a visit to the Twisted Olive

Do you ever have a day where you just feel like taking a drive to try out a restaurant in a nearby city?  Well, we thought yesterday was that day to take a leisurely  drive up North to Petoskey.  The weather was warm, but the roads were pretty clear since we had not yet entered the Labor Day weekend rush to Northern Michigan.

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On many of our trips, we never seem to have enough time to check out all of the suggested places to dine.  So, this one was on our radar from a couple of months ago.  The Twisted Olive is a very small establishment located on Bay Street with a view of the water.  It is advertised to have a coastal Mediterranean menu with a Northern Michigan twist.  I would say that is a very good explanation of what to expect when visiting.

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They have several menus to choose from based on the time of day when visiting.  The cafe menu starts the day with typical breakfast offerings, then the bistro menu follows, with an afternoon refresco menu beginning at 3 p.m., and then finally an evening menu.  We dined from the bistro menu and truly enjoyed our lunches.

The salad greens were delicious topped with a roasted garlic balsamic house vinaigrette and sliced grape tomatoes.  Our sandwiches were also tasty–the whitefish puttanesca and the turkey club with lemon basil aioli each were served with an orzo side dish.  Everything was presented well and with the view of the water, it made for a relaxing lunch.

The Twisted Olive also offers some bakery items which we displayed under glass domes as we walked to the back area of the restaurant past the open kitchen.  The presentation was quite lovely.

This lunch inspires me to try more Mediterranean flavors when cooking at home.

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