Northstar Cafe, Columbus, OH

The Northstar Cafe in Coumubus, Ohio is another restaurant that has consistently good food, service and makes an effort to use local ingredients. Their prices are a bit on the high side, but you do get really good food.

After catching a movie we decided to grab a late dinner on the way back. I wasn’t sure if the Beechwold area Northstar would be open after 9pm on a Friday, but we decided to stop by. We got their around 9:45 and they close their doors at 10pm. I was glad we caught them; they didn’t even seem to mind having last minute customers.

We ordered our food at the counter. I got their famous Northstar Burger ($11.50), a veggie burger that is said to convert carnivores, and it truly does. My husband who cringes at the word vegetarian often orders this burger when we come here. It has a very “meaty” consistency that makes you forget your eating a meatless burger. It’s made with organic brown rice, black beans and beets and comes standard with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion and their Simple Salad on the side. You can also substitute any of their other sides, if you prefer.

I had the standard Simple Salad side which does fit its title. It’s an easy mix of cabbage and salad greens (maybe a bit heavy on the cabbage for those who aren’t a fan), house croutons and the house citrus vinaigrette. It is truly simple, but a nice compliment to the very flavorful burger.

This is another place in Columbus that is a packed house most of the time. You have to fight for an individual table or share “community” tables with strangers. We lucked out by hitting them at the end of the night on the visit and taking our food to go. We didn’t have to wait long for carryout though the tables were mostly empty anyway.

Because the prices are so high here, I’d rather spend my money at a place like Black Creek Bistro, but it’s a nice treat for take-out once in a while.