Note: Olive & Thyme changed its name to Olive & Lime!
Despite a difficult past year for the restaurant industry, there have been some stellar openings here in Columbus. Boxwood Biscuits. Wario’s. Emmett’s Cafe. Freedom a la Cart. Many more. One that’s stood out to us has flown under the radar, is the Olive & Lime Cafe in Clintonville. It took over the giant corner space, formerly the Panera. I’m still surprised Panera closed, but I’m more thankful to have Olive & Lime in its place.
We’ve dined in for a few meals over the past months, ordered carryout when hosting friends, and we’ve truly enjoyed everything we’ve tried. The meals are big, colorful, well-seasoned, loaded with veggies.
The veggie platter makes for a perfect start: hummus (fantastic version), falafel, fried (and then chilled) cauliflower, tabbouleh.
Kudos to the sandwiches, too, from the chicken kafta to the beef schwarma to the chicken kebabs. All tender and juicy meats, wrapped with pickles and a garlic whip and grilled. Olive & Thyme also features some delightful fries, cut flat and fried crispy, served with a sweet and lightly tangy aioli.
They feature a collection of fatayers as well as flatbreads crisped up in the brick oven, with topped with meat, cheese, or pictured here: zaatar, thyme, sesame, and olive oil.
We’ve only scratched the surface of the larger entrees, but have absolutely enjoyed those, too, from the lamb kebabs to the sauteed shrimp (served with loads of mushrooms) to the lamb chops.
I’d definitely add Olive & Lime to your list! It’s a great addition to the area, and we’ll be returning many more times.