The Victory is a great addition to the Division-Clinton neighborhood! It is a friendly place with a warm and cozy atmosphere, excellent food and a nice selection of yummy wines. If you are expecting an all you can eat buffet with TGIF spirit button service, this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for a low key place with healthy (good for you healthy, not pig out huge) portions of deliciously prepared foods this is the perfect place to go. The mussels are amazing! The spaetzle, out of this world! and i overheard a regular raving about the short ribs, but you have to get them soon cause they are off the menu as of this Thursday. What is nice about the Victory is that although the menu is not huge, everything is good! The days of all you can eat bread is over, so paying a buck fifty for yummy local bread is no big deal if you prefer quality over quantity. I loved the alcohol selection - locally made vodkas and gins - and their own lavender infused vodka - yum! The wine list is equally intriguing and affordable with a nice mix of local, spanish, french and italian wines. What is nice about the list is that Amalie has done alot of the heavy lifting for you by selecting a nice variety of the best wines -so instead of spending all of your time flipping through an endless list of wines, you can focus on drinking and enjoying the wine. It is nice to see a good beer list too - short and simple - with my favorite Belgiums on hand. Expect this place to get even better with time as little changes are always being made and some of the kinks are worked out (the kitchen is a bit cluttered and the bathrooms are not super comfy (candles and some artwork would be nice). I like things simple and slow. I like to linger. I prefer good food to too much food, i like kicked back, knowledgeable service and i don't like to feel intimidated by the wine list. For all of these reasons and more, i will be going back to the Victory again and again and again.
Pros: food, wine, ambience, service, selection, portions, simplicity
Cons: if you want a huge menu and huge portions this is not the place for you