I care about the Earth, I try to do my part to leave a smaller footprint and all that jazz but to me (and many other people in Columbus OH) Earth Day means one thing- free veggie burgers at Northstar Cafe.
Northstar is a delightful local restaurant with three locations throughout the city. They use high quality ingredients (many local and/or organic) and create simple, delicious meals. It's a very vegetarian and vegan friendly establishment and every year on Earth Day they give out free veggie burgers. Now these aren't your normal veggie burger. I've been a vegetarian for as long as I can remember but all my true meat eating friends describe this burger as the only veggie burger they would ever eat. It's made with brown rice, roasted beets, and dates (among many other secret ingredients- but these are the ones you can easily identify). It is truly heaven on a bun.
Since this is a local tradition, we knew to expect lines. We were extremely pleased with our less than 20 minute wait and the fact that we scored a seat on the patio, as we had a beautiful spring day to enjoy. Since our entrees were free, we splurged on their homemade ginger ale (ginger, organic cane sugar, lime juice and mint) and our dinner for 2 total was $7.
The veggie burger is typically served on a brioche bun with white cheddar cheese and Northstar mustard (a mayonnaise + mustard combo) but I always get mine vegan style so I can really appreciate the flavors. The vegan one comes cheeseless on herbed focaccia with plain spicy mustard.
Perfect Earth Day indeed!
What did you do to celebrate?