The Scoop: Five things to know in Columbus dining news

Beth Stallings, Columbus Crave

Every week, Crave editors dish on five things we're gabbing about in Columbus food news. Here's the latest, including Northstar's latest eatery, a new restaurant in the Brewery District, Oddfellows' brunch buffet and more.

The owners of Northstar have quietly opened their newest eatery, Brassica, in the Short North at 680 N. High St. (in the former home of Betty's Fine Food & Spirits). No formal announcement has been made and hours have not yet been posted, suggesting Brassica's still in the soft opening stage. The setup is order at the counter, and diners can choose to build their own pita sandwich, salad or lentil and rice bowl. The toppings (and there are many) are Mediterranean-Middle Eastern-inspired.

The Brewery District continues to grow with the opening of restaurant-music venue mashup Copious and Notes. The basement music spot, which offers its own kitchen and menu, opened Thursday, Sept. 10. The first floor restaurant is slated to start serving on Wednesday, Sept. 16. We'll have more on what to expect from the Southern-inspired eatery on the Crave blog early next week.

It's tough to find an inexpensive brunch these days, especially in the Short North. Oddfellows Liquor Bar is looking to solve this dilemma with the launching of its Classy Brunch Buffet. Purchase a drink, and for $6 you can choose from roughly a dozen breakfast items, like scrambled egg and egg whites, homemade biscuits and gravy and bacon. Cereal drinks dominate the beverage menu with options like the Boris & Natasha, a cocoa cereal infused white Russian. The buffet is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

We're geeking out about the new Whole Foods Market open at Easton. Why? Because of slew of locally made products you can only find here. The must-try products we've been noshing on this week: Shagbark Seed & Mill's new black bean and corn tortilla chips, and Darista Dips' chocolate coconut almond dip, and chocolate coffee almond dip with a kick of cayenne spice. Spread the latter on a banana for the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Moretti's of Arlington will soon have a casual Italian sister restaurant. Palle by Moretti-a meatball-centric eatery-is slated to open in Grandview this fall. The owners of the UA restaurant have launched a Kickstarter to help fund the project.