Last night I had dinner at Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake. I've been here for work lunches several times, but this was my first dinner visit. I learned that it's a great happy hour spot! They have a good wine selection and a shabby-chic kind of wine bar (which is a coffee bar during the day) to the side of the restaurant/deli counter. During the day, I love that I can get Intelligentsia coffee here, and I now love that I can get good wines here in the evening and hang out in a pleasant spot while drinking them (not your typical dark, loud bar).
I also learned that O&T has special dinner selections on the food menu (last night was burger night so they had a variety of burgers from turkey-meditteranean to beef-hawaiian), but I love their panini so much that I still went for their usual lunch food. I also like getting sandwiches here because they have great sides to go with them (sometimes I even just get a bunch of sides for lunch)! My two favorite sides (kale salad and farro-beet salad) were almost cleaned out when we arrived, so I got some of the last morsels.
My veggie panini (no aioli- I avoid mayo) with greens and O&T's special homemade pickles. The panini had marinated peppers, mushrooms, and carrots. It wasn't the best veggie panini I've ever had, but I liked that the veggies were lightly marinated as opposed to being doused in oil like many other restaurants/delis serve them.
Up close and personal.