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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: Three-Legged Mare

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Three-Legged Mare

It seems like the Irish Pub Scene was kinda big a few years back, in the days before Columbus discovered tacos, and Irish beer was bigger than homegrown variants. Irish Pubs are less ubiquitous now, but Three-Legged Mare still holds down the scene in the Arena district. And it has tacos. The Mare is built […]

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Restaurant Review: Tensuke Express

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tensuke Express

The road to Tensuke Express is a well-traveled one for food fans. Tensuke Market has long been a popular destination for an expansive selection of Japanese groceries and ready-to-eat options. It’s nested near other heavy-hitters such as Akai Hana and Belle’s Bread. That is to say, the zone is perpetually bustling with activity. Tensuke Express […]

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Breakfast Review: What the Waffle?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Breakfast Review: What the Waffle?

The What the Waffle story starts at the Columbus Food Hub. The Food Hub isn’t new. According to its website, it was founded in 2013 by Allen Scott, as an offshoot of his United Provision Meat, Seafood & Catering Company. United Provision itself is decades old, with a long history of offering well-priced, painfully fresh […]

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Restaurant Review: Goremade Pizza in Italian Village

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Goremade Pizza in Italian Village

Let’s start here: Goremade Pizza is pretty much all the nice things its fans have said about it since its opening last year. Goremade earns high-praises, not just because pizza is generally a lovable genre, but because Goremade’s pizza is a special exemplar of excellence. But there’s something else too. There’s a special proprietor and […]

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Brunch Review: Rooks Tavern in the University District

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Brunch Review: Rooks Tavern in the University District

Rooks Tavern is billed as upscale “boutique” barbecue, so it seems reasonable to have some concerns over whether a t-shirt is okay guest apparel. You can wear a t-shirt. The staff wears flannel. Half the guests are wearing t-shirts. It’s all good. So the boutique bit, that has more to do with the service (it’s […]

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Restaurant Review: Ye Asian Bistro

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Ye Asian Bistro

For a while there, Chinese buffets were everywhere. While quality control was an issue, you couldn’t argue with the quantity for a price tag that was typically less than ten bucks. After years and years of existence as a Chinese buffet, the new operators at 139 Graceland quietly did something new with the restaurant space. […]

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Restaurant Review: Standard Hall

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Standard Hall

There are not many booths at Standard Hall, but the seats are worth fighting for. Perfectly curved for 10 percent extra privacy and situated facing the big TV, it’s tempting to #OccupyBooth for hours. That would be ideal. It would probably be socially acceptable too, if a dedicated diner could stay on an eating and […]

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