Written by: Steve Stover
Date: March 25, 2014

Interior of Lavash Cafe in Clintonville.

Interior of Lavash Cafe in Clintonville. Photo: Steve Stover

Lavash Cafe stands out among the many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants in Central Ohio for made-from-scratch quality, consistently excellent food, freshness, and great value. Chef Owner Nasser Latif. opened Lavash Cafe on High Street in Clintonville more than four years ago, after owning the popular Firdous.

Lavash Cafe has an attractive, modern two-level dining room, plus a pretty terrace on the side of the building with mosaic tables set off by a grape arbor and herb plants. In the summer, the kids can taste the fresh grapes.

Menu highlights include the great hummus and the spicy black bean hummus, smokey baba ghanousch, fresh tabouleh, falafel, house-made pita, and the grilled meats and seafood, including the kebabs, kefta, lamb chops, and shrimp – all among the best in town.

During our last visit, we opted for the specials, which change daily. I especially liked the kefta, charcoal grilled ground lamb and beef, variation with a fresh tasting tomato sauce, potatoes and carrots and, like all entrees, served with saffron rice, garden salad, and pita, all for only $12.95. Overall, the menu provides large portions at value prices.

Desserts include first-rate house-made baklava, rice pudding, and creme caramel, plus an array of other desserts attractively presented in the front case.

The desert case at Lavash Cafe in Clintonville features many house-made selections.

The desert case at Lavash Cafe in Clintonville features many house-made selections. Photo: Steve Stover

The menu includes a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free offerings, and even offers gluten free bread and desserts. This is an excellent choice for those seeking menu options.

Lavash Cafe
2985 North High Street, between Dodridge and North Broadway
614-263-7777
lavashcafe.com