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Columbus Underground’s restaurant reviews are written by Miriam Bowers Abbott, our official Restaurant & Food Critic. We hope to share with you the good, bad and the honest about our local dining scene in an unbiased fashion. Review recommendations can be emailed to food@columbusunderground.com.

Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Kitchen

Hot Chicken Kitchen set up camp for its prototype on Hilliard Rome Road, just spitting distance from a KFC, Chick-Fil-A, and a BW-3. It seems as if the land of the strip mall has it all in the chicken department. Perhaps now, with a fourth poultry joint, there will be enough chicken to satisfy everyone. […]

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Lunch Review: Cafe Phenix

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Lunch Review: Cafe Phenix

First of all, it uses the French spelling. Let’s get that out of the way immediately, because the lack of “o” has potential to be distracting for grammar nerds (guilty). Cafe Phenix (without the o) set up shop Downtown on Gay street a couple of weeks ago. It offers all sorts of stuff. There’s an […]

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Restaurant Review: Mr. Pot

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Mr. Pot

If it’s not already a big thing, Hot Pot is on its way. Within the last year, Columbus has added three Hot Pot destinations to its line-up: Secret Vessel, Peking Hot Pot and the subject du jour: Mr. Pot in Kenny Centre. For the uninitiated, the hot pot concept is one that’s vaguely similar to […]

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Restaurant Review: Old Skool

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Old Skool

It seems like Old Skool entered the marketplace without much fuss. It took over the Clintonville spot once occupied by Giorgio. Low-key, affordable, with an appealing mix of sports televisions and free popcorn and video games — it’s the sort of place that should be in every neighborhood. The theme is sporty with an artsy […]

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Restaurant Review: Factory on 4th

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Factory on 4th

The scoop on Factory on 4th is pretty well known. It made its debut inside the Wonder Bread building as Cray back in 2014. It struggled. A restaurant television show performed a makeover this spring. Now it’s called Factory on 4th. The post-makeover decor is nicer. Having never been a fan of graffiti art, the […]

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Restaurant Review: Big Mamma’s Burritos

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Big Mamma’s Burritos

Big Mamma’s Burritos hit Columbus this year, at first with a cooperative project at Park Street Patio & Saloon, and now with another location on Grandview Avenue (a third spot is coming later this year to South High Street). For recent Ohio University grads, it’s a hallowed institution, an Athens-based operation that dishes out big […]

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Restaurant Review: Roots Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Roots Cafe

You don’t have to buy into Roots Cafe’s mission, in order to appreciate the food. That said, an evaluation of the edibles alone offers only a tiny window into what it’s all about. Roots Cafe was developed with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank inside Reeb Avenue Center on the South side. The center is in an […]

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