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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: 1831 Tavern

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: 1831 Tavern

Regarding 1831 Tavern: thank heavens they changed the name. The Balls idea, though punny, was maybe better for a Hooters type of establishment. And since the staff at 1831 seems to be well-covered during visits, you’d hate to disappoint aficionados of exposed body parts. As consolation, there’s still lots of room for balls references on […]

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Restaurant Review: Forno Kitchen + Bar

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

According to the interwebs, “forno” is an Italian cooking term that can be used to designate food that has been baked or roasted, it means “oven”. At some point in their lives, most people have seen something like Chicken al Forno or Pasta al Forno on a restaurant menu or in a cookbook. Still, it […]

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Restaurant Review: Brunch at Nada

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Brunch at Nada

Weekend Brunch is the time to hit up Nada. First, because you don’t have to fight the crowds. Second, because its brunch menu goes beyond boring-but-fabulous egg and bacon options, and finally, because those Nada options are delicious. Before a food discussion, it’s best to begin with a discussion of the striking Nada decor. After […]

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Restaurant Review: Zoe Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Zoe Cafe

It’s not even prime time lunching hours, and Zoe Cafe is hoppin’. Even past 1pm in the afternoon, all of its tables are full. Behind the order counter, the kitchen team is in full-on hustle to move orders out to tables. While Bexley is a community that doesn’t need much of anything, Zoe seems to […]

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Restaurant Review: Little Eater

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Little Eater

Although bowls of veggie combos take center stage at its North Market counter, Little Eater is much more than a bunch of well-crafted salads. The newest eatery offers a fully developed menu for market visitors. Little Eater’s paper menu is attached to a clipboard that sits at one end of the counter. There, you can […]

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Restaurant Review: Blue Top New Chinese Cuisine

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Blue Top New Chinese Cuisine

Blue Top New Chinese Cuisine is the joint that set up shop inside the address long held by Thai Taste. It sits in a strip mall on Kenny Road that has always held a jackpot of authentic international cuisines: the buildings have been home to a collection of offerings that has included an Indian restaurant […]

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Restaurant Review: Fox in the Snow Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Fox in the Snow Cafe

Italian Village is well on its way to gentrification. Although gentrification itself has been a controversial subject of late, there is reason to rejoice when it comes to expanded eating opportunities. In Italian Village, the process includes a Fourth Street stop called Fox in the Snow, and there you can score a good doughnut for […]

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