THE B-SIDE @ ONE LUCKY GUITAR
One of Fort Wayne’s most rad homegrown companies is One Lucky Guitar, a design and marketing boutique founded by Matt Kelley in 2000. OLG is known in this city and beyond for its inspired and stylish portfolio, but there’s a hidden gem within the walls of its downtown headquarters. The B-Side is an incredibly intimate and crazy cool venue where an array of performances take place. Concerts of all genres, literary readings, stand-up comedy and dance performances are booked in the exposed brick and beam spot that oozes atmosphere. The space is inviting and cozy, almost like you’re sitting in the living room of a really hip friend. Sitting in the second row at the Steve Forbert concert, I could have reached out and touched him (not that I’d do such a thing). Some shows are all ages; some shows are BYOB (or whatever your libation of choice may be). Mandolin Orange, a singing/songwriting duo with bluegrass roots from North Carolina, is scheduled for April 16.Check out upcoming events, buy tickets, look through the show archive and get yourself a T-shirt (downy soft, they are) by going to www.oneluckyguitar.com and clicking on The B-Side at the top. While there, click on The Dial, OLG’s blog, for an always-entertaining peek into its creative world.
PINEAPPLE SALSA @ SALSA GRILLE
The food at Salsa Grille is fantastic and fresh and this locally owned eatery is one of my family’s favorites. But the best thing about Salsa Grille is its … wait for it … salsa. For me, a Mexican meal lives and dies by the quality of the salsa. Pleasing me, salsa-wise, is hard to do (I hate chunks. I loathe onions. I really hate chunks of onions). I was thrilled from the start with the restaurant’s salsa bar. The 12 varieties are freshly made in house and feature unique flavors, and some of them are even smooth, no chunks! While I regularly eat the salsa verde and the avocado salsa, it’s Salsa Grille’s Pineapple Salsa that is my hands-down favorite salsa, possibly of all time. Charred fresh pineapple, lime and smoky chipotle chilies combine to make a sweet and tangy flavor that pairs well with whatever you’ve ordered. The Salsa Bar is complimentary with your food order, but if you want to take some to go (you’ll want to take some to go), specialty salsas start at $2.99 for 8 ounces and premium salsas start at $3.49 for eight ounces. Salsa Grille, 7755 Coldwater Road, is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. (260) 755-6905 or www.salsagrille.com.