Columbus, Ohio, is typically thought of as a college town. As the home to Ohio State University, it gives outsiders the idea that it’s a city full of drunken football fans. And while that may be true, there’s also a community of people taking advantage of the Ohio landscape and the crops it provides.
The locavore movement has inspired Ohio restaurateurs and food manufacturers to hit the ground running (you may have heard of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams). Northstar Café has hopped on the bandwagon with stunning success. At their three locations around Columbus they serve up local ingredients in the form of salads, burritos, and sandwiches. They also prepare fresh smoothies to order, and you’d be crazy not to try the house-made ginger ale.
Northstar’s signature is the Northstar Burger. This vegetarian patty is made fresh daily with black beans, rice, and beets, seasoned with onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and oat flour to bind it all together.
Served simply on a bun with melted white Cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions, and a fresh mixed greens salad on the side, this burger is easily the most popular dish at Northstar.
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