Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson plows up the roots of country music, unraveling timeless melodies, ruthless wit, and bone-chilling narratives in his riveting live concert. A true preservationist of classic western music with a blood type of Hank Williams, Jamey's unflinching songs about sour times have earned him multiple Grammy nominations, CMA Song of the Year for "In Color," and countless 10-gallon-hat tips from his peers. Armed with an evocative baritone, Jamey stirs the ghosts of country music past with his trove of odes to broken hearts, empty pockets, and saloon etiquette.
Deftly blending New American and Spanish culinary propensities, Nicaro's menu changes daily to accommodate fresh flavors and culinary innovations. Recent offerings include bold, seafaring starters such as the shrimp bruschetta and the blackened, grilled, or barbecued salmon bites (each $9). The blackened chicken sandwich ($12) is served with steak fries and chipotle aioli, and the tossed house salad ($4.50 for a small and $8 for a large) unites julienne peppers, mushrooms, croutons, and bruschetta tomatoes in the perennial battle against boringly bagged grocery-store salads. The fettuccine with Alfredo sauce and basil pesto ($24) and the grilled vegetable platter ($15) both come stamped with the chef's recommendation.
Like a United Nations of varietals, some of the world’s tastiest wines from countries such as Argentina, Chile, Italy, and France are well-represented within Jackie’s Wine Bar. Connoisseurs savor the unique notes of each pour while investigating the black-framed pictures on Jackie’s coffee-colored walls and the shelves of wine bottles that vie for attention behind the bar by wearing chic designer labels. On Thursday evenings, free salsa lessons invite patrons to set down their glasses and grab their dance partner’s hand; Saturday nights feature live bands that serve dulcet melodies as aromatic bouquets serenade olfactory receptors. Fresh air courses through Jackie’s outdoor patio, where visitors can alternate between sips of wine or beer and bites of sandwiches, desserts, and appetizers.
Peddling potables for almost 20 years, Cleveland Park Wines offers a bevy of grape-centric delights, including organic and kosher vintages as well as champagne and dessert wine. The knowledgeable staff aids guests in picking out a future fermented family, with a variety of red and white wines broken down into pinot noirs, rosés, merlots, cabernet sauvignons, and more. Sniff and swirl the bold and buttery notes of the 2008 Chalone Vineyards Estate chardonnay ($22.99), or realize a resolution to drink more dry fruit by sipping up the XYZIN zinfandel ($15.99). For a more seasonal crash course in Bacchic beverages, Cleveland Park Wines' April offerings include dry rosés from around the world, granting aficionados a passport-less daytrip to exotic vineyards. Grab a bottle of Quinta do Carqueijal ($5.99 on sale), or pair an elegant bottle of Loir Valley, Mareuil J. Mourat, with notes of soft peach and rose petals ($16.49), with smoked salmon. Cleveland Park Wines also plays host to ongoing events, where guests can taste exquisite vintages before snapping up a favorite bottle to fill the shelves of pantries, wine cabinets, or basement speakeasies.