After Megan Goodmundson told me Olympic Cafe Plus had frog legs I had to stop by and give the second Olympic Cafe location a try. I hesitated, though, some friends and neighbors on Facebook were outraged about one of their delivery drivers who reportedly whipped out his weenie and urinated on the fence at 1121 Russell, laughing about it, making no attempt to be inconspicuous in front of two women and a child.
To be fair, after the owner of the cafe was called (or some guy with a thick middle eastern accent who MIGHT be the owner) he sounded "genuinely horrified and apologetic." The little pink placard you can just barely see in this photo advertises for a driver so, well, maybe their "freshly squeezed urine delivery dude" no longer works for Olympic.
And why am I memorializing this incident for all time before reviewing the frog legs? Because...
...social media is a powerful thing, and it's being harnessed by the forces of Northside revitalization. Even a few years ago, incidents like this had to be endured after making the record with a futile 911 call. Now the internet gives us the power to publicize incidents like this to legendary proportions and roll back the tide of uncivilized behavior.
So in regard to their menu; it's as affordable as you'd expect of a West Broadway deep fried food joint but also has a tendency toward the unique and exotic. Though zucchini sticks are becoming more of a common item in many fried food places, I was delighted to see frog legs and such fish offerings as mahi pieces, sword fish steaks, sole and grouper filet, whole corvina fish, pollock, whiting, baramundi and cod. I had to look up a couple of those fish on the internet.
Olympic also has chicken gizzards, which is an earthy and acquired taste, but if you can't keep fried food out of your diet they're a good choice because you use up so many calories chewing. On the night in question I ordered frog legs, pictured below along with fries and a couple humble slices of what might be Wonder Bread.
The cafe is still new and nice inside, so enjoy it before all the drug dealers from West Broadway get their butt sweat all over the seats.
Here's a shot of the outside with its nice new neon and windows.
So the other day I was thinking how there's so much fried food on West Broadway, and a lot of people complain about the lack of salads or "sit down" restaurants. But what if we just EMBRACED all that greasy food? Imagine if we had a "fried food zombie crawl" and people dressed like zombies had to visit each fried food joint from one end of West Broadway to the other.
"Brains?" the zombies would ask, hopefully.
At every location, one zombie would buy an entree and all the zombies would descend upon it, making zombie sounds, Ooooooooooooooooggggggggghhhhhh.
You could have a t-shirt for the event.
I SURVIVED THE WEST BROADWAY FRIED FOOD ZOMBIE CRAWL.
But, I say, why save the promotion for one night of the year? We have a corridor of affordable and delicious fried food that runs for MILES. Let's promote the "West Broadway Fried Food Corridor" and reach out to chubby but fun loving people all over the region.
And if we ever do get that high class, sit down restaurant on West Broadway...
Maybe it will start out as "upscale fried" with a sideline in healthy entree offerings.
In any case; Johnny Northside blog welcomes Olympic Cafe Plus to West Broadway. Be sure to tell all your drivers to keep it in their pants.