The Twisted Olive in Petoskey, MI is a small restaurant that serves “coastal Mediterranean food with a Northern Michigan twist”. The inside is simple and sleek with big windows that provide a beautiful view of Little Traverse Bay. We sat outside on the patio which is in the front of the restaurant since we had a dog with us, plus it was a nice day.
The Twisted Olive actually has 4 menus: breakfast and lunch, which both go from 8 am to 2 pm, an afternoon menu, and a dinner menu. I did see the breakfast (or Cafe) menu and there is an awesome option called “Great Grains” that includes farro, quinoa, steelcut oats, flax seed cereal, walnuts, dried cherries, and brown sugar. We were there at lunch time and ordered off the Bistro (lunch) menu. There are three vegetarian salads. Two of them have goat cheese on them and the third is a caprese with burrata cheese. My mom ordered the Grilled Peach salad and my sister opted for the Caprese salad. Both appeared able to be easily altered to fit a vegan diet. They are not your typical salads as you can see below, but the peaches and tomatoes were delicious. I’m sure the third salad, the Green Goat, would be easy to alter as well.
I was feeling a bit hungrier than a salad, so I got the Veggie Burger. The menu describes it as a burger made with garbanzo bean, lentil, zucchini and carrot, served on naan flat bread with lettuce, tomato, and hummus. There was no mention of a binder used, but I didn’t ask. The burger was great, definitely fresh and made in-house. It came with a little side of orzo pasta but there was some cheese in it. I had a tiny bite to taste and it was rather bland.
The Twisted Olive is a nice restaurant with pretty views inside and a nice dog-friendly patio. It took much longer than we were told for our party of five to be seated and service was average. The hostess did bring us a water dish for our dog which we appreciated. Overall I would recommend eating here with a group of four or less if you want a shorter wait. It’s a great choice for a casual plant-based lunch if you’re looking for a salad or veggie burger.
Ratings from a plant-based eating perspective (1-5 scale, 1=Terrible 5=Excellent)
Ambiance: 4 Service: 3 Choices: 3 Taste: 5 Overall: 4