The Drive-By Truckers are a great American rock band.
In fact, the band — which blends hints of country, folk, roots and Southern rock — meets our (un)Official American Rock Scions Requirements list:
(a) They are based in Athens, Ga., which has spawned rock greats like R.E.M. and Widespread Panic.
(b) They have a key record or two — we’d call a tie between “Southern Rock Opera” (2002) and “Decoration Day” (2003).
(c) Lead songwriters Patterson Hood (vox/guitar) and Mike Cooley (vox/guitar) are a force together, but they make great solo albums, too.
(d) Their music is like a fine wine — it just gets better with age.
CityEats had a chance to sit down with Hood to talk Athens’ best restaurants and bars — and where the band dines in New York City.
The band is based in Athens, Ga. Which restaurants, bars and music venues would you recommend to introduce someone to Athens? The Grit, The National and Five and Ten. You won’t find three better restaurants anywhere. [Chef] Hugh Acheson is totally amazing. There is a bar called The Manhattan that I would put up against any bar in the world. We also have The Flicker Bar, which always has cool old movies on its TV over the bar and, of course, our beloved 40 Watt Club.
Put down the cheap beer. Summer barbecues are the perfect time to break out some great bottles of wine. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to drink any less seriously just because you’re charring meat and veg on the grill. I’ll come right out and say it: Barbecues are ideal for pairing high-impact wines with fire-licked dishes. Wondering where to start? Here’s a primer.
To Start: Crisp White or Dry Rosé
These are the best wines to start the festivities.My two go-to wines are Albariño from Rias Baixas, in northwestern Spain, and a fruit-forward, lively rosé. Look for addictive wines from Valmiñor and Santiago Ruiz (a gorgeous Albariño-based blend) for the former, and the fabulous Esporão Vinha da Defesa Rosé, an amazing example from Portugal’s Alentejo, for the latter.
As we pay greater attention to where our food comes from, our health and the health of what we’re consuming, even the most carnivorous eaters are taking a break from meat – at least occasionally. Of course, it can be challenging to follow Meatless Monday, the international campaign to eat vegetarian on Mondays. So we’ve turned to chefs for a little inspiration. Today, enjoy eggplant parmigiana from Carmine’s.
Sometimes life calls for a cocktail — especially on a Friday. While you can’t go wrong with a simple vodka and soda, there are times when you want to really shake things up. We turn to area restaurants and bars for inspiration.This week, the folks at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House in New York share one of the cocktails they’ve created to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal, where the restaurant is located. The special cocktails, including the Cold Spring on the Hudson, pay homage to trains and train travel.
Cold Spring on the Hudson
2 oz. Zyr vodka
½ oz. pomegranate syrup
2 oz. pomegranate juice
Splash of lemon juice
Pour all ingredients into shaker.
Shake with ice, strain and serve in martini glass with lemon twist.