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Restaurant Review: Olivers Burgers Steaks & Bourbon

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Olivers Burgers Steaks & BourbonAll photos by Mollie Lyman.
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Olivers is a new spot downtown from FAB Dining.

FAB dining destinations are known for their distinctly over-the-top fabulous décor. Do up some gold swirls, add a few checks and some velvet -and you might have something that blends with the luxe decor at a FAB-establishment. Olivers, meanwhile, has a different look. For starters, it has lots of television sets. This makes sense, as Olivers is a sports bar. While the joint’s light fixtures might betray the work of an uber-creative artist, its decor is mostly defined by rustic brick walls.

And while Olivers clearly has the television sports scene going, it’s also made a serious commitment to bourbon. You can buy flights of bourbon, or you can go slower with two ounce hits of house-infused, small-batch bourbons in variations that include Almond and Clove and Honey with Cayenne and Thyme.

On top of all that, there’s also a well-developed menu for diners. Olivers is worth a whirl, even if you don’t like television sets, and even if you’re not a bourbon fan.

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The favorite starter so far has been the Beef Egg Rolls ($10). First, the egg rolls (two) are as big as fried burritos: sheer quantity is something wonderful in itself. Inside the crispy shell is a fantastic melange of beef and cabbage and a few little noodles, all with a vaguely Asian flair.

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For those who must have wings, there are more conventional Twice Cooked Chicken Wings ($9). They’re sizable knobs, with a few sauce options, the bourbon version seems the obvious choice -and it works well.

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The Mac and Cheese Burger ($11) is sort of fun. A big patty (the menu says it’s a half-pound, and that looks about right) is covered with a heap of mac and cheese, shards of bacon and finished with thoughtfully shredded greens. At the end of the day, it is an unholy mess of a meal, but it certainly fills any need for a burger.

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Meanwhile, the Chorizo Burger ($11) is a little tidier, and honestly, just as big. It’s decked out with an egg, manchego and some avocado sauce. The chorizo sausage makes the burger especially savory in an addictive way. Beyond that, there is a whole burger section on the menu: it includes various incarnations of the classic involving, egg, bison and lamb.

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Alternately, there is a no-meat section on the menu, it includes The Fluffernutter ($8), which was another source of great gustatory joy. What lifts it above other Fluffer Nutter sandwiches (a combination of marshmallow creme and peanut butter) is the fact that Olivers’ version gets the french toast treatment. The bread is dipped in egg and fried, and the approach gives the sandwich extra body and depth to go with the sweet charge of its fillings.

Early incarnations of the menu had a version of Chicken & Waffles ($14) that featured a sweet little fried half of a cornish hen perched atop deep pocketed waffles. The latest menu retains fried chicken (though not in mini-cornish form) at the same price point, and serves it with the the swirls of the creamy macaroni and cheese that was much appreciated as a burger topping.

You can find Olivers in Lynn Alley, just off of its street address at 26 N. High. Online reviews suggest that the Olivers team has some difficulties during rush times. Things moved very smoothly during the visit at off-peak hours.

For more information, visit www.oliversonlynn.com.

Photos by Mollie Lyman of www.fornixphotography.com. Photos are taken at a different time than review, so discrepancies between photos and review may occur.

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6 Responses to Restaurant Review: Olivers Burgers Steaks & Bourbon

  1. MichaelC
    MichaelC July 23, 2014 9:42 am at 9:42 am

    This is my favorite of the “FAB” restaurants. The food isn’t better than de Novo’s, but this fills the biggest need for this Downtown resident and worker.

    I envision many a Saturday afternoon here in the fall, and many other times well before then.

  2. ejolsz
    ejolsz July 23, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am

    I am glad they are opening restaurants downtown, but I have generally been disappointed by the food at ‘Fab’ restaurants (had a meal at their french place right before it changed concepts and with even low expectations was let down). My one meal at Olivers wasn’t that great, but hopefully they were still working out some kinks. Also, thought the lunch price point was bit high in that it was $4 for a side with a sandwich. Still, having a place with TVs downtown is a nice addition so I imagine I will be coming here from time to time.

  3. edg126 July 23, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm

    I was quite disappointed with the food last week. Just average at best for the price. I don’t think I’ll be back for lunch anytime soon. It does have a great TV setup though.

  4. siriomi
    siriomi July 23, 2014 3:40 pm at 3:40 pm

    We went for dinner on a rainy Saturday evening (I think it coincided with Comfest), and we enjoyed the bourbon flights… holy crap they give you enough that if you were to drink everything, you couldn’t drive. So that was pretty awesome.

    We liked the twice-cooked chicken wings; I preferred the jerk flavor, others preferred the bourbon.

    It was kind of annoying to get a burger and then have to select a side… we’d rather get the burger with a larger cost if we knew it came with a side.

    Best part of Oliver’s was the bourbon flight, by far.

  5. tolemac5050
    tolemac5050 July 26, 2014 8:49 am at 8:49 am

    Fyi..it appears that FIN the sister restaurant is for sale…

  6. Not that Tom July 29, 2014 1:02 pm at 1:02 pm

    The Mac and Cheese Burger was delicious

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