After Carrie and I did a little shopping at the open house for Hedy Regal Designs (so cute) we jumped over to North Star for some food and some wine and then a little more wine. Then we did a photo shoot in the parking lot with our new friend Fox Fox. You can read more about that here.
Northstar is an awesome local restaurant that focuses on fresh healthy foods and serves large satisfying burritos, flat breads, burgers (veggie and beef) and a bunch of delicious salads that change seasonally. They also have a delicious brunch menu and a home-made ginger ale (or mojito if you like, I like!!) that is to die for. Seriously, I will randomly think of that ginger ale... say in the elevator at work and continually think of it until I can have one.
I had the "Square Meal" for dinner which was delicious and very filling. It is a deep dish full of spicy black beans, brown rice, onion and peppers, with avocado, cheddar cheese and those perfectly crispy tortilla strips. The rice was cooked well, not at all mushy and the peppers and onions were cooked without having lost their bite. It was a nice mix of flavors-spicy with savory with just the right amount of crunch. The spice was a good amount of heat but I think it could have been hotter. Maybe just my preference for spicy? Bonus points - the avocado was super fresh. I will order this again, hopefully soon. It was even better with my El Reposo Malbec.
|Square Meal, $9.50|
Carrie ordered the Chopped Salad,
another awesome dish. The chopped salad is smoked turkey, bacon, blue cheese, avocado, almonds, apples and cheddar over fresh crispy greens with something they call Cafe Vinaigrette. I call it delicious. The Chopped Salad is a large portion (although we think it might be bigger at North Star in the Short North) but light enough and fresh enough that you can totally finish the whole thing! And you'll want to because the combination of avocado and almonds with the sharpness of the cheese and the apples with the saltiness of the turkey and bacon-perfection. Oh yeah, and it was served with a nice hunk of very fresh bread. Especially good with the Bosler Pinot Noir.
|Chopped Salad, $12.50|
All in all, I prefer the Short North location and from what I can tell the menu is the same. I like that it's close to my house, has a great patio and even better people watching. That said...parking at the Beechwold location was a cinch and they have great semi enclosed booths that make you feel like you've got your own private space-a nice bonus when we spent some time talking about another guest's Canadian Tuxedo. Hm...maybe the people watching here wasn't soo bad either...