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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: Press Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Press Grill

Located in the Short North, The Press Grill is the sort of place that plays a soundtrack featuring AC/DC and Kiss without irony. Other joints may position themselves as the next hot dining destination for the haute couture crowd, but that’s not the Press Grill’s scene. It’s a neighborhood bar, and no matter how gentrified […]

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Restaurant Review: Olivers Burgers Steaks & Bourbon

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Olivers Burgers Steaks & Bourbon

Olivers is a new spot downtown from FAB Dining. FAB dining destinations are known for their distinctly over-the-top fabulous décor. Do up some gold swirls, add a few checks and some velvet -and you might have something that blends with the luxe decor at a FAB-establishment. Olivers, meanwhile, has a different look. For starters, it […]

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Restaurant Review: Tasi Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tasi Cafe

Even though it sits one block off of the main drag in the Short North, Tasi Cafe packs the house. It’s bustling, clamoring and busy, even when the High Street scene is sort of quiet… even before the noontime lunch hour officially starts. There are some reasons for that. First, Tasi Cafe has royal lineage. […]

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Brunch Review: Angry Bear Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Brunch Review: Angry Bear Kitchen

“No Dear, that is Growl. Angry Bear is closer to campus.” That’s what happens in a hip neighborhood. In the Clintonville area, there’s a Growl, a Savor Growl, and an Angry Bear. It’s hard for the non-foodies to make distinctions. But while the growling joints are more about beers than bears, Angry Bear itself is […]

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Restaurant Review: The Crafty Pint

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Crafty Pint

There’s a whole bunch of punnery happening with The Crafty Pint moniker. The destination’s emblem is a fox, and foxes are crafty in the sly-sense; so there’s that. Then there’s a menu that features craft beer. So, that’s another meaning for the term, “crafty”. But there’s more. It’s all crafty inside the establishment. Like, pinterest-inspired […]

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Restaurant Review: Strongwater Food and Spirits

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Strongwater Food and Spirits

The thing that’s so addictively lovable about found-object art is that you can see the artwork’s origins. It’s not all polished and shellacked and wholly removed from the source. In that same found-object way, Strongwater Food and Spirits is everything that’s exciting about an urban revitalization project. You can see its roots. It’s in a […]

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Restaurant Review: Smokehouse Brewing Company

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Smokehouse Brewing Company

Just in time for the summer eating season, Smokehouse Brewing Company has rebranded itself and introduced an updated menu of edibles. Formerly Barley’s Smokehouse Brewpub, the destination was and is a good-time spot on Dublin Road. The parking lot always seems full, and the inside is cavernous, so there’s plenty of room to find a […]

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