Friday, September 12, 2008

Oliver's Eatery: A Mini-Review

Oliver’s Eatery
4727 Frankford Rd. #373
Dallas, TX 75287

I’m not going to do a full-blown review of this little neighborhood spot in West Plano, but it is a place I find myself lunching at fairly often, and I thought it deserved a shout-out. Oliver’s is located about a ¼ mile East of the Tollway on Frankford, and runs on order-at-the-counter-style service, making it a convenient lunch place for anyone working in the Plano area.

I have eaten at Oliver’s many times over the past few years, but there are a few dishes that I always find myself wanting to order. The first is their Sweet Maple Salad, which combines grapes, sliced apples, mandarin oranges, candied walnuts and feta cheese on top of mixed field greens. The salad is dressed with their homemade sweet maple vinaigrette. The sweetness of the apples, grapes and walnuts contrasts nicely with the slight bite of the oranges and the saltiness of the Feta, making this salad a sweet-and-salty lover’s dream. I’m also a sucker for salads with fruit, so this one had me anyway.

If I’m not feeling as virtuous, their pizza is also very good. My favorite is the Vegetarian Pizza with roasted tomatoes, olives, spinach, garlic, mushrooms and feta (hmmm, I’m sensing a feta theme here). The veggies are fresh and flavorful, and the crust is thin and neither soggy nor burnt-tasting, my two biggest crust pet peeves. It’s just crisp enough while still giving you a satisfying chew. The individual size pizzas are very generous, and if you pair it with a side salad, you can easily bag half and take it home for a late-night bite or an easy lunch.

My last favorite is definitely a bit of an indulgence, but on a day where you are in need of some comfort food, it definitely hits the spot – the Sun-dried Tomato Penne. This slightly al dente penne is tossed in a rich, creamy mushroom sauce with a nice kick of sun-dried tomato flavor. The pasta also has sun-dried tomatoes and wild mushrooms thrown in for extra flavor and texture. Topped with shredded parmesan cheese, this rich pasta definitely satisfies the ailing soul.

If you’re ever in the area—yes, we are aware that people occasionally venture or even live north of 635—I definitely recommend that you give Oliver’s a shot.


Jennifer said...

The Penne sounds very yummy! If I am ever in West Plano, I may have to stop there for lunch.

Classy&Sassy said...

Nice review! I had an indulgent Italian lunch myself today, so this totally hit home.

Anonymous said...

This is a great spot! I love their tuna salad sandwich....very tasty!

Food Czar said...

FoodiePrincess, you must either live or work near me. I'm just over the border from West Plano in The Colony, and this would entail a trip south, not north. Thanks for the neighborhood recommendation!