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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: Bareburger

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Bareburger

Bareburger: it seems like a good thing. Sure, there’s a little bit of chain-ness to the new Short North burger barn. The chairs and tables have a sturdy suburban accent to them, for example. But the big salvaged Yankee Trader sign that hangs proudly on one wall gives Bareburger street cred for independent spirits. The […]

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Food Truck Review: Teodora’s Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Food Truck Review: Teodora’s Kitchen

After a long, hard winter, Food Truck Season is just starting to bloom again in Columbus. This is the year to try Teodora’s Kitchen. Teodora’s Kitchen is a great big, golden yellow Panamanian food truck. The portable kitchen has weathered winter’s hostility by teaming with a couple of local businesses: Seventh Son Brewing Company for […]

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Restaurant Review: La Tavola

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: La Tavola

La Tavola has a big, beloved history on the local dining scene. Originally an establishment in Powell, it moved over onto Riverside Drive for a few years. Then, in 2009, it stopped existing altogether while the owners started a restaurant project called Knead down in the Short North Now in 2014, La Tavola rides again. […]

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Restaurant Review: Rishi Sushi

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Rishi Sushi

Rishi Sushi offers guests front row seats on Downtown’s bustling Third Street. Thanks to a great wall of windows, the kinetic view of cars and people whizzing by is perpetually on display. There is just as much hustle and energy inside the new spot with its two floors and modern lines. It serves from a […]

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Restaurant Review: Harvest Kitchen + Bar

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Harvest Kitchen + Bar

It was hard to understand why it took months for Harvest to open in its new Clintonville location. The High Street address had already been the home of Mozart’s Bakery for years. It’s not like turning a car lot into a kitchen, for Pete’s sake. But inside the front door, it’s easier to appreciate the […]

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Restaurant Review: Phatt Taco

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Phatt Taco

Downtown’s Phatt Taco comes enriched with a good bit of philosophy. It uses organic, fancy, baby greens; it’s got a juice bar. Phatt Taco’s cooler is stocked with non-HFC (that’s High Fructose Corn Syrup) soda pops. All the philosophical stuff doesn’t really hit you in the face when you walk through the door. But it’s […]

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Restaurant Review: Cameron’s American Bistro

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Cameron’s American Bistro

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has hired one of two teams: it’s either the most convincing crew of thespians in the universe, or it’s the most sincerely caring waitstaff in world history. It’s not easy to deal with the public. There are a million restaurant staffer blogs and discussion boards that detail the miseries of waiting on […]

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