The Short North is a crowd-favorite for dining, shopping, art and a night out on the town, but did you know that they are also home to several local fast-casual dining experiences? We headed to High Street to put one of our greatest talents to the test: eating.
680 N. High Street
Although Brassica gets its name from a healthy family of vegetables including kale, cauliflower, and cabbage, they’re serving up delicious Middle-Eastern inspired meals to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Start by choosing the base of your meal--either a bowl of lentils and rice, a salad, or sandwich stuffed between fresh-baked pita. Protein options include: falafel, braised Niman Ranch brisket, roasted chicken shawarma, or house-cured lamb bacon. Finish it off with hummus or baba and an array of fresh, pickled and spicy vegetables.
The Lox Bagel Shop
772 N. High Street
With its entrance tucked away from High Street, you won’t want to miss one of the Short North’s newest residents, The Lox Bagel Shop. Don’t let the simplicity of the menu fool you; these hand-rolled, fresh-baked bagels are the perfect breakfast or lunch option. We recommend trying a sea salt and herb bagel with pastrami. It’s incredible!
Belgian Iron Wafel Co.
19 W. Russell Street
Also a new resident to the Short North, Belgian Iron Wafel Co. has been serving up sweet and savory Liege wafels since just January of this year. Make your own wafel combination from a long list of toppings or choose one of their signature wafels such as the S’mores (toasted marshmallow, chocolate sauce and graham crackers) or the Belgian Mushroom (herb ricotta, sauteed crimini mushroom and onion, zesty adobo demi glaze, and cheese.) Can’t choose just one? Choose any 3 wafels and make it a flight.
Native Cold Pressed
771-A N. High Street
Specializing in juice, smoothie bowls, smoothies and other healthy offerings such as salads, baked goods, and protein bites, Native Cold Pressed is a great place to pick up supplies for a cleanse or a quick, fresh meal. The Strawberry Pitaya Mylk made up of raw almonds, raw cashews, strawberry, pitaya, dates, maple, water, and himalayan salt is one of our favorites!
647 N. High Street
Inspired by authentic island style street foods, Hai Poké is serving up Hawaiian style ahi tuna poke and vegetarian style sushi bowls. Choose one of their proteins -- tuna, salmon, tofu, or veggie -- to begin. All bowls are served over sticky sushi rice and topped with pickled cucumbers, crispy wontons, spicy mayo and power sauce. Don’t forget to add a side of the wonton chips!
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