What better way to celebrate summer than a food-filled walk in the park? On Sunday, July 28, join Western New York as they flock to War Vets Park in the city of Olean for delicious food, great entertainment, and an all-around good time. With a smorgasbord of local specialties to sample, the Taste of Olean is perfect for avid foodies and picky eaters alike. A variety of small plates costing anywhere from 50 cents to $3 will be just enough to whet the taste buds. Exercise the food critic in you and discover delicacies that you never knew existed. The Taste of Olean is an ideal occasion for restaurants to try new dishes, as well as delight the crowd with classic mainstays. If you can’t make it to the Taste, plan a trip to the Olean area another time for a full dining experience at any of their established restaurants.
The Summer Local Sneak Peak: Featured Olean Restaurants
- Tony’s Napoli Restaurant: 671 E. State St., Olean
Dishing out the freshest pizza in Olean since 1982, Tony’s Napoli is deemed one of the best pizzerias in the area. Home of the “pie you can’t deny,” the restaurant dishes out perfected classics, as well as fresh twists on old recipes. With everything from wings to stromboli, Tony’s Napoli is a booth you won’t want to miss.
- Randy’s Up the River: 3767 S. Nine Mile Rd., Allegany
Built in 1860 as a stage coach stop and hotel, this speakeasy turned restaurant and bar is now one of Allegany’s favorite places to chow down. “Hysterical dining in a hystorical setting,” Randy’s Up the River is famous for Randy’s mom’s Secret Beer-Battered Fish Fry. With delicious steak dinners and real hoagies, this restaurant has something to satisfy any craving.
- Brother’s Bistro: 188 N. Union St., Olean
Brother’s Bistro is your go-to for American and Mediterranean food in Olean. Searching for hot and flavorful fare? They’ve got you covered with perennial favorites like their Tandoori Chicken Tikka, Beef Tenderloin Kabob, and Pasta Marinara. With delicious food made fresh every day, the Bistro always has new and exciting flavors to offer … and a full bar.
Art In the Park
This year’s Taste is accompanied by its long-time friend, Art in the Park. Hosted by the Tri-County Arts Council, this juried event is an opportunity for local artists to truly strut their stuff. With engaging displays and artists in action for you to enjoy, the event promises to be the perfect complement to the delicious local fare. Interact with the artists in residence as you leisurely stroll the grounds with munchies in hand.
Be on the lookout for entertainment hosted by the Olean Theatre Workshop with guest appearances by Olean High School performance groups and the Olean Community Theatre. The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association is also hosting a market where local goods such as honey, preserves, and delicious maple syrup can be purchased to take home. If you happen to have leftovers, Pampered Chef and Tupperware will be sponsoring booths with great deals on cookware and containers for the chef in all of us.
Work off the extra pizza with free swimming and roller skating at the Taste, or take a turn on the YMCA sponsored bounce house. With so much to do, the Taste of Olean/Art in the Park is truly an event for the whole family. Take a moment to let loose and enjoy the summer! Visit oleanny.com for more information.