Olga’s Fine Dining’s menu fuses Southern flavors with Russian standards made from old family recipes passed down to its Russian-born founders. The 8-ounce Abramovich fillet, topped with jumbo shrimp and sautéed crabmeat, combines surf ‘n’ turf as seamlessly as a mer-centaur ($34). Mushrooms, onions, and mozzarella melt over a hand-cut 14- to 16-ounce Moscow ribeye ($29), and bacon, fennel, and spinach cling to salmon Rockefeller ($27).
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Licensed massage therapist Monika Sandifer-Wilson knows every massage style in the book, and is as skillful at lymphatic-drainage massages as she is at therapeutic and deep-tissue modalities. In addition to the aforementioned services, she also offers couples massages, which incorporate soothing add-ons such as sugar scrubs, aromatherapy, and the application of skin-softening paraffin wax on the hands and feet.
Recently featured in the Washington Post, Ballet Magnificat! became the first Christian-based professional ballet company in the nation when it was established in the mid-1980s by award-winning dancer Kathy Thibodeaux. With this deal, ballet fans can get a up-close view to watch Thibodeaux and others perform in this year's performance, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Christmas production in Jackson. More than 150 other dancers and 300 different costumes will be a part of A Christmas Dream, which will depict a spectacular battle between a grand multitude of angels and fly-like creatures set to the music of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Enjoy the rich acoustics and intimate views inside Thalia Mara Hall, an ideal setting for ballets or ballet-inspired monster-truck rallies. Following the show, guests are invited to drop by the after-parties for cookies, book-signings, and conversations with some of their favorite twirlers.
Voted best sports bar by the Jackson Free Press, Sportsman's Lodge answers bellowing bellies with an extensive menu and sports aficionados with big-screen TVs. Keep an eye on a close game while keeping fingers busy with fried alligator-tail strips served with tabasco butter sauce and ranch dressing ($8.95) or herb-breaded and deep-fried crispy fried pickles featuring aged cucumbers served with ranch dressing ($5.95). Sliced turkey breast, Philadelphia cream cheese, sautéed bell peppers and onions nestle peacefully atop a soft focaccia-bread bedding in the turkey panini ($9.95), and the 100% beef foot-long Braves dog mingles with bacon, barbecue sauce, and onions inside a pillowy bun ($7.50). Hungry chinchilla tamers can swing by to enjoy a daily lunch plate ($7.95, served Monday–Friday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.), along with complimentary corn bread, tea, and dessert along with the fresh breeze on the outdoor deck.
At El Mezcal, nachos are so much more than chips covered in cheese. There are 10 types of nachos, from beef- and bean-smothered ones to ones sporting zesty grilled shrimp. The large selection is indicative of the menu as a whole, which compiles several kinds of enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, and tacos. Thankfully, 20 different combination platters allow diners to sample across these categories. There are also signature dishes, such as the El Mezcal Special: grilled rib-eye steak and shrimp mixed with veggies, served with rice, beans, and tortillas. At the bar, servers mix margaritas and pour homemade sangria, in addition to opening bottles of imported beers.