'wiches outshines the average deli, and locals have taken notice. Since the shop’s opening in 2009, it has been repeatedly crowned a top contender for Best Soup and Sandwich by WDIV Detroit and Best Deli in Oxford by the Oxford Leader.
'wiches stacks its sandwiches with layers of deli meats and cheeses, crisp veggies, and flavorful condiments atop freshly baked bread or gluten-free bread. Signature sandwiches include the Porky's Revenge with house-smoked pulled pork, apple-smoked BBQ sauce, and coleslaw. Soups, salads, cookies, and other baked goods round out the menu, and most can be made gluten-free. The sandwiches and sweets also profit the people that purchase them, since 'wiches has donated more than $7,500 to local nonprofits.
Inspired by the Italian cafés lining the streets of Europe, the dreamers behind Pizzeria Dolce populate their menu with gourmet specialty pizzas as well as paninis, calzones, and strombolis. Daily-made, fresh dough underlies each traditional or gourmet topping, such as artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and pesto sauce. The staff is consistently friendly and warm, unlike an iceberg grumpy about all those boats aiming for it. Pasta dishes such as lasagna and shrimp-scampi ravioli round out the menu or fill catering platters alongside party trays of veggies and meats. The lunch and children’s menus dole out afternoon feasts and smaller portions, respectively, which can also be carried out or enjoyed by skiers sliding in from the slopes of the nearby Pine Knob Ski Resort.
Tracing its lineage back to 1939, Lelli’s remains in the hands of its original founders, the Lelli family, and continues its culinary tradition of rich, Northern Italian steak-house fare. Skilled chefs and servers prepare and present à la carte dishes such as juicy filet mignon, fresh seafood, and house-made egg pastas draped with rich tomato and cream-based sauces, or bookend European-style six-course meals with antipasto and palate-cleansing spumoni. The dimly lit dining room plays host to private events, corporate dinners, and family meals, and frames feasts with light that glints from candles and crystal chandeliers, reflecting off of cherry-wood furnishings and roosting in the folds of alabaster tablecloths.
A miniature locomotive passes beneath the shadow of a towering monkey statue. Nearby, a python-shaped roller coaster zooms past oversized ferns and a yawning hippo. Tropical accents like these define Jeepers!’s frenetic, color-saturated space, which, in addition to five amusement park rides, entertains tykes aged 18 and younger with more than 80 arcade games. Once kids have expended their excess energy, families can retreat to the concession stand and refuel with a menu of pizzas and burgers.
Valentino’s satisfies pasta pangs with an extensive menu of authentic, homemade Northern Italian dishes. Guests can slide into the dining experience with the spedieni, a layered concoction of bread, mozzarella, and egg paired with lemon, olives and a butter sauce ($6.95) or dive right in with Salmon Antonio’s ensemble of grilled artichoke hearts, garlic, and capers in a succulent lemon white-wine sauce ($18.95). Homemade meat-and-cheese lasagna ($14.95) invites traditional gorging, whereas the linguine alla vongole, an aquatic pasta dish of fresh littleneck clams in a white or red clam sauce ($15.95), sates seafarers. Elegant white tablecloths and chandeliers set the stage for noodle tug-of-wars to decide who gets the last meatball, and sweets such as a cannoli or tartoufo—a dollop of vanilla ice cream surrounded by frozen chocolate mousse—cap off meals.