The Olive Tree on Stratford Road has been serving quality fast food since 1997. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We picked up dinner on Sunday for our Netflix movie night. You’ll find burgers, subs, hot dogs, sandwiches, pitas, salads, pasta, Greek dinners like souvlaki, spanakopita, kotopita, and several southwestern options on the menu. Have cash or a check on hand; they don’t take debit or credit cards. We had already decided what we were going to order using the online menu. Several folks were in front of us, but the line moved quickly. The cashier was friendly and answered several questions we had (Yes, the baklava is made in-house). Even with a couple of people ahead of us, our order was ready in no time. The cashier double checked the food, matching everything back to our order, and we headed home with our victuals.
Mom had the Taco Burrito with a side of Pinto Beans. The grilled burrito was stuffed with ground beef, cheese, beans, salsa (tomato, green pepper, onion), and sour cream. It had a light spiciness, just the right amount of zing for Mom. If you want it hotter, there are several bottles of hot sauce you can choose from on the counter. The pinto beans had been topped with cheese, were well seasoned, and had a texture and consistency like they had simmered all afternoon.
Dad opted for the Rueben on Rye and Potato Salad. The potato salad was a bit different than what we are used to. The potatoes were very finely chopped and quite soft. Potato, red onion and pimento had been dressed with a creamy sauce. The Rueben was on grilled rye bread with tangy sauerkraut, lean corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, and a homemade dressing similar to Russian and 1000 Island. Dad enjoyed his sandwich. We’ll ask if they can do an up-charge next time, so we can get double meat.
I ordered the Triple Decker Club. At $6.75, it’s one of the more expensive items on the menu and well worth it. It was a large sandwich of ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss, American, lettuce, tomato and mayo on three slices of toasted bread. The Olive Tree club was a perfectly prepared classic. I ate every bite and loved it. My side of Coleslaw was made of extremely fine grated cabbage, a bit of carrot for color and tossed in a sweet mayonnaise dressing.
Jerry had the Gyro Pita and Onion Rings. The bottom half of the pita had been wrapped in paper to help hold it together while you ate. I like that trick because my filling always falls out. Now if I could only figure out how to eat a hard shell taco without it breaking apart. The Greek seasoning on the tender gyros meat stood out. It was a well-balanced grilled pita with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced green onions, and creamy tzatziki. The crunchy, sweet onion rings were a medium cut, and we all snitched a few from the large order.
We splurged, and everyone indulged in a piece of baklava for dessert mid-way through the movie. The flaky sheets of paper-thin pastry were soaked with sweet honey syrup and had a layer of spiced, chopped nuts in the middle. We were so full, but all of us finished this scrumptious Middle Eastern treat. The next time you want fast food, skip McDonalds and try The Olive Tree. You’ll be happy you did.