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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 Combo: Hai Poké & PurePressed Juicery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review Combo: Hai Poké & PurePressed Juicery

Hai Poké is due to open its very own poké place in the Short North this summer, but there’s no reason to wait, you know. There are plenty of urban pop-up opportunities before that. The term “pop-up” is usually associated with random, unplanned events. Honestly, Hai Poké’s style is about as non-random as it gets. […]

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Treat to Try: Le Chocoholique Sampler

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Le Chocoholique Sampler

Le Chocoholique is a Short North destination known for its coffee, chocolates and cocktails. If you’re an efficiency freak, you can kill at least two birds with one stone by trying out a chocolate sampler that features a variety of its boozy flavors. The sampler gets you five pretty little chocolate specimens, each with a […]

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Restaurant Review: Elia Athenian Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Elia Athenian Grill

Elia Athenian Grill seems like a good addition to the busy scene at Broad & High. Just off the corner (close to the Scientology outlet), it’s a fast-casual joint that offers counter service, and the staffers call out your order by its number when it’s ready for pick-up. For starters, yay for the number thing. […]

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Review: De Novo on the Park

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: De Novo on the Park

De Novo on the Park had a long history not on the park (Columbus Commons), but near the park on High Street. It moved its digs across High to a lovely spot that overlooks the green space. The new space is huge — almost cavernous, but the restaurant itself is too open and windowed to […]

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Restaurant Review: Biscuit & Branch

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Biscuit & Branch

Biscuit & Branch, the new joint in the Short North, starts as a visual adventure. Darn near everything is hued in dove grey, which makes it different from dominant restaurant design styles that more typically emphasize lots of woodwork or color. Grey grey grey. It’s pretty though, and not institutional. Also, most of the seating […]

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Restaurant Review: Katalina’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Katalina’s

Katalina’s is well known for pancake balls. Well, yes, it does have pancake balls. And yes, they’re quite good. They’re also known for chorizo tacos. Yes, the tacos are nice too. But, there are other things on the menu — things that are lesser-known and also worth investigation. Sure, the stop is a renown weekend brunch staple. […]

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Restaurant Review: The Three-Legged Mare

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The 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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