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Address: Essex, CT

Gourmet food and cigar shop.

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always yummy!

This is the place to get a great sandwich, salad or soup in town. The people are all very nice, the selection changes all the time and the food is very fresh. I often go in and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2016
Chester, Connecticut
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Chester, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

This is the place to get a great sandwich, salad or soup in town. The people are all very nice, the selection changes all the time and the food is very fresh. I often go in and see them preparing wonderful things for the take out shop or their catering (which is also wonderful). I highly recommend Olive Oyls...i only... More 

Thank LoPo16
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Always a good meal! Friendly service, great selection of gourmet foods. Their selection of prepared food changes daily.

Thank clarkewhite
Essex, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Somewhat tucked away but just off Main Street and near The Gris is your source for terrific breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Ice cream and snacks are also available. You get an old time and small town feeling as you enter this place. Sandwich names and descriptions are on the board or ask for a custom version. There's a bench outside... More 

Thank JackX729
St. Barthelemy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Great take out foods for lunch or to serve on the boat. A very busy location in the summer months. Awesome local ice cream flavors. Highly recommend.

Thank islandmap
Rhinebeck, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Was staying in Essex and while waiting to go on the steam train and boat decided to have a bite to eat with friends which is when we took nite of Olive Oyls. The outside is deceiving to how totally cute the inside is. It is brimming with just plain adorableness and you just feel good looking at all their... More 

Thank j g
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012 via mobile

Best Lunch I've had in a long time! Couldn't decide! Had the Charlie Tuna on Cranberry Walnut Bread, so Fresh and Filling! Lots of variety and they support local food vendors like Ashlawn Farm Coffee. They carry Zapp's Chips which I haven't seen since I've been down south! Yum!!!! 5 Stars!

1 Thank EatnEnjoy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

It can't be beat for sandwiches, baked goods, and its many, many salads. They also serve iced coffee and homemade iced tea, and ice cream that is handmade in Old Lyme. Breakfast sandwiches are incredible, and they get H&H bagels delivered from Brookyln. I love Olive Oyls, it is truly one of my favorite places to get food.

1 Thank Julia M
Chester, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

I've come here a few times over the years. I know people that adore the food here. I think it's okay. I like Bun on the Run or Bennies' more though. I ordered lunch here a few weeks ago. I ordered my sandwich toasted... it was toasted when I got it- but it was cold! And the sandwiches were not... More 

Thank Faye P
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I stopped here while I was kayaking along the Connecticut River. Perfect spot to stop.Left my boat along the shore and walk a few blocks to Olive Oyl's for breakfast. Memorable!!!!

Thank Boston2Bronx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

To grab a bite to eat. Good service and better foods!!! Worth a stop ir two...

Thank brynulf

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