Back in 2009, The Olive Tree was one of the first restaurants I ever visited in Columbus. That’s back when I was a part of a defunct Twitter food review experiment called “Tastecasting,” back when I blogged about restaurants on the also-now-obsolete and rather-ambitiously-titled blog “Greatest City of All,” and back when I wasn’t actually old enough to drink alcohol – though admittedly that didn’t stop me much. I hadn’t been back to the Hilliard restaurant in the six years since, but when I came across their Sunday brunch I knew now was the time for a return visit – and an adult beverage.
There are no specialty brunch cocktails offered for this drunk brunch, but they do serve up Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers for only $5 a pop. The Olive Tree also has imported beers from Israel, Lebanon, Greecy, Italy and Spain, as well as a few wines from the same regions.
If you’re bored with bacon and over over-easy eggs, The Olive Tree’s authentic Mediterranean dishes are just the switch-up your breakfast belly is begging for. From Israel and North Africa for Classic Shakshuka – poached eggs in seasoned tomato sauce with bell peppers; to Morocco, for Shakshuka with spicy beef sausage; and to Greece, for spinach, tomatoe, onion, olive and feta omelette. I settled on the Bureka, a flakey puff pastry filled with feta and parmesan cheeses, served with a hard-baked egg and fresh, juicy Israeli salad on the side, adding the optional upcharged avocado.
For dessert, a rich slice of tiramisu and a serving of Turkish coffee. If you’ve never tried Turkish coffee, it’s a roasty, finely-ground coffee typically served sweetened with the perfect kick to accompany a sweet treat.
The Olive Tree is located at 3185 Hilliard-Rome Rd in the Hilliard. Brunch is served Sundays from 11am–2pm.