Hookah culture idealizes a sort of exotic idleness, where nothing can pierce the hazy reverie, not even the inherent grossness of hookah. Seriously -- who can remember whose plastic cap is whose?! Clearly not idle themselves, the hookah hosts now launching Olea Cafe.
From the soon-to-be-newlyweds behind Allston smoke den Habibi Lounge, OC's a welcoming, minimalist breakfast/lunch nook peddling Mediterranean-inspired paninis, wraps, and salads in a former Sandwich Works now gussied up with warm lighting, beige mosaics aplenty, and a colorful chalkboard menu, but not a chalkboard menu of color, because...wait, should we even be talking about this? Choice artisanal handhelds range from a horseradish aioli'd roast beast with caramelized onions, to The Dolce with prosciutto, figs, and Gorgonzola, to a panini dressed with bacon, goat cheese, and butternut squash, which's also just one more example of a sport made way more fun by craft beer. Deliciousness continues with pesto sliders, The Alba panini with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and pesto, and the tabouli/ feta/ hummus Adonis wrap, aka pretty much any verse by LL Cool J.
Because you also need sustenance in the morning, OC plates AM eats like the feta/spinach Zorba omelet, plus an intriguingly gluttonous two-pancake panini pressed with bananas and Nutella, and brews java that's single-origin -- just like that abused plastic cap.