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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 [email protected].

Brunch Restaurant Review: South Village Grille

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Brunch Restaurant Review: South Village Grille

South Village Grille made its debut on Thurman earlier this year, opening in the former home of the longstanding Easy Street Cafe. The project is part of the same restaurant group that hosts Old Skool and Local Cantina. All the same, South Village couldn’t be more different from its cohorts. While the co-establishments are hang-outs, […]

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Restaurant Review: Way Down Yonder

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Way Down Yonder

United Provision Meat Company (a.k.a. Columbus Food Hub) is now home to not one, but two eating establishments. What the Waffle holds down the fort mornings through middays, serving waffly breakfast sandwich concoctions. Way Down Yonder takes the reigns at noon for lunch and dinner. The project promises authentic gumbo and southern food, and it […]

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Review: NE Chinese Restaurant

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: NE Chinese Restaurant

The Old North got a brand new Chinese restaurant a few weeks ago. With utilitarian chairs and tables, the place is not much on ambiance, but in terms of delivering authentic, quality eats, NE Chinese Restaurant brings something good to the table. There are two menus, but it’s not like one of them is a […]

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Restaurant Review: Smoked on High

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Smoked on High

It’s gonna be difficult for Smoked on High to live up to all of the online buzz. Although it opened with almost zero hype, fawning fans have testified that the barbecue is out-of-this-world. And even a hard-core contrarian can admit: the fawning fans are kinda right. It’s hard not to like the operation from the […]

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Restaurant Review: Ranchero Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Ranchero Kitchen

Ranchero Kitchen sits in a strip mall on Morse Road just East of 71. It should be easy to get to, but things can go catywaumpus on Morse, and here, Siri suggests an adventurous path that includes driving over a lawn. It’s worth the ride. With a shimmering chandelier at the center of the joint, […]

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Restaurant Review: Tiger + Lily

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tiger + Lily

Tiger + Lily is the sort of place that makes you believe in the Downtown vision. It’s sleek, modern, and bustling with an attractive crowd. Hosts greet guests warmly in the streamlined space that holds small dining tables on one side and tall counter tables on the other. Suitable for both lone eaters and small […]

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Restaurant Review: The Pit BBQ Grille

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Pit BBQ Grille

In terms of scratching the summertime barbecue itch, The Pit BBQ Grille is a worthy destination. The joint made its debut on Cleveland Avenue less than a year ago, a project involving a crew of former OSU football players. College football seems like a promising marketing angle in Columbus, but guests at the eatery wouldn’t […]

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