If you’ve ever screamed down the highway to Horseshoe Bay only to miss the ferry, you know how much of a pain it can be sitting around in your car waiting for the next one. Well, here’s the silver lining: Olive & Anchor. Turn the delay into an opportunity to avoid the awful ferry food and grab some good chow. I highly recommend walking by the other busier places – the only thing they have going for them is a slightly superior location, a few steps closer to the terminal. I’ve only ever grabbed food to go from Olive & Anchor’s take-out window (there’s a nice waterfront park right across the street), but they do also have a restaurant and patio.
Why do I like this place so much?
1) I lucked out finding it, with no prior research. Usually those types of adventures end poorly, and it’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised.
2) Good variety of menu options, including burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, chowder, soup, and salads. And of course two items that always speak to me: yam fries and dessert – in this case crème caramel.
3) Good quality food. The cheese burger was very tasty, although I do wish the patty was thicker. The gluten-free yam fries were delicious. The green salad was super fresh with a nice assortment of veggies (I picked over the edamame). The coleslaw was really good. And the crème caramel was a lovely little treat.
4) They don’t play rip-off-the-tourist. The prices were very reasonable – $7 for the burgers, $5 for yam fries, $5 for salad and $2 for coleslaw. The sit-down menu is a little more expensive, but still reasonable.
5) Everything is packaged very nicely – great for taking along on a trip or picnic. And all the packaging is made from 100% biodegradable bio plastics.
6) Great location right across from the water.
7) Friendly and helpful staff.
The only criticism I have is that I wish the food was ready faster – it was a really long wait for the cheeseburgers (at least 20 minutes) – which can be a big deal if you’re trying to catch the ferry. So if you stop by, make sure to leave yourself plenty of time. Other than that, I definitely recommend stopping by for some food, even if you’re not catching a ferry.