Remember in 2000 when all those people said they’d vote for George W. Bush because he was the one they’d most like to drink a beer with? If this were everyone’s logic, Amy Bowers Gordy would be the first female president.
1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Amy Bowers Gordy; Merchandising/Product Curator at Bourbon & Boots; Born in North Little Rock, moved to the south side of the river in 2006 (the city doesn't come and suck your leaves up off the curb in Little Rock like they do in Dogtown...just sayin'); Capital View.
2. You're a lady of fine tastes. What are you favorite local cocktails or brews? Yum. I love this question. Let's start with my favorite place to get a cocktail: South on Main. Anything bartender David Burnette makes is guaranteed-tasty. I love sipping a Moscow Mule or a Dark & Stormy from their sleek copper mugs while he chips away at perfectly-crafted ice spheres between drink orders.
I also love The Capital Bar for drinks. When I want a lighter, sweeter cocktail, I go for The Debutante made with Kai Lychee Vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower, lime and grapefruit juice, grapefruit Bitters and a basil leaf corsage garnish. Mmmm...grapefruit. When I want something a little more southern, I opt for the Southern Comfortable with spiced pear vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, fresh lemon juice and house-made pecan soda served over crushed ice and garnished with a spiced pecan.
I love cocktails, but I am and will always be, a beer-drinking girl. Some of my favorite beer-makers are Bayou Teche of Louisiana and Lazy Magnolia of Mississippi. Locally, you can't go wrong with a Diamond Bear Pale Ale or a Six Bridges Cream Ale at Vino's.
3. Your job requires you to search high and low for the best in southern chic. What have been some of your favorite local finds? That's a hard question. We are lucky to have so many great local vendors on BourbonandBoots.com, and tons of them we've found right here in Arkansas through their Etsy shops, craft fairs or just through word-of-mouth. We've actually created a feature on the site that allows you to shop by state. We have 176 made-in-Arkansas items on the site right now (and I love each and every one of them).
4. It's Saturday morning. What's on your agenda? My perfect Saturday morning is: Wake up late if I'm lucky. Go to brunch at Red Door with my brunch-loving husband. If it's just the two of us, we usually spend the morning catching up on work/chores/reading/watching what's stored on the DVR. If my step kids are with us, we like to head over to the Museum of Discovery right when it opens. If we are lucky, we get the whole place nearly to ourselves for a few minutes. If you have little ones, I highly recommend just getting a family pass and going as often as you like.
5. I know you grew up in Dogtown and are quite proud of your NLR roots. What is your favorite place to eat north of the river? I do have a few favorite spots in Dogtown: Gadwall's Grill — the BEST sweet potato fries I've ever had, and I've tried a lot. They come with a delicious brown sugary dipping sauce. Nothing compares. Rocky's Pub (currently closed for relocation)— the chicken carbonara is unbeatable. Ristorante Capeo — Everything on the menu here is great. It's a perfect special occasion restaurant. Starving Artist Cafe — a great lunch spot and you have to check out the Tales from the South events they host. Mark's Do-Nut Shop on Camp Robinson Rd — is a well-kept Dogtown secret. Spectator's Grill & Pub — it is a great, cozy bar. Good people watching. I recommend the domestic beer, and a shower when you get home if you aren't keen on cigarette smoke.