Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Avoid sparking an international incident with today’s Groupon to Olive Cafe. Choose between the following options:
- For $24, you get a contemporary Mediterranean dinner for two (up to a $49.97 total value) that includes the following:
- A shared appetizer (up to an $11.99 value)
- Two entrees (up to an $18.99 value each)<p>
- For $10, you get $20 worth of anything from the lunch menu. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with sandwiches and wraps starting at $7.99.<p>
Olive Cafe owners Rayan and Charlotte Elkhatib swirl liberal doses of olive oil into a menu of Mediterranean and Lebanese classics with a contemporary twist. Steaming mussels bask in a fragrant white-wine-and-garlic broth as a gentle hail of fresh, chopped tomatoes and parsley rains down on the appetizer from the kitchen’s cutting boards. For a classic main course, Olympic fencers moonlighting as chefs test épées on flame-kissed morsels of marinated lamb to create the lamb kebab plate, layering the skewers atop a pillowy bed of sautéed spinach. The beef shawarma pizza emerges from a brick oven topped with bubbling mozzarella cheese, sizzling Angus beef, and creamy tahini, and flour tortillas valiantly protect the fish tacos’ bounty of blackened or pan-seared haddock from incursions by thieving soup spoons.
At Olive Cafe, owners Rayan and Charlotte Elkhatib align traditional Lebanese and Mediterranean flavors with American tastes, blending falafel wraps and kebab plates with tacos and pizzas. Like a marzipan model of the Statue of Liberty, the café's flatbread pizzas are edible testaments to the cultural mosaic of America, with crispy thin crusts topped with pine nuts, feta cheese, chicken shawarma, and baba ghanouj (eggplant purée). Piping-hot pitas hold flaky morsels of blackened haddock or marinated beef, and taco dinners unite warm flour or corn tortillas with cilantro-lime cream and pan-seared fish, Angus beef, or grilled chicken.