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 $9, you get $18 worth of Creole and Caribbean fare and more at The Chez Olga.
Hailing from Haiti, owner Chez 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 plate ward with a siren song of spices adjusted to please patrons’ palates, as well as chicken, multicolor bell peppers, and onions bathed in a juicy red sauce with white wine ($7.99). The goat ragu similarly sates with savory goat meat, mushrooms, onions, and a side of white rice ($10.99).
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, okra, and onions served with an island of white rice ($8.99). Handheld fare can be found with the fried-plantain sandwich, blending savory chicken or beef with sweet, creamy fried plantains, cheese, crisp tomato, and lettuce served with spicy coleslaw ($6.99). 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 circular 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.
- Overall, everything had big, bold flavors making Chez Olga an interesting option and something different in Grand Rapids. – EatingOurWayThroughGrandRapids
- Great food, reasonable prices. Best part though: the service. The waitress was fine, but the owner went out of her way to meet us as well as every other group in the restaurant. – Mike M., Yelp, 8/29/10
1441 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506Get Directions