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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.

Review: Curry Up Indian Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: Curry Up Indian Grill

According to the opening press reports, Curry Up is designed to bring Indian food to a wider audience here in Columbus. That particular motivation was attention getting, mostly because, it’s always seemed like Indian Food has had strong representation here in town. Among other things, the cultural cuisine is home of the most popular lunch-time […]

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Restaurant Review: Blind Lady Tavern

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Blind Lady Tavern

Blind Lady Tavern opened on Mound Street in a spot that has seen lots of action in the last five years. It had a stint in the Liz Lessner empire as The Jury Room. After the Jury Room closed, a meatball spot called “Balls” was going to move in, but when public reception of the […]

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Restaurant Review: Press Pub on Fifth

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Press Pub on Fifth

The Press Grill expanded its empire this spring and opened a spot up on Fifth Avenue. People who don’t like parking in the Short North will be pleased to find that Press #2 has its very own parking lot, along with outdoor seating, and a pretty traditional, darkish pub atmosphere inside. The new Press Pub […]

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Restaurant Review: What’s for Döner

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: What’s for Döner

Oh Mall Scene, it’s been a few years since our last visit. You are surprisingly bustling and clotted with focused shoppers in the middle of a weekday; they drag around bags of loot as they move from one vendor to the next. But today’s personal mission is in the glorious food court… there with the […]

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Restaurant Review: Fresh Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Fresh Kitchen

A reader tip rolled in this summer, suggesting a visit to Fresh Kitchen out at Mill Run. According to the email, the restaurant can be found smack dab in one of the healthiest strip malls in the city; one that holds three fitness clubs, a supplement store, and a juice place. That’s no exaggeration. It’s […]

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Restaurant Review: The Eagle

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Eagle

If The Eagle looks a little too moneyed to be an independent joint, you’re on to something. That’s not to say it’s part of the mega chain invasion that irks Short North purists. The joint does have some pre-Columbus history, though. It’s part of a diverse restaurant empire based in Cincinnati. There’s another Eagle down […]

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Review: Condado Columbus Commons

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: Condado Columbus Commons

If memory serves correctly, the demise of the taco trend was personally predicted two years ago. At the time, tacos had already spread from their ubiquitous trucks to placement on every restaurant menu, in every form. Taco Tuesday was just too popular to last forever. Surely it had jumped the shark. Good thing nobody told […]

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