Delighted in Oxford
Sometimes friendship starts out as a casual conversation over play dates with young kids. This can then lead to maintaining that friendship long after the kids are grown and off to school. That friendship then turns into a regular lunch date at a favorite place. Our regular lunch spot is Victoria’s Delights in the historic downtown village of Oxford.
Victoria’s is a European style bistro that has been open since 1997. Much of the menu is from scratch soups, sandwiches, entrées and desserts that change with the season. I chose one of the specials—a grilled polenta with chunky tomato sauce, squash, bell peppers, onions and carrots. But the signature menu items, like crêpes filled with savory steak and wild mushrooms or seafood with a creamy lobster sauce, are always a wonderful choice.
My friends and I regularly save room for the dessert crêpe filled with chocolate mousse topped with berries. Victoria’s offers many Michigan wines and beers as well as house-made white and red sangria. Now offering cooking classes, wine school and wine events at a second location in Goodison, Victoria’s has become a mainstay for food and wine in the northern Oakland County area.
Right next door to Victoria’s Delights is Great Lakes Mercantile. This retail store offers only Michigan made gifts, food and beverages. You can find fudge, jams, coffee, chocolate and over 200 varieties of Michigan wines. It is my "go to" place for Pewabic Pottery when I don't have time to drive to Detroit.
The 12-year-old privately owned store is a great place to buy pretty much any variety of Michigan books, greeting cards, jewelry, cutting boards or Petosky stones. So, save a few dollars for some after lunch shopping and support Michigan made.