Just blocks from the outskirts of UT’s campus is a small white house with closed shutters and a nondescript sign bearing the name Olamaie. And within those walls is a charming and impressive upscale Southern restaurant. When you walk in off the wraparound porch, you’re greeted with a small, lounge-like waiting area where the hostess will offer you a beverage while you wait. The ambiance of the dining room is timeless and classy, with the lighting dimmed perfectly. Order the hush puppies and the hoppin’ John, and make sure to get an order (or 15) of the off-menu biscuits. Follow up with the chicken or one of the large-format steaks. This is a place for celebrations, business meetings, lawmakers, and those with an expense account. Order extra biscuits to take home.
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