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Olga’s Kitchen

August 19, 2011

  • 6650 S. Westnedge Avenue #129
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49024
  • (269) 327-1616
  • Website
  • Menu

We had been holding off on running some errands out by the mall until this afternoon.  Since I worked a day off earlier in the week, I was given today off.  Instead of trying to cram some shopping into the two hours we have off together in the afternoons, we just waited for a day off.

After a quick nap when J got home, we headed towards the mall.  J said she wanted to eat before we did what we had to do.  She then asked about that restaurant at the mall entrance near Gloria Jean’s.

Neither of us had ever been to an Olga’s Kitchen despite the fact there are a couple in Lansing where we used to live.  Olga’s is a Michigan based chain that got it’s start in 1970 in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham.  Olga Loizon made a name for her little restaurant with her unique bread.

The only Kalamazoo area location of Olga’s is inside the Crossroads Mall in Portage.  The restaurant is a little small and has somewhat of a sterile feel to it with the tile floors.  The setup of the space is like most small family restaurants.  There are two distinct dining rooms with tables and booths. 

The hostess station is right at the front door as you walk in from the mall.  We were taken to a booth in the back dining room and given menus to look over.  I ordered a Pepsi and J got an Iced Tea to drink.

The marquee item at Olga’s is the Original Olga which is pretty similar to a gyro.  All of the sandwiches are served on Olga bread which is similar to a pita, but the bread is not stuffed.  It’s treated more like a wrap with the ingredients in the middle and the bread wrapped around them.

I went with the Classic Cheeseburger.  The half pound Angus patty is shaped long and thin to make it fit neatly in the bread.  It’s then topped with cheddar cheese, red onion, dill pickle slices and tomatoes.  The sandwich was quite delicious and the bread is an interesting touch.  It’s not quite a bun yet not quite a tortilla so it gave the sandwich a very unusual taste and texture.  The sandwiches don’t come with a side so I added on an order of Olga’s Seasoned Curly Fries.  The fries were very crispy and had what tasted similar to a Cajun seasoning.  They were a good match with the burger.

J ordered the Turkey Club.  It is served on the Olga Bread with roasted turkey breast, Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo.  J’s usually a pretty big fan of wraps and was a little surprised when I pointed out how the sandwiches were served.  It’s not what she was expecting, but she seemed to like it.  She also got a side of curly fries which were cooked the ways she likes it.

Our bill was a little over $25 and that’s my only complaint about Olga’s.  The reason it was so high was because the sandwich and fries are billed separately.  The price of the sandwich is what I would expect to pay for both.  The food is good and the concept of the wrapped bread is really good.  It’s just more than I like paying for lunch.

Classic Cheeseburger w/Olga's Seasoned Curly Fries

Turkey Club w/Olga's Seasoned Curly Fries

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Helldog permalink
    August 21, 2011 1:26 am

    Oh, dear. Olga’s is a very special place to me. I’m close to moving out of state, and I find myself at Olga’s a little more often than I usually would be. Go with the Original Too Big to Close and go with extra Olga Sauce. Cover the whole thing with Olga Sauce and cayenne pepper and give it a go. Skip the burgers and such and see why they have stood the test of time.

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      August 21, 2011 2:30 am

      It will probably come to no surprise to you that I’m not a huge gyro fan. I like the meat…don’t like the sauce. Olga Sauce was explained to me as something similar to a Tzatziki Sauce…not something I’m fond of.

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