Sugar and Olives (Norwalk, CT)

“As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices:  take it or leave it”.  ~Buddy Hackett.
As we arrived at Sugar and Olives (located at 21 Lois Street, Norwalk) we noticed the eye catching color schemes of orange and grey on the walls and the comfy looking space. As we took it all in, we were greeted by 2 friendly waitress’ that showed us to our table (a soft, comfortable bright orange couch with a very cool steel table). After a little while, a 3rd waitress arrived and chatted with us about the menu. She told us that they had run out of many of the choices. This slimmed down the already small menu even more. After much thought I ordered the soft, puffy brioche French Toast with a shot glass full of sweet maple syrup for dipping, my mom ordered a Frittata that was whipped to perfection with wilted greens mixed in it, tangy tapenade, and sweet pea sauce. Finally my older brother ordered a thin, moist, delicious chocolate crepe filled with creamy, smooth Nutella. My mom’s dish and my brother’s dish were very good but I don’t think I can say the same about mine. Although the presentation was attractive, it looked better than it tasted, it was quite bland. The atmosphere was extremely modern and cool plus the service was very accommodating and the waitress’ were very nice, although slow and disorganized. The value was fine but costs a little more than it should have for the small portions. I probably would not go back because of the subpar food and extremely small menu. I would rate it ZZZ= 3 Z’s= Average.


Nutella Crepes!


Don’t judge a book by its cover!




2 thoughts on “Sugar and Olives (Norwalk, CT)

  1. Asher! I stumbled across your blog and have really been enjoying it. I have to say: I was amazed to see your review of Sugar and Olives. I went there a few years ago with my younger brother, Dominic (he lives in Southport). Our experience very much mirrored yours: a small menu made even smaller by the fact that they were out of half the items; very nice but very slow/poorly trained waitstaff; subpar food after an incredibly long wait – looked delicious, but tasted meh… We ended up “second breakfasting” at Sono Baking Company in South Norwalk and having a great time. I really enjoyed your reviews of Rincon’s and Pontos. I haven’t eaten at either of those & am always on the lookout for new good spots. If you’re ever headed up towards Sturbridge, MA, I highly recommend checking out BT’s Smokehouse. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint in the middle of nowhere (conveniently next to a gas station), and the food is out of this world. It’s just off exit 3 on I-84N, right before you get on the MA pike. Anyway, great blog. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! It means a lot coming from such a talented a cook, with a wonderful palate! BT’s Smokehouse sounds wonderful, and will be at the top of my list when I go to Massachusetts. I am so glad you have enjoyed my blog, I hope you keep reading,


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