The Anthony Quinn of the food world, the versatile olive has played major roles in Greek, Middle Eastern, and Eskimo cuisine. For $10, today's Groupon gets you $20 worth of authentic Mediterranean cuisine at The Olive Bistro, a cozy café that also serves fresh Middle Eastern fare. Citysearchers voted The Olive Bistro's salads, small plates, and sandwiches second best in Atlanta in 2008. You can redeem your Groupon at either of The Olive Bistro's two homey, friendly locations.
The Olive Bistro's owner, Steve Masri, has crafted a menu of flavorful dishes from his family's recipes. Try some freshly made hummus ($5.99) and a falafel pita sandwich with tahini sauce, lettuce, tomato, and hummus ($5.99, with hummus $6.99). According to Creative Loafing, Olive Bistro's hummus and falafel "have no equal in the city," much like how Data remains Starfleet's only android. The finest olive oil, lamb, chicken, and imported tahini bring out the flavors of moussaka ($9.99), New Zealand lamb kabob ($14.99), Greek chicken pita-pocket sandwiches ($6.99), and the signature Greek salad (starts at $6.99). Nosh on the always-popular gyros with beef and lamb ($6.99), or bump foreheads passing small plates such as stuffed grape leaves ($5.99 and up) and the garlicky Tuscan white-bean salad ($6.99).
There is free parking at both restaurants, so take your time playing improvised condiment chess on the green-checkered tablecloths and enjoying a heaping helping of classic Middle Eastern cookery.
This Groupon is not good toward alcoholic beverages.
Creative Loafing extols The Olive Bistro, saying:
- The hummus and falafel, fried chickpea patties served with tahini, have no equal in the city. As an appetizer, Wayne and I ordered an entree platter that allows you to choose from four dishes on the small-plates menu. Besides the falafel and hummus, we chose baba ghanouj and the roasted, marinated eggplant, probably my favorite here. The platter offers one earthy flavor, lit up with golden olive oil, after another. – Cliff Bostock, Creative Loafing
- I love Olive Bistro for fresh, filling, great prices , great service of high quality, made from scratch, healthy food. I love the owners, they are always around and you can tell that they are involved in everything, it is their food, not a franchise or chain, local owners that love the food and love to share it with us. – culture99, Citysearch
- Great food, great prices, great service. Everything is so fresh. Hommos is the best, smooth, creamy and what a fresh dish..The [sic] eggplant could not be better and the falafel are so big, crunchy. Great spices. – Good Eater, Urbanspoon
Steve Masri is a busy man. If you followed him around for a day, you might find the chef and owner of Olive Bistro hand picking fresh salad greens and high-quality olive oil, lamb, and imported tahini to incorporate into his Old-World family recipes. Masri—who, according to a 2010 review by Meridith Ford Goldman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was born in Sardinia and raised in Israel—works hard to honor his heritage with dishes such as from-scratch hummus and fragrant rosemary chicken. But he also adds his own signature twists, including the daily ravioli special and a tomato-basil sauce that replaces traditional marinara in his moussaka and lasagna.
And Masri's dedication has paid off. His pair of intimate bistros were on CBS Atlanta's 2012 list of the Best Mediterranean Cuisine in Atlanta, and Cliff Bostock of Creative Loafing Atlanta was one of several reviewers to recommend the falafel, saying that it has "no equal in the city." The Midtown location earned three Best of Citysearch awards in 2008 for its salads, sandwiches, and small plates. The bistros' outdoor patios make ideal spots to chat with friends over shared meze and a bottle of wine, or construct a replica of the Parthenon out of sliced eggplant.