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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: Tacos Fogoncito

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tacos Fogoncito

If there’s a famous taco joint in town, it’s probably Los Guachos. The Food Network put it on the map when it celebrated the top five tacos in the nation, and Los Guachos made that list, earning kudos for its al pastor version of the classic. Unsurprisingly, the place is popular with local eaters too. […]

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Restaurant Review: Leone’s Pizza

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Leone’s Pizza

Are you ready for more pizza? The first visit to Leone’s was hot on the heels of a stinging defeat at the first annual Best Bites: Pizza event. Guests at the event voted for Cincinnati-based chain Dewey’s as the best pie in town; better than any local mom n’ pop operation. Ouch. Dewey’s puts out […]


Photos: Dinner at Glenlaurel Inn

Lillian Dent Lillian Dent Photos: Dinner at Glenlaurel Inn

The night that we drove to the Glenlaurel Inn was consumed by fog making the Scottish inspired Inn so much more convincing. The Inn lies on 140 acres of land and is tucked away into a corner of woods. The main house is lit by soft lights, giving it a warm and welcoming glow even […]

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Restaurant Review: Freshii

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Freshii

So, Freshii is officially a thing. It’s the next McDonald’s, or the next Chipotle, or the next healthy-something. At least, that’s what the business investment websites say. Freshii’s goal is to take boutique healthy foods, and make them fast n’ friendly. It doubled its outlets last year with 120 new locations in 2015. Now in […]


Restaurant Review: Rippers Roadstand

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Rippers Roadstand

There are lots of ways to cook a hot dog. You could grill it like they do at Daredevil Dogs. Other joints plump them with water. For desperation dining, hot dog cooking is often a microwave event. At Rippers Roadstand, a new joint near OSU, the kitchen deep fat fries the hot dogs. Of all […]


Restaurant Review: Fukuryu Ramen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Fukuryu Ramen

It’s been a few months since I wrote anything in list format. Clickbait sites put everything in list format, so that sucks some of the joy out of what is surely the most organized way to write anything. Regardless, something about Fukuryu Ramen inspires a list. 1) It’s run by the family behind The Kahiki. […]

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Review: Addis Restaurant

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: Addis Restaurant

When the Blue Nile closed a few years ago, it left a big hole in the local culinary scene. The owner was beloved, the cuisine (Ethiopian) was uncommon, and the place was located on High Street in the main drag. Good news for fans of Ethiopian food and its injera bread: Addis serves up the […]

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