hearty & healthy

Photo by Anne Jansen

The Northstar Cafe is one of my favorites, but I rarely make it there for breakfast. On this particular day, I not only had breakfast there, but also lunch. For breakfast, I started the day with their fantastic strawberry smoothie and a day-old oatmeal cookie. Both were fantastic, and together they were light yet filling. I’m addicted to this strawberry smoothie, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Photo by Anne Jansen

I also stuck around long enough to have lunch (Northstar is the kind of place where you can eat, study, and eat some more — they don’t mind lingerers). I chose one of my favorites from the menu: the Square Meal. It’s spicy and flavorful, and loaded with veggies of all kinds. It’s also incredibly filling (I was only able to eat about half). I love Northstar, despite the sticker shock; if you go with a partner, a single meal is the perfect price and proportion. The large crowds during busy hours are an indication of how worth-it the food is, even for lone eaters.

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