The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of boring, inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of artful contemporary fare and beverages at Olive's Restaurant & Bar in Gaslight Village.
Under the culinary captainship of executive chef Erin Jeffers and chef/owner Dan Weiskopf, Olive's Restaurant & Bar treats diners to a seasonally changing menu that emphasizes local ingredients and dynamic flavor compositions. Invoke the power of the color deities with green goddess hummus ($9), or kick off a mouthy Mardi Gras with New Orleans fried green tomatoes, crusted with cornmeal and served with Creole shrimp remoulade ($10). Disarmingly named "whimpy burgers" ($9), a trio of two-ounce sliders gives taste buds beefy bear hugs with a combination of bacon, blue-cheese aioli, and onion jam, while pan-seared skate ($18) does a perfectly palatable triple axel on the tongue. A truncated lunch menu does away with the entrees but adds an enticing selection of sandwiches to meet daytime appetite demands.
Like the edible options, Olive's wine list changes with the seasons, working in concert with a specialty martini list to make sure diners never feel the throat-stinging agony of thirst. Have a seat on the three-season deck to pair your feast with the great outdoors, or escape the accusing glares of sparrows by grabbing a table on either of Olive's indoor seating levels.
GRNow reviewers give Olive's a 3.9-star average rating:
- This is one place I can confidently say that I walk away satisfied after each visit, and I look forward to returning. – irunsoicaneat
- The service was great- there were eight in our party, and each one of us felt more than taken care of. Also, being a wino, I personally appreciated the great selection of varieties and prices. – Maria M.