It's an age-old question: Does a dirty martini count as a meal? No? What if it's garnished with olives stuffed with blue cheese? Because that's technically a fruit and some dairy!

It's an age-old question: Does a dirty martini count as a meal? No? What if it's garnished with olives stuffed with blue cheese? Because that's technically a fruit and some dairy!

OK, probably still not, but olives are a surprisingly filling snack. And a few of the gorgeous olive appetizers served around town are hearty enough to double as a light meal.

Here's who does it best.

Barrio

Aceitunas Marinadas, $7

The olives: Coquillo (smoky purple), manzanilla (traditional green) and gordal (large, green, meaty)

The presentation: A tapas-sized bowl of olives and nuts is dusted in paprika and cayenne.

The flavors: These guys are served warm and spicy, in a pool of olive oil and with a handful of sweet Marcona almonds.

As filling as a meal?: Yes. This bowl is packed with olives, and the almonds add enough protein to actually fill you up.

Harvest Pizzeria

Olives small plate, $6

The olives: Cerignola (sweet green), castelvetrano (bright green and fruity) and giaraffa (super tender purple-red)

The presentation: A pretty square bowl is filled with colorful olives plus sprigs of bright green herbs.

The flavors: The saltiness is tempered with fresh sage and other herbs, plus Marcona almonds.

Filling as a meal?: No. But you'll want to save room for half of one of Harvest's fantastic pizzas anyway (tip: the Fennel Sausage is amazing).

Marcella's

Olives, Assorted, $5

The olives: Cerignola (sweet green), picholine (brine-cured green), gaeta (black and salty) and beldi (salt-cured black with wrinkly skin)

The presentation: Delightful - they're served in an adorable mini Staub serving crock

The flavors: Because some of these olives are salt-cured, this herb-flecked appetizer is the saltiest of the bunch. The saltier the better, in my opinion, so I loved them.

As filling as a meal?: No. But order Marcella's famous veal meatball as an appetizer (bonus: it's served in a matching crock!), and you'll be fine.

Rigsby's Kitchen

Citrus-marinated olives, $4

The olives: Picholine (green, nutty), gaeta (brine-cured, smooth-skinned) and black beldi (purple, fruity)

The presentation: Simple and sophisticated, served on a clear glass plate in a small pool of olive oil.

The flavors: Bright citrus notes match well with the fruity olive oil, and makes these olives taste slightly sweet. A flat-leaf parsley garnish adds a nice herby accent.

As filling as a meal?: No. But tack on two more small plates (order three for just $10 during happy hour in the bar) and it's definitely enough for a small meal.

Shelley Mann is the editor of Crave, Columbus' new dining magazine. Keep up with her at ColumbusCrave.com.

Photo by Will Shilling