Discover Olivia’s Chophouse in Jonesville, Michigan

We explored some of Michigan’s highways and byways. We ended up on US 12 Heritage Route, an east-west corridor, from Detroit to New Buffalo, which leads history buffs and automotive enthusiasts on an adventure through time.

About mid-way, near Jonesville, the family and I decided it was time for lunch. That’s when we discovered Olivia’s Chophouse.

Olivia’s Chophouse History

In 2001, Hillsdale county native Wayne Babcock opened the Chicago Water Grill, named after the intersecting streets where it stood.

For eight years, the Chicago Water Grill was a destination restaurant where people came to enjoy a night of fine dining. Unfortunately, in November 2009, a fire destroyed the restaurant.

Wayne collaborated with various designers and architects to create a modern atmosphere with a fine-dining experience during the rebuilding. A year-and-a-half after the fire, Olivia’s Chop House opened in the same location.

The Dishes

We had a daily special, house-made red skin potato chips for our appetizer, which resulted from a purchase of too many red skin potatoes, with a house-made ranch dip.

The salad starts with chopped romaine lettuce, tossed with halved purple grapes and cubed gala apples. Candied pecans and blue cheese crumbles accent the salad.

Romaine Waldorf Salad

On top, they layered pieces of thinly sliced prime rib, crisp bacon, and Colby Jack cheese for an abundance of protein.

The Conquest with French Onion Soup

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