Joe Abdo loves to cook. In 2005, during his retirement, he saw a restaurant for sale. Now, the Olive Tree Restaurant is bringing people from across the county for home-cooked Middle Eastern food. Most of the clientele are students and the main contributors to the daily specials menu. Knowing that they are a little homesick, Papa Joe will make the dishes that remind them of home. He treats his kitchen as an extension of their homes, even wiping down their table and cleaning their dishes. And you really do feel at home. Joe likes to talk to everyone, asking you how you are and how you like the food. Plus, he makes everything fresh. No canned goods in his kitchen! So don’t be surprised if they run out of items. The prevailing wisdom suggests you come early or it will be sold out. Also, the Olive Tree Restaurant has both al fresco dining and an interior dining room.
Your meal begins with homemade pickles and pita bread. Yes, I said homemade. They are so scrumptious! I’m not a big fan of pickles, but the radishes, peppers, olives, and cucumbers were so good and crisp.
To read more and see slideshow, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/review/the-olive-tree-restaurant-is-a-hidden-oasis-of-authentic-middle-eastern-cuisine
Mahalo and hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day!
OC Food Diva