Head on down to Brother Jimmy’s BBQ (multiple locations), a premiere Dixieland college sports hangout. Grab a PBR and hone those Dick Cheney shooting skills on the Big Buck Hunter. (Camo not included.)
Mosey on down to The Trailer Park Lounge & Grill (271 W 23rd St at Eighth Ave; 212-463-8000), where every inch of the haunt is done up in Gummo kitsch: Vintage soda signs, a 40¢ cigarette-vending machine and a PBR-swilling, fuzzy-slipper-wearing pregnant mannequin are just the beginning. We suggest the impressively strong $5 frozen strawberry margarita or the Can-O-Champagne ($7).
Ax that hunger with a slab of award-winning meat from RUB BBQ (208 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; 212-524-4300). No honky-tonk stuff here—just a modern take on burnt ends, fried green tomatoes and deep-fried Oreos.
Wanna-be Southern belles and Texas cowboys can find themselves some real deals at The Family Jewels Vintage Clothing emporium (130 W 23rd between Sixth and Seventh Aves; 212-633-6020), which specializes in square-dancing dresses, one-of-a-kind Western shirts and shitkicker boots.
Juicy tidbit! The red building on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 11th Street (adjacent to the cemetery) has a secret. It sits on the former site of the Grapevine, a Civil War tavern where Union officers (and Confederate spies) collected to drink and talk business. Hence the phrase I heard it through the Grapevine.
Cool off at The Pink Tea Cup (42 Grove St between Bedford and Bleecker Sts; 212-807-6755) with the sweetest sweet tea you’ve ever tasted. *NOTE: Southernist would begin here with breakfast – fish n’ grits, eggs, biscuits, turkey sausage = heaven! *
What better way to remember your walk than with a Southern-themed souvenir? Continue down Grove, go north on Hudson and stop at the Cowgirl General Store (519 Hudson St at 10th St; 212-633-1133), great for braided belts, rock candy, farm toys and other geegaws. *NOTE: Southernist considers this more western but yummmmmy regardless – frito-pie!*
We’re hoping you’ve saved room for some Paula Deen–caliber desserts. Bourbon Street Southern Gourmet Pantry (529 Hudson St between Charles and W 10th Sts, 212-337-0988) boasts award-winning sweet jams and syrups, plus an organic hummingbird cake made with banana, vanilla, cinnamon, and topped with cream cheese icing.