For some months now, a group of us have gotten in the habit of walking from downtown to the North Market for lunch. We get some exercise and fresh air along the way, and once we reach the market we face a cornucopia of excellent lunch choices — and we are supporting local businesses, besides. I’ve sampled the cuisine at many of the North Market establishments, and I think its time that other downtown Columbus workers give the place a shot. So, I will be starting a periodic series on North Market lunch options in hopes of encouraging our handful of Columbus readers to wander down to the Market for their midday meals.
Today The Cave Dweller, the Conservative, and I visited the Market. I felt like something hearty, and when I am in that mode I beat feet to Kitchen Little. At Kitchen Little, they serve meat — and lots of it, too. The food is all locally sourced, and it is fresh and flavorful. Kitchen Little partners with certain local farms (they are helpfully listed on the blackboard above the ordering area) and the eatery and its partners always offer interesting, and often exotic, lunch options. On any given day you might find something made with buffalo, or rabbit, as well as the Kitchen Little staples — or, as they call them, the “usual suspects.”
Ah, the “usual suspects”! For my money, you can’t beat the cassoulet for quality, taste, and value. The cassoulet meal comes with two sides, and they are pretty good, too. Kitchen Little usually offers several vegetables, macaroni and cheese, beans, and several different potato options. Today I got the cassoulet, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, freshly baked bread with butter, and bottled water for $10. The cassoulet was tremendous — loaded with sausage chunks, multiple tender cuts of meat, and beans, in a rich sauce. The mac and cheese was well prepared, firm and not too cheesy, and the mashed spuds were well whipped with a delicate flavor. Terrific value for $10.
Kitchen Little is a bargain — a kind of hidden secret of fine food, locally raised and carefully prepared, tucked away in a corner of the North Market. You really need to find it.