Victory Lane opened just six months ago, but partners Anthony Exadaktilos, Jr. and talented young chef Nick Lavdas come from a long line of restaurateurs. Theirs is a hands-on approach; everything, including the appetizers and desserts, is fresh and homemade.
When my friend Cathy and I stopped in for dinner recently, we were led to a table that overlooked the sunken-in bar area and cozy fireplace. The dining roomÕs pretty oak paneling, booths and vaulted ceiling create a homey, yet modern atmosphere, and the numerous ceiling fans kept the smoke away.
We started with the Half Moon Mozzarella Crisps appetizer, ($4.49), crispy triangles of fried mozzarella served with marinara sauce. Cathy then tried the homemade Corn and Bacon Chowder, which we shared Ñ I couldnÕt keep my spoon away! We also shared my salad, served with a creamy horseradish dressing. The horseradish taste was subtle, with just enough flavor to add a little kick.
All entrees are served with soup or salad, and lunch and dinner specials are also featured daily. Cathy decided on the Pit Row Hamburger ($5.99), a half pound of Angus beef, served with the incredibly delicious Brew City Wide Mouth Fries¨ and cole slaw. I ordered a special entree, the Beef nÕ Beer, a grilled rib eye steak served with an oversized baked potato and fresh broccoli. The juicy, tender steak covered most of the huge plate it was served on, but what was even more incredible was its low price ($9.95)!
Victory Lane is also a great place to kick back and relax, with entertainment on weekends, Family Night on Wednesdays, LadiesÕ Night on Thursdays plus a free happy hour buffet Monday to Friday from 4-7 p.m. Private parties are available; call for details. Most major credit cards are accepted.
Victory Lane Sports Bar & Grill 795 Route 73 S. Berlin 768-5454
Hours Sun. - Thurs.: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fri. & Sat.: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.