The Olive Tree Mediterranean Grille sits south of downtown Jacksonville in the San Marco neighborhood. Chad had eaten here before and liked it enough to take me. We visited on a Friday afternoon, in between the lunch and dinner hour and they were still quite busy. Besides their normal menu there is a blackboard at the entrance with a list of daily specials.
I went with the Veggie Platter with falafel, spinach pie, veggie grape leaves, hummus and two sides. I chose an extra side of hummus and the Mediterranean potato salad as my two sides. It was a little pricey at almost $13 but it was a lot of food.
My favorite part was the Veggie Grape Leaves with its tangy rice and spicy lemon flavor.
The Hummus was delicious as well. Creamy and spicy and served with a side of pita bread.
The Mediterranean Potato Salad was good. The addition of mint and lemon made it “Mediterranean” and it was quite tasty. The potatoes weren’t swimming in mayonnaise and it was seasoned very well.
The Falafel was OK. They were slightly dry but the side of tahini sauce made them a little better.
Chad had ordered the Falafel Pita Platter. Falafel was stuffed into pita bread and drizzled with a tahini sauce. He also ordered hummus as one of his sides, the other was Mediterranean rice.
We liked The Olive Tree. It’s nothing fancy. It is more like a casual Greek sandwich shop with Gyros, Kiftah and Tabouleh. This is the perfect place if you want something quick and authentic.