Do You Remember This Machesney Park Mall Restaurant?
My co-host this morning, Tom Leu, talked about his first job being at the corn dog stand in Machesney Park Mall. This lead to me going down memory lane and thinking about Olga's Kitchen.
Olga's was one of my favorite stops as a kid. My grandma would take me there once in awhile and I loved it. I really wish it was still around because now that I'm an adult I could really appreciate some of the unique things on the menu.
If you're not familiar, Olga's was a Greek fast casual place at the mall. This was before fast casual was even a thing. As a kid the only thing I would eat there was the peanut butter and jelly on a pita and their curly fries.
Olga's was one of the first places I'd been to that had seasoned curly fries and I was hooked. The other thing I distinctly remember from Olga's were the spices they had on the table. I believe one was a garlic salt and possibly a cayenne type spice along with the salt and pepper. I couldn't find a clear shot of the spices but you can kind of see them in this picture.
If you have an hankering for Olga's I have some good and bad news. The good news is that there still are some Olga's around and honestly the food looks just about the same as my 6 year-old brain remembers. The bad news is that the closest one is about 2 hours away in Portage, Michigan. There's also one in Alton, Illinois if you want to also see the statue of the tallest man in history.
Now I'm hungry. Going to see if I can find a Zipps drive-thru.