A few more bytes on Northstar (Clintonville) – The S factor, breakfast and a sandwich for skeptics
Posted by cmh gourmand on April 28, 2007
Surprise – much more ado about Northstar
I have been paying attention to how Northstar operates in my weekly visits. I was eating there just before closing tonight.The owners do everything right. I noticed they were eating together, talking about the day and very clearly enjoying what they have created. It is inspiring when two people can find a passion, follow through on it and see it be wildly successful. Awesome!
So this is what I have noticed about Northstar – the S Factor.
Subtle: No big sign – just a name painted on the door. The prices are all off kilter with the rest of the restaurant world – $1.88, 7.96, 6.79 – these guys think out of the box.
Simple: The menu is small. The ingredients are basic. The decor is cool but not over the top – it reminds me of IKEA or the kind of functional efficiency I expect to find in Switzerland.
Service: Everyone is NICE! You order at the counter, take a number and your food is brought to you. I have yet to encounter a Northstar employee that was not fully focused on making the dining experience anything other than great.
Saving the Planet: Local suppliers when possible. Recycled paper napkins. Northstar is a member of 1% for The Planet – so 1% of their profits goes to good things.
BREAKFAST IS SERVED
The Clintonville Northstar is now serving breakfast – Monday to Friday 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM and Saturday and Sunday 7:30 AM to 3 PM.
Here is the menu:
Granola with Vanilla Yogurt
Sweet Potato Hash
Sunny side up egg
add bacon or sausage – 1.88
Cloud 9 Pancakes
Riccota cheee pancakes with maple syrup
Egg with white cheddar cheese on a biscuit
Add bacon or sausage – 1.88
Praline Scone (the best I have ever had)
Ham and Cheese Scone
Morning Glory Muffin
Peanut Butter cookie
Chocolate Truffle cookie
A simple sandwich for Northstar skeptics
I sometimes have to lure people into Northstar because of concerns that the restaurant might be some kind of “vegetarian, hippy, tree hugger, granola munching place”. My best weapon for that kind of mindset is pictured above.
House Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich
served on hefty house made bread bound with a thick toothpick
served with roasted peanut slaw
Ok – the peanut slaw might throw someone off – but it can be replaced with a side of torilla chips if the slaw is too freaky.
Final note – my Northstar wish list is growing. I still want to see soup – soup really is good food. Also – if two items from my departed and beloved Galaxy Cafe could be added (Ricky Barnes are you reading?) – I would be in heaven. I crave black bean hummus with garlic sauce and Adobo eggs with jalepeno cornbread. A Gourmand can dream – (an when he does – it is about food.)