Let's Eat at 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 serves upscale gourmet meals that include steak and seafood specialties. That said, you’ll find more casual daily specials like Taco Tuesday and Pizza Thursdays.

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.

Part of what makes Oliva’s special is presentation. The chef presented the bowl of chips and dip on a rectangular white plate lined with black paper napkins.

Olivia’s Chophouse is a 7,800 square-foot restaurant decorated in blue, brown, and cream shades in a cheerful, modern atmosphere. The painted concrete floors add to the contemporary vibe.

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.

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