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Jan 28, 2009 09:57 AM

Olivia on S. Lamar

I'm going there with some friends tonight. Any recommendations/comments? Thanks.

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  1. Do a search on this board for "Olivia". There are several threads to read. My impression is nice building but mediocre food. I may be wrong though since I have never been there myself. BTW, whatever happened to AmySueHere?

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    1. re: singlemalt

      Yeah, I searched but the threads were pretty skimpy. I was hoping someone had more recent 411.

      Not sure about AmySueHere. Seems like 55mph slowed down too.

      1. re: chispa_c

        The lamb's tongue appetizer is a must. IF it was me, I'd have a drink at the bar and order that and then go somewhere else for dinner. Unless you can just all split the small plates

        1. re: amykragan

          Is it REALLY lamb's tongue? That just does not sound appetizing at all. I love venison, veal, lamb, etc., but eating another animal's tongue is, well, strange. Hopefully I can find something else. I'll report back.

          1. re: chispa_c

            I promise you won't be disappointed. I am not a big fan of organ meats, but that was by far the best thing on their menu and I was glad I took their suggestion.

          2. re: amykragan

            Frankly, although I once sampled veal cheeks at Lambert's (just passing through with a friend who knew them) when it was on South Congress, I just can't bring myself to eat at a place that serves "veal cheeks" (although they were delicious) or "lamb's tongue." It's just tooo sad.

          3. re: chispa_c

            I'm here. Just busy as hell and haven't tried anyplace new lately. Take that back - went to Daily Grill for their happy hour - meh.

        2. Okay, so I'm just back from my dinner with the girls and I'm a bit tipsy. Bear with me...

          The place is beautiful although I will say that I passed it up the first time I drove past. It's next to the XXX place right at S. Lamar and Oltorf. The entrance is actually toward the back of the place, not the street. I wasn't tipsy when I got there and still didn't figure that out until someone inside poiinted to the entrace to me. Um...

          It's a beautiful place. Lots of nice design elements. The staff is kind and knowledgable. They made great wine recommendations based on all of our little preferences. I loved how the menu clearly states that they proudly support local farms (and they list those places). It reminded me of San Francisco - 4 years ago.

          We ordered salads - the spinach avo and the beet salad. Both were fresh and great. One of us had the braised lamb. It was tender, fall of the bone good. Some of us thought it had too much tomato but others thought it was great. It had a very subtle sweetness to it that only one of us was able to identify right off the bat - cinnamon. We all enjoyed it. Two of us ordered the Hanger Steak and fries. Fries were waaaay good. Homemade ketchup was damn good. One of us sent back our plate because the steak was cold. That plate was returned in less than 5 minutes with a huge apology and a brand new, hot steak. We appreciated it! I ordered the butternut risotto with scallops. The portion was huge and I have lunch for the next two days in my fridge. It was hearty and wonderful. I will admit that when it was placed in front of me, I could smell the scallops - think fishy - and that was kind of a turn off. Everyone else smelled the butternut squash and wanted to taste. Once I ate it - I had no complaints.

          There were some notable folks in the house. That generated some good conversation although we mostly talked about health, men and kids, so...

          Please go check this place out. If you are disappointed in the temp of something, send it back. Give them the opportunity to get it right. They obviously love good, local ingredients. Well worth your time/attention.