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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: 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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Restaurant Review: Creole at Gallo’s Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Creole at Gallo’s Kitchen

For a Cajun or Creole food fix, Columbus is home to plenty of fast-casual-ish options. There’s Yat’s, Da Levee, J Gumbo’s… but occasional cravings call for something a little fancier. Creole Kitchen might hit the spot, but its yet-to-open-sit-down-dining-digs might be worth holding out for. There’s another option: Gallo’s Kitchen. It’s officially in Upper Arlington, […]

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Restaurant Review: Pat and Gracie’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Pat and Gracie’s

Pat and Gracie’s doesn’t seem like the sort of place to open in a super-sized shopping center. With its deep woodsy tones, it feels more like a Downtown or Short North sort of stop. Instead, it’s pioneering a place for itself in Graceland Shopping Center, near a Michael’s Crafts and across a ginormous parking lot […]

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Restaurant Review: Dessert Bowl

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Dessert Bowl

The Dessert Bowl is making a name for itself serving Asian dessert options that are… out of the ordinary in the Midwest. It offers a few Midwestern-ish options too, in the event you have friends who find the thought of new things to be intimidating. The joint is small and clean with table service and […]

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Restaurant Review: Stav’s Diner

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Stav’s Diner

Right up next to the Bexley Centre Panera, a brand new eatery opened this summer in a neighboring strip mall. Stav’s Diner is right out of the pages of a story book, filled with crowds of eaters bellied up to the counter, and run by a clean-cut, two-man grill team with one bustling server. The […]

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Restaurant Review: Sandman’s Cheesesteak

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Sandman’s Cheesesteak

Although the eatery’s grand opening wasn’t exactly highly anticipated, the lines outside Sandman’s Cheesesteak tell a different story. The trail of humanity queued up in an Arena District alley is rather attention getting; attention-getting enough to inspire a meticulously-timed 11am visit, so as to avoid the rush. According to the joint’s website, the cheesesteak operation […]

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Restaurant Review: Starliner Diner

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Starliner Diner

Pun Warning. Starliner Diner originally launched years ago on Cemetery Road. It took flight when demolition crews were scheduled for the original digs this spring. As of early June, its landed safely nearby on Main Street in Hilliard. Okay, with that out of the way, Starliner’s back. Most restaurants don’t transition nearly so well. It […]

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