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Olive bars in DC?

mferng Mar 21, 2012 01:05 PM

A friend of mine is a huge fan of olives but doesn't really seek out food himself, so I was thinking of taking him to an olive bar somewhere. Can anyone recommend a good spot? Doesn't have to be fancy - just a good selection of quality olives. We don't have a car so we are limited to public transportation. Thanks in advance!

  1. agarnett100 Mar 21, 2012 01:14 PM

    Olive bar? Do you mean like Whole Foods or Wegmans? Or a bar that serves drinks and olives?

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    1. re: agarnett100
      woodleyparkhound Mar 21, 2012 02:21 PM

      A place to buy olives: Whole Foods

      A place to have a drink and eat olives: Dino at happy hour

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      Doh Mar 21, 2012 01:16 PM

      Sorry this isn't the same thing, but there is an olive oil bar in Bethesda, a couple doors down from Jaleo (Jaleo, btw, serves some pretty good olives).

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      1. re: Doh
        mdpilam Mar 21, 2012 02:23 PM

        Name? I'm on the hunt for some good olive oil for eating (not cooking).

        1. re: mdpilam
          Doh Mar 26, 2012 06:37 AM

          I couldn't remember the name, but a search for "bethesda olive oil bar" revealed that it is Secolari--


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          Indy 67 Mar 27, 2012 06:58 AM

          Olive oil stores seem to be springing up all over the place. The one in Shirlington is call Ah Love. This place sells estate olive oil along with lots of store brand name infused/blended oils and balsamic vinegars. The new store in Tysons, whose name I don't remember, only sells its own store brand. Their products incude olive oil, infused/blended olive oils, and balsamic vinegars. (The store is located on the lower level between Nordstroms and Bloomingdales.) Both of these stores have good arrangements for tasting.

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          VaPaula Mar 22, 2012 06:13 AM

          If we're talking about grocery stores as well as places to eat them, Fresh Market has a great selection (only been to the Vienna one, but I'm guessing they all have olive bars).

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            Guy Incognito Mar 27, 2012 12:50 PM

            Don't know of any olive bars in DC, but if I remember correctly, Bar Pilar serves a nice bowl of assorted olives. They closed recently for renovations, but I think they have just reopened.

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            1. re: Guy Incognito
              mferng Mar 27, 2012 01:01 PM

              Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

              @Guy I was actually at Bar Pilar last night - didn't notice the olives but will try them next time! They reopened last week and dinner service is now available on the top floor. Pretty exciting stuff.

              1. re: mferng
                PennQ Apr 6, 2012 05:08 AM

                Red Rocks pizza in Columbia Heights and Alexandria serve roasted olives that are excellent. Hot out of the oven with a few herbs. Bext $6 appetizer you can buy to go with a glass of wine.

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                  mdpilam Apr 6, 2012 05:03 PM

                  Well, it's good to hear they can do something well.

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              drewpbalzac Apr 6, 2012 07:06 AM

              Kellari Taverna on K st. has huge bowls of olives out on the bar.

              1. ktmoomau Apr 6, 2012 07:21 AM

                The olives last weekend at Society Fair were some of the best I have had. I am sure you can buy them in their market too. They were marinated really well, and had a lovely variety.

                1. alkapal Apr 11, 2012 04:37 AM

                  good olive selections:
                  harris teeter at ballston (best price, self-serve).
                  lebanese taverna at lee highway and lorcom lane (advantage -- other goodies to be bought….kibbeh, stuffed grape leaves, spinach pies (FAB)….plus other lebanese delicacies (and groceries, too).
                  arrowine in arlington, lee-heights shopping center (better prices at lebanese taverna for olives, though. advantage: fabulous cheese and cured meats selection, friendly service, nice wines to buy, great baguettes from leonora bakery).

                  1. Vespa1 Apr 11, 2012 12:37 PM

                    I can't tell you anything about olive bars but I can tell you a thing or two about olives. Most of the olives I've seen in olive bars are produced be either DeLallo (Fresh Market) or Divina (Wegman's/Whole Foods) and while they are perfectly fine, I would recommend that you look for olives produced by a French company called Barnier Fresh Harvest (available at some, if not all Whole Foods). At Whole Foods at least their ID tag at the olive bar will show "France", "Spain" or sometimes "Tunisia" as the country of origin. One of the things that makes Barnier olives stand apart is that they are not pasteurized before packing and thus they retain a much better texture. I would highly recommend their Picholine and Grand Lucque olives as well as their many olive mixes. Their oil cured olives are sublime! If you like kalamata olives, Divina sells a single-estate Kalamata sold under the name "Messina Estate" and they are the best kalamata's I've tasted.

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