North Star American Bistro Review
Recently, my mom and I decided to go on a fun night out. I was trying to think of a good spot to take her, because my mom is a pretty elegant lady (and I’m sure she will appreciate me saying that), but she doesn’t exactly treat herself often enough. I thought it would be nice to find a spot where we could sit outside with some drinks and appetizers while catching up. The North Star American Bistro was the perfect place for our mother/daughter bonding time.
I had never been to North Star before, and I was pleasantly surprised with my experience. Our server was very friendly and understood when we spent an obscenely long time looking at the menu. After a lengthy deliberation, we decided to split the crab cake appetizer. For $11.95, we were served two crab cakes over a bed of greens, with a tarragon aioli and horseradish dressing. The crab cakes were a decent size, and were mild in flavor. They were cooked nicely and had a crispy outside and an almost fluffy inside. There weren’t very many big chunks of crab in the cakes, but it was still good without them. The dressing was the star of the dish for me. It added the creaminess that the cakes needed, and the flavor was fantastic. Every component of the dish seemed well thought out and was well executed, and I would definitely order it again.
We were still hungry, so we ordered the margherita pizza. It was $12.95 and was about a 12” pie. The crust had good flavor, but it was a bit soft on the bottom. A few more minutes in the oven would have crisped it up. Other than that, the flavor was good. The sauce was sweet but zesty, and the toppings were fresh. The problems I find most often with margherita pizzas are that the tomatoes are too soggy and that the basil is burned. This pizza didn’t have these problems, and I was very happy with it. There was a lot of cheese. When I say a lot of cheese, I mean a LOT of cheese, which is definitely not a problem. It was gooey and stringy like good pizza cheese should be, but it had an amazing quality of freshness. It didn’t have that overpowering packaged cheese taste. It was very mild and almost scentless, which are key qualities of a fresh mozzarella.
North Star American Bistro was a great spot to have some good quality food and a good quality experience. I hope to dine there again, and it would be a great contender for date night!