As a travel writer " Europe Unguided" and traveler that has eaten in more bistro's than I care to remember, I can honestly say you cannot go wrong at the Olive.They say that the more things change the more they stay the same,in this case that is -wrong. the ex- operator here tried to be something that they never quite pulled off.The new owner-operator Kirsten Okeefe and her staff have hit a home run. The location is perfect small, semi quaint, not overly decorated and has a view of Little Traverse Bay to die for. They serve Breakfast, lunch and now dinner as well as doing limited catering. I had their bloody Mary "unusual condiments and very good". We had been shopping so we stopped for a late,early afternoon, Brunch. We chose the bloody Mary omelete (eggs olives,scallions,cheese and bloody Mary concasse served with perfectly done truffle roasted potatoes), and the croque madame sandwich ( french ham,provolone, bechamel sauce etc excellent. the menu consists of some regular choices with taste twists and many bistro style sandwiches salads etc. The portions are large and we took some home with us.
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