Review: Northstar Cafe, Columbus
Terry and I love breakfast. Okay, let’s be honest: we haven’t met a mealtime we don’t like (except that stupid Fourth Meal thing. Call it “drunk munchies”, because that’s what it is). I poked around TripAdvisor the last time we were in Columbus to find a place for brunch, and ended up finding Northstar Cafe. It sources locally (and helps sponsor a CSA!) and is about as “green” as a restaurant can go these days without being vegan. Terry was a bit worried, as several of the reviews said, “very little meat, just some poultry” but he relented, and boy was it worth it.
Northstar Cafe’s menu is tiny. It had maybe six things– a few sweet things, and a few savory things. Terry’s pick was easy: sweet potato hash topped with two eggs, with a side of bacon. The hash was perfect– soft centers with crispy, sometimes burnt outsides. Terry and I are both the sort of people who like the edges of brownies, the crispy cheese on baked macaroni and cheese– you get the idea– so this was heaven.
I was going to get pancakes until I saw the house-smoked turkey sandwich with roasted red peppers, rosemary foccaccia and pesto aioli. I admit that I’m getting tired of restaurants calling mayonnaise “aioli” (it isn’t), but this was incredibly good. Terry helped me finish it, after briefly playing with the biggest toothpicks I’ve ever seen.
This peanut butter cookie was huge– we ate it in the car on the way home and I also had some for lunch the next day. Salty, a little sweet but not overly so, and obviously made with natural peanut butter. The best PB cookie I’ve ever had.