Northstar Cafe - Short North

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 11 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. Cafe with a few locations. Several vegetarians items marked with "V"; vegan upon request. Price: Moderate more-less
Ovo, Lacto, American, Non-veg
951 N High St
Columbus, Ohio 43202
614-298-9999
Closed now

Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm

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First Review by chickpeafreak
ramachandra
ramachandra
  • vegetarian
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+69

wholesome food

4
Posted on 02 / 01 / 2014

Northstar is a must-visit Columbus restaurant. There are at least 3 locations and each has a slightly different menu. I've eaten a variety of things: the veggie burger, thai curry burrito, pizza, square meal, and the carrot juice. All were great. The veggie burger is probably one of the most popular items. The ingredients are very wholesome and healthy. No negatives, really, except that it can be crowded. Northstar has also given free veggie burgers on Earth day, so keep that in mind!

Pros: wholesome, healthy
Cons: crowded
moonwomyn13
moonwomyn13
  • vegan
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+31

You should try the beet burger

3
Posted on 06 / 13 / 2013

This place is not really that vegan friendly. They only have a couple of dishes and you must specify that you wan them in vegan form. North Star is known for its beet burger, which is very good, but does get old after awhile.

The beet burger is made from rice and beets and is served on focaccia bread (if you ask for it "vegan") with mustard, onions, and greens. It comes with a side salad, but you can ask for another side dish if you wish.

Recently they added a sandwich that you can get with baked tofu instead of animal and cold grain pilaf with nuts & fruit side dish to the menu and it is delicious! I am not sure if this is a permanent menu item or not, but I hope it stays.

The home made ginger ale is really good and they now offer Boylan's natural soda fountain drinks.

There is a problem with consistency sometimes. One day you get an excellent meal and the next time that same meal is pathetic in portion and flavor.

This is a place I like to visit once in awhile, but not frequently because there is not enough variety. However, it is worth a try. I would give it at least two chances before you make your own judgment.

Pros: Good veggie burger, Mostly organic
Cons: Few vegan choices, Expensive
jaynamac
jaynamac
  • vegan
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+27

Like, but not love

4
Posted on 05 / 21 / 2011

Northstar Cafe is a nice, but often crowded and loud, little place. My main complaint is one voiced by other vegans -- there's a lot of dairy in use, and the truly vegan options are somewhat slim. Nonetheless, I've been pleased with the food every time. If you're there for breakfast, try the vegan sweet potato hash -- it's really, really good!

Pros: Tasty food, Large portions
Cons: Noisy, Crowded

karmandrew
karmandrew
  • vegan
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+31

Great food

4
Posted on 03 / 09 / 2011

I have enjoyed my food every time I have visited. I was disappointed to find out their beet burger is served on non-vegan bread when the first time I was told it was vegan.

Pros: fresh food, unique beverages, great atmosphere
Cons: Little pricey, need more selection for vegans
  • moonwomyn13 moonwomyn13

    If you ask for it "vegan" they put it on focaccia bread instead of the egg washed bun.

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AquairyFairy
AquairyFairy
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+20

A nice neighborhood place

4
Posted on 02 / 07 / 2010

Good food, restaurant can get noisy when crowded. Best to go not at peak hours. There are a number of vegetarian/ vegan options- and the menu is well labeled as to which items can be made vegan. I like that they easily substitute a nicely cooked tofu in the burritos, and that the folks at the counter who take your order are well informed about the menu and what it means to make a dish vegetarian or vegan! Entrees are now in the price range of $9-11.

Pros: reliable, tasty and healthy, friendly
Cons: noisy at times
keillorandel
keillorandel
  • vegetarian
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+29

Fantatsic Brunch!

4
Posted on 11 / 09 / 2009

This bright, open little cafe offers a really fantastic brunch in the very hip short north area. There are tables outside if you dine here in nice weather. You order at the counter and food is brought to you after you order. It always seems to be crowded so plan for a wait. It is well worth it though. The food is standard breakfast fare exactly as it should be! I had the mushroom and cheese omlette and adored it.

Pros: great area, great brunch, outside seating
Cons: crowded, expect a wait
Spike
Spike
  • vegan
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+26

Just okay

2
Posted on 11 / 06 / 2009

While we appreciate that they make the attempt, the veg food could be better. Lots of dairy in use here:(

Everything feels overpriced, and we're considerably lighter in the pocket after a meal. The drinks are good, but ridiculously high.

Too, too, too much emphasis placed on uninteresting carbs (bread, rice, more bread) and not enough creativity with proteins. I always feel as if I've eaten concrete after a meal there.

They really need to embrace, and work on their vegan cuisine, because, after all, many of yesterday's vegetarians are now going vegan.

In their favor, the restaurants are cute (steel and glass, LOVE that look).

Pros: downtown location, tasty ginger ale
Cons: Too much dairy in use, lack of vegan creativity, $$$$$
mlumpz
mlumpz
  • vegan
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+25

Not so thrilled...

2
Posted on 10 / 29 / 2009

My husband and I decided to give Northstar a try after hearing rave reviews from friends and being assured that they had a lot of vegan options. As it turns out, their vegan offerings are VERY slim. (Unless you want to count granola and some other odds and ends.) The Northstar burger is what we wound up with and, while good and VERY generously portioned, was not the most delicious thing I've ever eaten considering it was one of the most expensive items on the menu. On the whole, the food was fine but too limited in choice for us. Check out their menu online before you go.

Pros: nice decor , great juice bar, trendy
Cons: rather expensive, loud, few vegan options
xsamx
xsamx
  • vegan
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+288

Top quality cafe

4
Posted on 09 / 07 / 2009

Not only do they use local, organic ingredients, but the food is top-notch. Many items can be made vegan, and they also have an excellent juice selection (as well as a killer ginger ale). The Northstar burger was incredible (albeit a little difficult to eat with a substituted non-dairy mammoth Focaccia bun), and all the ingredients tasted so fresh and delectable. There's something for everyone here, the location is awesome, and they have a wonderful magazine selection to peruse while waiting for your food. My partner and I went twice in one weekend, and each time the restaurant was very busy. Also, tips are built into the cost, a European aspect that we found very pleasing.

Pros: vegan-friendly, local, organic food, location
BillyAdrienne+4
BillyAdrienne+4
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+52

Great Place- Popular and Crowded.

4
Posted on 03 / 10 / 2009

The food here is excellent, the menu is small and the drink menu is limited too. The menu has just enough on it for us, but I wish they had a larger drink menu. (such as, more than one beer to choose from). We have eaten at both of their locations many times and have never had a meal that wasn't delicious. But... There are so many others that feel the same, therefore, unless you get here early or on a slower day, you will have to wait a bit to get your food, and although the place isn't small, finding a seat is hard to come by -and the battle begins! They should also have more salad dressings to choose from... hope you like -vinaigrette- because that's what your gonna' get. (It is a better visit in the warmer weather than in the cooler because both locations have outdoor seating and that helps relieve some of the seating stress).

Pros: Great Food, Clean , Very Friendly
Cons: Seating Demands, Salad Dressing, Coke is in a Plastic Bottle
  • BillyAdrienne+4 BillyAdrienne+4

    After re-reading this post I see how we should have made it clear that "1 type" of beer is the "draft style" they have lots of others by the bottle! We would also like to add how I much we appreciate the free Veggie Burgers they give out for earth day... Yes, you read right, FREE! (Sorry, If you missed it this year.)

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chickpeafreak
chickpeafreak
  • vegan
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+121

Excellent

4
Posted on 10 / 14 / 2007

This is the all around perfect restaurant: it's the best place in Columbus to meet with anyone, Northstar really caters to "diet diversity". Every person I have brought here [particularly out-of-towners] are blown away by the quality of the food. The service is outstanding: always friendly - not just courteous, but friendly...assuming this is a reflection on the owners taking care of it's employees!

An excellent dining experience. Try it, you & your guests, will love it.

Pros: fresh ingredients, menu variety and consistency, friendly staff
Cons: Have to stand and wait for beverage., Does not have vegan brunch option

 

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