While many enjoy the spicy, tangy dishes of the islands, most find the flavor of the physical Caribbean both salty and offensively sandy. Feast on digestible fare with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Creole and Caribbean fare and more at The Chez Olga.
Hailing from Haiti, owner Olga Benoit blends fresh, preservative-free ingredients to craft authentically colorful and flavorful Creole and Caribbean dishes. The signature dish of Creole chicken lures mouths plateward with a siren song of spices adjusted to please patrons’ palates, combining chicken, multicolor bell peppers, and onions bathed in a juicy red sauce with white wine ($8.99). Instead of mouth combing waters for a fill of krill, divers in search of offshore sustenance can plunge into a bowl of gumbo brimming with shrimp or chicken in a bath blended with spices and served with an island of white rice ($9.99-$10.99). Handheld fare can be found with the fried-plantain sandwich, blending savory chicken or beef with sweet, creamy fried plantains, served with spicy coleslaw ($7.99). Diners can temper the heat of each dish with a plethora of island-inspired potables, such as blended papaya and passion fruit ($3.99), or stave off food comas with a cup full of Haitian hot coffee ($1.50).
The Chez Olga's facade excites eyeballs with memorable, organic architecture invoking a woodland fairytale. With a teardrop glass window in the door, an enormous, ornate rose window and intriguing angles meeting flowing lines, the structure is sure to stop passersby long enough for enticing aromas to draw them inside or remind them that their television is still on fire.
1441 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506Get Directions