If you haven’t noticed already, I love breakfast. I have no idea how some people can go without eating it daily. When we took a trip on Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus, OH for an Avett Brothers Concert, I wanted to make sure we went to one of their best breakfast places. Looking through reviews on Urbanspoon.com, we found that Northstar Café (http://www.thenorthstarcafe.com/) seemed to be the consensus favorite. We went to the Short North location, but they also have spots in Beechwold and Easton.
Short North is a pretty cool place…artsy and very much a college town type atmosphere (it’s very close to the OSU campus). It kind of reminded me of Bloomington, IN. Walking in, it’s got a somewhat modern décor with exposed ducts and high ceilings. To the right, there’s a stand with menus in it or you can go straight to the counter to order your food. We took some time to look over the limited but delicious looking menu. While I was tempted by the Cloud Nine Pancakes (three ricotta pancakes served with real maple syrup and fresh fruit), I ended up going with the Big Burrito (eggs, organic black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, sautéed peppers and onions, melted white cheddar and Northstar’s salsa). My wife ordered the Mushroom Frittata (Three Green Field Farm eggs, hearth baked with roasted mushrooms, sweet onions, and gruyere, served with rosemary roasted potatoes and a fresh biscuit).
Once the server brought us our order, we were both really impressed by the food. My burrito had a wonderful flavor, and the black beans and sweet potatoes combined ridiculously well. The frittata was also very good, albeit a bit rich. The cheese and egg tasted great, but was almost a bit overwhelming to eat. Bring your appetite if you are eating that. The roasted potatoes were fairly standard but very nicely cooked. The biscuit was fantastic…almost like a scone. I could have eaten three of those.
Overall, I’d highly recommend the Northstar Café. Not a ton of choices, but the two items we chose were very impressive.