Is Olaf's Open Yet? Anyone been?
Hey Ballardites, has this place opened yet? Anyone who's been there, whatcha think?
As you know, you and I swung by Olaf's tonight in the hopes that both of us could have a couple of beers. What to our (yours and mine) eyes should appear, but seemingly ZERO progress on the buildout since the last time you and I stopped, three weeks ago, and were told by an owner (right into our respective ears) that opening would be that Friday.
Hmmm, should we wonder if they're following the lead of Roux? Don't make me respond to myself again.
Well, Wahine and I sampled Olaf's for a early dinner tonight. We were impressed.
Olaf's offers two burgers, a "Juicy Lucy" ($7, cheddar schmushed between two patties, sriracha mayo, red onion, lettuce and tomato on a toasted Macrina ciabatta), and an "Olaf" ($9, single 1/2 pound patty, aged white cheddar, sriracha mayo, red onion, arugula and tomato on the same ciabatta). We got one of each, and our server asked our doneness preference.
What arrived were seemingly downsized plates, but both burgers were done perfectly to order, thick and juicy-crunchy. They both came with tots, a small number, but 'way better than average tots. With 2 pbr tallboys, $28.
The only offputting thing is that most of their tap handles go $6-7/pint, and the beers aren't esoteric (hence our pbr choice)