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For over a year, a new, popular, and locally immersed gourmet restaurant has generated a lot of buzz. The Big Ragu wanted to see what all the excitement was about. We knew a Food Adventure was imminent, but we decided to wait until the dust settled.
The name of this trendy spot is Olive, an Urban Dive and is located on East Third Street in the refurbished former Wympee building . The Big Ragu first experienced the brilliance of Owner Kim Collett and the staff of Olive at the “Dayton’s Most Delightful Dessert” contest at Carrillon Park. Olive won critics choice and peoples choice awards for best dessert, essentially sweeping the event.
First off, this place is unique. The outside decor is a cool retro vibe, while the interior is a warm inviting modern atmosphere. Olive even has a patio with fresh herbs growing on the perimeter. The friendly serving staff is knowledgeable. They know a lot about the food and enjoy eating at Olive themselves. The menu has a grass roots flair and offers many choices to vegans and gourmets alike.
Food Adventures like places that keep things local. Olive, an Urban Dive does this by using local produce and meats whenever possible. Supporting local farmers is a good thing! Olive make’s their hot chocolate using Esther Price chocolate. The restaurant offers wedding cake every day for dessert! They serve grass fed beef and only use free range chickens or as Olive’s advertising says “we chase chickens.” Something to be aware of: they do not serve alcohol or syrup drinks, but have a BYOB policy so you can bring in your own favorites.
Our tip: visit them for lunch to get the best bang for your buck. Weekday lunch hours are 11am-3pm and they have a popular brunch on Saturdays from 10am-3pm. Olive only serves dinner Thursday – Saturday from 5-10pm.
The best way to see what Olive has to offer is to look at each of the pictures we have posted in the albums. Our favorites were the mozzarella cheese bites, seared ahi tuna, fried leeks, grilled tuscan cheese and the summer squash soup. Make sure you click on each picture and browse our photo album, the food speaks for itself.
Have you been to Olive, An Urban Dive? Please comment below and tell us about your experience!
Dayton Most Metro Contest
We have a $20 gift certificate to give away to a lucky winner – simply fill out the form below and then leave a comment telling us if you’ve ever tried Olive, An Urban Dive. We’ll pick a random winner some time over the weekend – GOOD LUCK!
Congratulations to Hunter Johnson – he is our winner!