Taste of the Game: Homecoming in Oxford

Photo courtesy of Ravine Facebook
Photo courtesy of Ravine Facebook

Well it’s Homecoming week, Rebels. I decided that this week we could explore Oxford outside of the Square and head a few miles down the road for a rustic elegant setting.

Of course, this week is going to be about intermingling Game Day rowdy friends and fine dining. This week we are heading to that gem nestled among the beautiful Mississippi Oak and Pine to the exquisite setting of The Ravine.

What I always love about the Ravine is it seems like you are in another place that soothes your soul and palette that you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the Square.

What entices me to the Ravine is that its establishment paints an elegant but homely picture for their patrons. Not to mention that with seating for 70 it allows you to enjoy Southern fine dining with an intimate feel which is the perfect place for a dinner date or enjoying an exquisite dining experiencing with your closest friends and family.

Not to mention if you want to enjoy the Ravine and Oxford for more than just dining then you can also arrange accommodations at The Inn @ The Ravine so it is really a great package deal for a game weekend.

The Ravine’s signature Southern cuisine will never disappoint not matter what you choose from their delectable menu. Most of their ingredients are locally grown and the patrons can enjoy a gorgeous view on their terrace that overlooks their gardens. Patrons will also be treated to a new menu weekly and unique menu features such as Wednesday evenings dedicated to Tapas and a great to wrap up a game day weekend in Oxford with their Sunday Brunch or prix fixe family suppers so your palate will be fully satisfied.

This menu is unique because it is Southern comfort with a flare. Options on its main menu come in different sizes, depending what you are in the mood for. I am going big or going home with my selection off the large plate menu of grilled filet of beef, white cheddar mashed potatoes, sauce bordelaise. It’s hearty, filling and pair it with one of their signature cocktails for a delicious combo. I would recommend the classic {lower east side Manhattan} Maker’s Mark infused with vanilla bean and citrus peel, a splash of sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters and Morello cherries. Their signature libations will quench your thirst.

Since it’s the Homecoming weekend with an 11 a.m. kickoff, you may not be able to make it on Game Day with an early start at all. If it’s just full before you get there then I recommend the Sunday Brunch or their dinner selection. If you do make it to brunch, then why not try their beef tenderloin mini-burgers on yeast rolls with red onion jam, bleu cheese or arm orange crepes filled with peaches, whipped cream.

If you need a few extra hours to sleep then try their amazing Sunday Supper selection which is great deal. I recommend the prix fixe: one large plate and any two (small, middle or dessert). That way you can sample a bit of everything delectable on their menu.

Don’t wait till the last minute to make reservations which are highly recommended. Have a great Homecoming Rebels and of course Hotty Toddy!

For more info on The Ravine visit them online at www.oxfordravine.com or call them at (662) 234-4555. It is located at 53 Pea Ridge Road in Oxford. Its hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 6 to 9 p.m. with Tapas menu on Wednesdays; and Sunday brunch at 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Sunday supper from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo is a HottyToddy.com contributor, veteran SEC sports journalist and Brown University graduate. She loves good cigars, good games and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order. She can be reached at misskentuckyus2011@gmail.com.

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