Saturday, October 2, 2010

Restaurant Review: Blue Olive

Brian and I joined friends for Happy Hour last week at the Blue Olive. I enjoyed the food so much that I decided to go back with Chick this past Thursday night for another Happy Hour.

Located on NW 21st, Blue Olive Restaurant — Taste of the Mediterranean is mostly Greek, with several dishes from other Mediterranean countries (the owners are Persian-American). You get all the usual suspects, dolmathes, spanakopita, calamari, saganaki, Greek salad, lamb souvlaki and moussaka but also Middle Eastern favorites like baba ghanouj and falafel.

Stuffed Grape Leaves (dolmathes)

The restaurant/bar are split. The main dining room looked rather stark, but the bar is ambient, with pulsating music and a few tables on the sidewalk that I image are well sought after on a warm summer's evening.

Greek Salad

Happy Hour runs from 3-6, Tuesday thru Sunday and includes succulent garlic prawns ($5), tender chicken kabobs ($5), Sikotakia (chicken livers in tomato sauce, $5) and vegetarian dolmathes (stuffed grapes leaves to die for, $8).

A very reasonably priced happy hour, fair sized portions (excellent for 2 to share). A nice wine, beer and specialty cocktail menu. What a treat to be located in such a great area to explore, then catch happy hour. A definite return, probably to check out the dining room.