he Secret Life of... Cajun and Creole" on the Food Network featured Olivier's famous gumbos as one of the episode's centerpieces, including a gumbo "taste-off" in which Armand Olivier Sr.'s recipe came out on top.
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The Southern Foodways Alliance & Tabasco have created The Southern Gumbo Trail, an oral history on gumbo -- its roots, its true ingredients, its tried-and-true recipes -- featuring Armand Olivier Jr. and Armand Olivier III in an extensive interview, and Olivier's is proud to have been included. Go to Southern Gumbo Trail to read what they had to say or to listen to an audio clip.
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"Adored by legions of friends and customers who have followed the Olivier family’s culinary odyssey over the years, a whole new fan brigade has developed who have more recently discovered the eatery."
Mama Jeanne Gaudet Doublet and her descendants have been recognized as some of the world's finest Creole culinary artists. The original turn-of-the-century recipes have been passed down intact, so Olivier's prides itself on offering what is arguably the most authentic Creole food in the country. With moderate prices, generous helpings and a fine wine list, the only thing that could make your meal any better is if you're lucky enough to meet the family themselves."
Rob Fontenot, reviewer, AOL City Guide
"They set a 'nice table' at this family-run eatery with 'great Creole cuisine' ... 'solid and reasonably priced entrees,' and locals appreciate that 'although it's in the French Quarter, it's not a tourist trap' ... it's a real taste of 'old-fashioned New Orleans.'"
"An ‘A’rating based on all customer reviews … 100% of customers say they would return."
"Classic crawfish etouffe is a specialty at the upscale Olivier's on Decatur Street."
from an article on Creole cuisine featuring two of Olivier's recipes
Editors’ Choice: Best Creole Restaurant
"Olivier's ... serves some of the best Creole cuisine in Nawlins ... (and they) have won legions of fans worldwide."
"Fifth-generation country Creole brought to the city in style."
"Olivier's opts for a classic Creole cooking vibe with a classic dining atmosphere the exudes French Quarter charm."
Gambit Weekly’s "Best of New Orleans," 2003
"Proprietor Armand Olivier ... casually strolled from table to table greeting guests as if he had known most of them for years ... We highly recommend a visit to Olivier's."
San Francisco Bay View
"With food and dining elevated to almost a religious experience, this family has a multitude of recipes that have withstood the test of time."
The New Orleans Tribune
"Mouthwatering Black Creole food, served in smart surroundings in a charming old building. Family owned, it's very welcoming; the menu, which describes with relish how each dish is cooked according to the recipe of a different family member, make choosing almost impossible."
Mini Rough Guide
"For over 15 years, Olivier's has been tempting the taste buds of patrons with recipes passed down through four generations. Talk about authentic and traditional."
"Olivier’s is one of the very few remaining restaurants owned and operated by an authentic New Orleans Creole family. Armand Olivier is the real thing, and his restaurant is a work of art!"
2004 Diamond Award: AAA Approved
AAA of America
"(Olivier's) proved to be one of the highlights of our eating experiences in The Big Easy. The cuisine was, in a word, fantastic!"
The Amsterdam News
Top Ten "New Orleans Restaurants We Love"
"... the Olivier Family have undoubtedly raised the standards of fine dining to the highest possible level. No one should miss the pleasure of dining at Olivier’s."
The Louisiana Weekly
"You need not get fancy with (crawfish etouffe): Just head for the friendly Olivier’s Creole Restaurant, where the cooking never changes and the locals expect it to stay that way."
John Mariani, Delta Air Lines’ Sky Magazine "Food & Travel" special issue, 1999
One of the Best in New Orleans, 2004: Gumbo
"The Olivier family runs an air tight operations, with the utmost emphasis on customer satisfaction. No one should miss the pleasure of dining at Olivier's."
"Olivier's was a very special treat (from) one of the great restaurant families of New Orleans. The food and the presentation were outstanding; everything was done right. If you want fabulous Creole cuisine served in a marvelous setting, then be sure and dine at Olivier's. (And to top it all off, we finished our lunch with the most divine Bourbon Pecan Pie we’ve ever, ever had!)"
The Gay Travelers
"The restaurants not only have the fabulous cuisine Louisiana is famous for, but also romantic atmosphere; the many choices will make you dizzy. Olivier's on Decatur in the French Quarter is a favorite, founded and still owned by one of New Orleans' old Creole families."
"For over 15 years, Olivier's has been tempting the taste buds of patrons with recipes passed down through four generations. Talk about authentic and traditional. This softly lit, elegantly appointed dining room has an atmosphere filled with the sounds of sweet jazz."
"Arguably the country's most authentic Creole food."