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


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.