The last time I went to Northstar Cafe, I had the ricotta pancakes. Oh, how I love ricotta pancakes - appropriately named Cloud 9 Pancakes at Northstar. Unfortunately, they don't really offer very much in the way of nutritional value, and I really need something savory to go with brunch, so today I had the perfect idea: only order one pancake! and then also get the healthful Smoked Turkey Sweet Potato Hash. Alas, it was not to be; they refused to only give me one pancake! It would seem that all pancake orders are pre-portioned and they are unable to unportion them just for me. Husband does not like pancakes, and therefore would offer no help in consuming the normal, 3 pancake order. I was deflated. And so I ordered the turkey hash (with all of the pizza I've been eating this week, I just can't justify pancakes). But I did get a biscuit on the side, to share with Husband. I did sneak this picture of someone else's pancakes, just to try to show how big the portion is; like most of my pictures, it didn't fare too well.
Read on for the rest of brunch . . .
It was a beautiful day, and we were lucky to arrive just in the nick of time to score a table outside and not have to wait very long. We got there at about 11:45, and by 12:10 there was line about 20 people long. This must speak to Northstar's popularity, as the line stays that long until about 3:00. The nice thing about Northstar is that "everyone" goes there, and if you were to happen to live in the Columbus area and hadn't seen your friends in awhile, you're sure to see them on a Sunday morning - Northstar benefits from being the only place in town to server a decent, if non-traditional, brunch.
Husband ordered a blueberry smoothie, which I didn't take a picture of, because it's just purple smoothie in a glass. Because I'm not afraid to take pictures of other people's food, Here is Husband's breakfast burrito:
The burrito includes black beans, fried eggs, sweet potatoes, and cheese. You can choose to add bacon or sausage, and although Husband likes to get it with sausage, I convinces him to get the sausage on the side so I could eat some. And he agreed; now isn't that nice? Northstar has their sausage made locally, and I will come back and include a link (haha, punny) as soon as I confirm their sausage source. I like the first few bites, but it has a tendency to be over-herbed, loaded with rosemary stems and the like.
Here is Northstar's super-big, super-tasty biscuit, with butter and good jam on the side:
And then, of course, I had the turkey hash, which includes smoked turkey breast (smoked in-house), sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, onions, and scallions, topped with an egg. Here's another picture, taken from a slightly different angle, just in case you don't want to scroll up to see the picture that headed this post:
Info: Northstar Cafe 951 N. High St Columbus, OH 614.298.9999 website is in the works.