Category Archives: Columbus

Northstar Cafe @ Columbus OH

On my last day in Columbus, my friend Esther didn’t know what to bring me to eat.  So, in true Eating Monster fashion, I went to yelp and looked up the highest ratings/most reviewed restaurants in Columbus and ended up with Northstar Cafe.  Of course, yelp never lets me down.  I have to say, Northstar Cafe is amazing, and if I lived in Columbus it would be one of my favorite restaurants.

For a cafe its size, the menu was quite small.  We went on a Sunday afternoon, so they were serving their brunch menu, which consisted of breakfast foods and sandwiches.  Reading on yelp, it seemed that most people liked the Cloud Nine Pancakes.  Everything on the menu looked delicious, especially the breakfast items.  I love granola, and I like prosciutto and focaccia bread, and I like cereal too.  I got the Cloud Nine Pancakes and my friend got the Sweet Potato and Turkey Hash.   I think just by looking at the menu makes me want to visit my friend in Columbus again!

Three ricotta pancakes served with real maple syrup and fresh fruit

Applewood smoked turkey, red peppers, sweet onions, and two sunny-side-up eggs*

The food was so, so amazing.  My Cloud Nine Pancakes really made my mouth feel like it was eating a cloud.  They were the fluffiest pancakes I can remember.  It came with bananas, which is always a great plus.  However, the ricotta cheese didn’t really stand out; they could have left it out and I probably wouldn’t have noticed.  I was expecting the pancakes to be creamy too, because of the ricotta, but that was not the case and I was slightly disappointed.  But they’re still amazing pancakes that everyone should try.

My friend got the Sweet Potato and Turkey Hash.  It was part of my ploy to get my friend to order it, since I wanted pancakes but I also love sweet potatoes.  However, I did read on yelp that someone was talking about hash… so I assumed it was this!  Although a bit salty for our tastes, I thought it was amazing.  I switch between the sweet fluffy pancakes and the salty crispy sweet potatoes which made the meal so much more enjoyable.  I think my friend felt that it was much too salty for her because she was eating mostly only her dish.  They reminded me of the lyonnaise potatoes from Pamelas – crispy and flavorful.  But I love the sweet potatoes better because the sweetness of the potatoes and the onions with the saltiness from the smoke turkey, and what I can only assume to be lots and lots of salt, made me keep on eating it.  I loved it.

Although I don’t usually comment on coffee, this time I have to.  If you order coffee here, they give you a mug and you get to choose your own: decaf, light roast, medium roast, or dark roast.  I love the choice because I tend to dislike the bitterness in coffee.  I chose the light roast, and it was really, really good coffee.  It was very fragrant and I enjoyed it a lot.

I think the only downside of this cafe is that it was kind of noisy, but otherwise I loved my visit here.

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First Watch @ Columbus, OH

So for Thanksgiving break I visited my friend in Columbus, OH.  The city itself reminds me of Pittsburgh, which also means that it wasn’t a very exciting city, or a city of tastey foods.  However, I’m always up for brunch type foods, so my friend brought me to First Watch.  Its apparently a chain store, but I’ve never seen one in Pittsburgh

Bacado

Killer Cajun

My friend ordered a Bacado, which had “Bacon, avocado and melted Monterey Jack cheese, topped with sour cream. Served with a side of housemade salsa”.  I ordered a Killer Cajun, which was “Spicy Cajun chicken breast, mushrooms, Monterey Jack cheese and onions. Served with our special Santa Fe dressing.”  (taken straight from their website)

I think overall the omelet didn’t stand out very much.  I’ve had an omelet at The Original Pancake House, and not only was it large but very juicy (yeah, never thought omelets would be juicy!) and had a lot of flavor.  The omelets at Deluca’s is also very good, with some crunchy edges and and the fillings were nicely distributed in the omelet.  First Watch did get sauces right though; with the sauce, the omelets were good, without it, they were rather dry.

The potatoes were okay.  I loved the amazing aroma of potatoes in America, and they were really able to get it to stand out.  Otherwise, Pamela’s and Deluca’s definitely makes better home fries.  I think eating brunch outside of Pittsburgh really makes me realize how good the brunch places in Pittsburgh are.

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