazine in a Books A Million store in Georgia and resisted the urge to just go ahead and buy it. My patience paid off.
I wasn’t sure how I would like the magazine. The Garden & Gun website shows like a swank operation. But was it all show? It touts itself as being the soul of the New South, but would it just be a dressed up redneck?
There was an Agnes Scott mention. And did you know that Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell (who played for the Allman Brothers Band before the Stones) has a “plantation” right outside of Macon, GA? We’re neighbors! Well, were. There’s a photograph of a gun turned into “art”. And did you know the only natural habitat for the Venus flytrap is in the Carolinas? There’s an article about Ted Turner’s daughter. Although I’m no fan of Ted, his daughter has the right idea about getting kids outdoors.
One of the main articles detailed the 100 best Southern foods and the restaurants that serve them. And I’ve eaten at several of the restaurants! I’m going to have to go back though for the food that made in into the top 100.
Nu-Way Weiners in Macon, GA (I eat mine in Warner Robins)
Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC
McCrady’s in Charleston, SC
The Varsity in Atlanta (only ate there as a tourist. Once an Atlantanite…Atlantian…whatever…I didn’t go back)
Waffle House in Avondale Estates, GA (Rachel, we went here, right?)
Every magazine is going to have its best of the best, but since is the only magazine I’ve got to go on, I’m going to try to eat as many of its best as I can. There’s a restaurant listed right here in Montgomery. And, in fact, I remember passing the restaurant one Sunday afternoon as we were driving around looking for lunch. I was beginning to get the shakes I was so hungry, but for some reason Du didn’t want to stop there. We ended up at Panera. No, Panera was not on the top 100 Southern Foods list. You can see what foods are on the list and if you’re anywhere close to any. Better yet, subscribe to the magazine and we can dish about all things New South.
It is, indeed, the soul of the New South.