Facebook advertising works. On Saturday I was scrolling through my newsfeed and there was a sponsored ad (an ad that the company paid for me to see) that showed up for a place called Oliv Epicurean Grill, located in Holly Hill. It caught my eye and I immediately checked out the menu. Once I saw the menu I was excited to check the place out.
Today, just two days later, we were shopping at the store-wide half off sale at City Thrift in Daytona Beach. As we left it was time for lunch and I suggested we try Olive Epicurean Grill, which was just a few minutes down the road from where we were. My husband agreed.
I am a fan of Mediterranean food to begin with. I love falafel wraps, hummus, pitas, etc. So I was excited to try this place out. It's a nice place that offers both indoor and outdoor seating. It's nicely decorated inside and very clean. The ordering system is set up like Chipotle, where you order your food and then point out what you'd like added to it.They have wraps, bowls, salads, soups, and more. You can get falafel, chicken, steak, etc. As a vegetarian I was delighted with the options. It's a place where vegetarians and non-vegetarians can dine side-by-side with no compromising.
My husband ordered the falafel wrap, my kids got a side of falafel to share, as well as some rice (my son loves rice!). I ordered a side of falafel, as well as baba gonoush (that comes with a pita), and an unsweet iced tea. My husband really liked the falafel wrap. He said it was good. My kids really liked what they ordered as well. The side of falafel comes with four pieces (very filling!) and it has tahini sauce on it. I loved the falafel! The baba ganoush came in a dish that provided me with enough for everyone to dig in and have some. And it was good! I dipped my pita into the baba ganoush and ate my falafel enjoying every bite. Their iced tea was also good. Score!
The owner was in there and I took a moment to meet him as well (pictured below). The cost for the four of us to dine there for lunch was around $28 (that included the food and drinks). The restaurant is nice, the food was good, and I give it two thumbs up. I will definitely be back again! I just wish it were closer to my home. This article I found here says they are considering opening one in Port Orange. My fingers are crossed that they do!
In typical fashion, I took home my plastic container and foil for recycling. Doesn't everyone do this?! :)
- Jacqueline Bodnar