Jerry Bailey began homebrewing with friends in 1989, hopeful that the craft would bring fulfillment that his 9-to-5 failed to provide. Fulfillment it brought, along with numerous batches of tasty brew. Bailey couldn’t keep his inventions to himself; he quickly decided to open his own brewhouse as well as distribute his goods to other local establishments.
Today, Bailey proudly stands at the helm of both Old Dominion Brewhouse and Old Dominion Brewing Company. In the pub, chefs add variety to liquid meals with food such as burgers, crab cakes, and thin-crust pizzas while 30 flat-screen televisions keep patrons entertained with sports. The chefs also exhibit flair for Asian cuisine, slicing and rolling sushi and offering create-your-own mongolian stir-fries. At the bar, eight handles remain perpetually reserved for Old Dominion's craft beers, such as the award-winning Baltic porter and the Oak Barrel stout, which is loaded with flavors of vanilla and the color brown.
Founded in 1925, Morris Miller Wines & Liquor continues to embrace the marvels of fermentation and distillation by stocking its shelves with an international selection of potent spirits. The wine selection is grouped by region, allowing patrons to more easily track down a crisp New Zealand sauvignon blanc or a spicy Chilean carménère. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the staff hosts complimentary wine tastings, which allow customers to try small samples before they buy bottles to enjoy at home, in restaurants, or on the neighborhood's new roller coaster. Shelves of craft beer, single-malt scotch, and Brazilian cachaca round out the store's ample selection.
Adega serves fresh café fare for lunch and dinner, including delicately swaddled wraps such as The Jerk ($7.49), made with jerk chicken, romaine, avocado, mango, red pepper, mango vinaigrette, and served in a tortilla made of chipotle and misanthropy. Feast with the family on a 14-inch margherita pizza ($11.99) or one of the other Mediterranean flatbreads, or prepare an absorbent nest for flightless wine flights by ordering one of the sandwiches such as The Duke Ellington, a swinging combo of roast beef, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, brie, and horseradish cream. The establishment also houses a variety of wines, which are sold by the glass ($4–$9) and bottle ($8.99–$60), but customers are welcome to buy a bottle at Adega during lunch or dinner and have it at the table with their meal. While feasting and sipping, absorb the café's warm and unpretentious décor, replete with ample windows for prime views of passing strongmen bench-pressing parked cars.
For more than 25 years, the neighborhood-friendly Tenley Wine & Liquor has provided an exhaustingly thorough selection of international wines, domestic and imported beers, and fine liquor. Tenley carries bottles of vino from 10 countries, ranging from Argentina and Italy to Australia and Mungbabwe. Swish a glass of Bonterra Vineyard’s 2006 merlot ($16.99/bottle) and enjoy the dark fruity aromas that waft toward your nose, or go for a swim in Tenley’s sea of more than 150 beers, from microbreweries such as Anchor Steam and Harpoon to six-pack standards including Corona and Heineken ($8.99/six pack). Tenley stocks more than 50 single-malt Scottish whiskeys, including the grassy and fragrant Cutty Sark Blended Scotch ($20.99 for 750 mL). Browse Tenley’s wide array of cognacs, liqueurs, and several other cordials, from Absinth La Torment ($23.99 for 750 mL) to Baileys Irish Cream ($23.99 for 750 mL).
Bradley Food and Beverage does lunch justice, with delicious specialty sandwiches and fresh-made soups and salads. The sandwiches are a highlight, including the customer-favorite Great Smokey ($6.99), built from generous layers of smoked turkey luxuriating beneath smoked Gouda cheese, honey mustard, and veggies. The extensive menu includes 20 other specialty sandwiches (just enough for a gentlemanly team of rugby-union players), including the meaty and tasty Roast Beef Treat ($7.49), which pairs hot roast beef with havarti cheese. Flavors of European bistros please the palate with the fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich on a French baguette ($5.99). Closer to home, the Arlington ($7.49) marries hot Black Forest ham, cheddar, and Dijon mustard.