LUNCHEON AT THE PURPLE OLIVE

A creative name for a restaurant that serves creative food. Recently a large number of our Summerhouse Snowbird group enjoyed that food at the family-owned Purple Olive Restaurant located in Seaside Plaza 4255 A1A South St. Augustine, Florida. Here are some pictures of the food at a recent luncheon.

Artisanal lettuce, corn, chickpea tossed with sherry vinaigrette as a starter choice

crab bisque topped with a miniature crab cake as a starter choice

We choose from three starter items and then were served an Intermezzo of fresh pineapple with raspberry sorbet. Entrée choices included: Pan-seared salmon over mashed potatoes and wilted spinach topped with lemon sherry crab cream, Sautéed chicken breast with artichoke, caper and lemon sauce over angel hair pasta, Espresso rubbed pork loin topped with port wine mushroom gorgonzola demi-glace served with mashed potatoes, and grilled vegetables and gnocchi tossed with basil pesto.

pineapple and sorbet intermezzo

salmon entree

And, wait until you see dessert – a sampler of key lime pie, berries and zabaglione, and tiramisu. YUM. Absolutely!

The staff did a great job serving a large crowd from a limited menu. The cook deserves special recognition. This restaurant serves dinner from 5 p.m. and tells us they support local farmers and businesses. They have won a number of awards including most recently The Great Chowder Debate, RSVP Chocolate Gala and Chowder Challenge for Children.

One of our group summed it up perfectly when she said, “Love their food and loved seeing all the ladies.”

More info and a full menu at purple-olive.com

4 thoughts on “LUNCHEON AT THE PURPLE OLIVE

  1. Judith

    Chef Kenney and staff certainly go out of their way to please the Summerhouse women … I love the chef’s grill choices … I opt for the duck breast with Meyer lemon hollandaise and potato Vidalia onion gratin … delicious!

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  2. Bernadette Mainzer

    I can attest to the fact that the gnocchi and pesto sauce was delicious. Large gnocchi, perfectly cooked and very tasty. Good portions as well. Also the intermezzo of fresh raspberry sorbet and pineapple was refreshing. Good company and great food. Will definitely try it in the evening hours.

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