Monday, October 21, 2013

Northstar Café (Columbus, OH)

As I had mentioned in my last post, I spent a few days in Columbus over the summer. Having previously lived there for six years, I had certainly developed a list of favorite local joints, and tried to hit as many of them as I could on this particular trip.

One such favorite is Northstar Café, known for its veggie-friendliness, and emphasis on locally-sourced, organic ingredients. Northstar had its start in the early 2000s in the trendy Short North neighborhood had has now expanded to three location. I met up with a friend at the newer Beechwold (Clintonville) location, which is larger than the original Short North space with easier parking (lot in back)—at least when it is not terribly busy, which it often is!

My go-to dish at Northstar had always been the Buddha Bowl, but this time I decided to try the Thai Burrito, stuffed with seared organic tofu (or choice of chicken) with peanut sauce, crunchy slaw, and organic brown rice, served with tortilla chips & a Thai dipping sauce. OK, so the concept is similar to the Buddha Bowl (also featuring tofu or chicken in a peanut sauce), but the whole peanut-tofu combo works for faux-Asian and faux-Mexican dishes alike (and now that I think about it, also faux-Italian) other words, the Thai Burrito was great! Hopefully I will get to be back again soon to try some of the other items on the menu!

Thai Burrito at Northstar (Columbus)
Thai Burrito

Restaurant info:
Northstar Cafe
(Beechwold location)
4241 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214

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