09/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I've never had a dish I didn't like here. I am a vegetarian and there are multiple dishes available for me and some that can be substituted with tofu. There is still plenty of food for meat eaters as well and everything on the menu is organic. Sometimes the counter order/table setup is a little awkward when the restaurant is crowded (people will ""jump line"" to grab a table.) On the plus side, I guess as a result of this minimal table service arrangement, they don't expect you to tip. I've never had a bad experience with service.
Some of my favorites: sweet potato hash (brunch menu), tuscan bread soup (alas, a daily special not always featured), the veggie burger (one of the best anywhere), the Buddha bowl, the pesto wrap, ginger ale, and at the Clintonville location, the Beechwold salad. Good craft beer selection too.
09/17/2011Provided by Citysearch -
We are regulars at Northstar Cafe at Easton Town Center. We love how fresh everything on the menu is. Its great to be able to walk in, order, and receive your food in 15 min or so and know that it is sourced locally. Service at the Easton Location always exceeds all of my expectations. I have tried everything on the menu and would honestly recommend it all!
10/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The food was delicious! I'll give them that. This was my first and only visit to Northstar Cafe and I will never set foot in there again after the way my friend and I were treated by the lady who brought our food out. We sat down to a later dinner and after ordering, we took a seat, and put the table number on the edge of the table. Neither my friend nor I noticed the number clip on the napkin and silverware holder. When our food finally came out, the first thing the lady said was that she had been looking all over for us and even had to go outside since our table number wasn't up. No one was outside first of all, and we were the only people in there without food and the only ones who had recently ordered. Then she proceeded to physically show us how to put the number in the clip. Classy, I think not! Rude, yes! I shrugged my shoulders and said, thank you, and we felt like scolded school children. I asked for some extra mustard before she walked away and she said, ""It's on the sandwich, both sides"" and almost touched my meal to show me. I said thank you again and said I'd still like the mustard. I had no idea it was so awful of us to say thank you and please when being served. I did speak to the manager who was wonderfully kind to make sure we didn't leave unhappy but that wasn't her fault nor could she correct how we had been treated. She offered gift certificates but I declined. I just hope the server gets a lesson in manners and serving etiquette.
04/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Northstar offers a good selection of fresh and tasty food at short North and on N High, near the corner with Henderson:
Their flatbread is wonderful: like a Pizza Margherita you can have 'to go' at one of the little stands in the streets of Napoli.
The rice bowls are not bad, unfortunately the cook is usually too reluctant with spices.
Their pancakes and other brunch options are well done.
Overall, this place seems too fancy, the ambiente too sterile; but the food is worth going for.
02/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Can't say anything negative about this place. GREAT food, fast. Even when the lines are out the door, people are polite, friendly and the staff are professional. There's always a positive vibe. In spite of it's popularity, people are never rushed in and rushed out, the food, though filling, is just right portion-wise. There really is no place like it. I've never left this place feeling anything but good and I've been there atleast 100 times.
01/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was bored of Panera, and found Northstar just down the road. Plenty of parking, stylish interior, great food. I popped in for a late lunch and found the chop salad and soup very filing. It appears to be vegan friendly, and seems pricer than most restaurants in the fast-casual catagory.
I will come back again, and recommend this to anyone looked for a pleasant lunch atmosphere and generous portions.
09/29/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I recently moved to Columbus from Boston and was afraid that one of the things that I'd miss most would be the independently-owned delis and cafes that had quick, delicious, yet affordable eats. Northstar Cafe has surpassed my initial expectations. We went there on a Saturday afternoon for brunch. The breakfast burrito was excellent and unique, made with eggs, sweet potatoes, black beans, peppers, and onions. And the iced coffee is definitely the best I've had in Columbus so far. Subsequently, this great place also has a purpose: to bring customers fresh, local, organic ingredients, and free-trade coffee. It's the best of both worlds.