My visit was a couple of months ago, but I'm heading back to the Chapel Hill/Durham area this week and this is one of the spots I'm looking forward to returning to. Hopefully for brunch this time.
The overall atmosphere of this restaurant is what I look for in my travels or even at home. It has an open feel with a little bar tucked into the side when you walk in. In the actual dining room, you can see the kitchen and the expo line. It's got a comfortable but chic look to it. Even with the openness of it all, it doesn't get too loud.
I went the first time for lunch and sat at the bar. I had the Avgolemono and Applewood B.L.T. Amazing. The bartender also mixed me up a drink he hadn't put on the menu yet. Well I hope they added it after I left because it was amazing. I remember fresh muddled berries and a ginger beer added to give the drink a kick at the end. I would've figured it to be a vodka drink, but it was actually tequila. I had not idea there was tequila in it until the bartender told me, and that's how I like it.
They close from 3pm-5pm during the day. I went off to do some work at my hotel for a few hours and decided to return around 5-ish for a glass of wine. I trusted the bartender once again and he served me a wonderful glass of cabernet. I sat at the bar with a glass of wine and my kindle to relax for a bit. A lovely couple sat next to me. Yes. Lovely. They ordered the special of the night.. a sturgeon I believe. It looked amazing, and it was. I would know because the husband offered me some, and when I politely declined, he politely refused my declination and asked the bartender for an extra plate and gave me some of his dinner. They were obviously regulars because when the bartender heard it was the wife's birthday they brought her the Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache Torte. This time I wasn't even given a chance to decline as a chunk of it was taken off her plate and placed in front of me. Like I said.. a lovely couple. I thank them both since both plates were wonderful. The restaurant started to get busy, however, so I decided to head out to give them another seat at the bar since it seemed to be a full house that night.
Two nights later the Duke-UNC game was on, and I decided to head out to watch it. However, I didn't want to get too lost in the crowd of college students, so I went back to Bleu Olive to possibly grab another glass and catch the game. The bartender insisted I try the white chocolate creme brûlée when he found out creme brûlée was my favorite. And I'm so glad he did.
I wouldn't mind being able to take a date or a friend back to The Bleu Olive. However, if I only have my own company while I'm in the Triangle, TBO is welcoming enough that I would return by myself every time.
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