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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: The Chintz Room

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Chintz Room

Of the grande dames of the Columbus Food League, only the femmie Chintz Room remains standing. To be sure, in the wake of Surly Girl and Betty’s departures, there are still CFL joints such as Dirty Franks to feed you, but hot dogs don’t exactly say “GIRL POWER”. Though not upscale, The Chintz Room is […]

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Restaurant Review: Basil Thai, Brewery District Edition

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Basil Thai, Brewery District Edition

The space inside 460 South Front feels familiar. It is familiar. It’s been the recent home of Front Street Bar & Grill and a Frezno revival. Walkable and urban: it seems like the address should be more successful than it has been for restaurants. Now the space hosts a Thai joint. Not just any Thai […]

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Restaurant Review: SuperChef’s Breakfast & More

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: SuperChef’s Breakfast & More

For those who like statistics, there are lots of numbers worth knowing about Columbus City Schools. According to its website, the system has 109 schools that serve around 50,000 students. And according to the Ohio Department of Education, 77% of its ninth graders graduate in four years. More importantly, two of its alumni are the […]

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Restaurant Review: Red Velvet Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Red Velvet Cafe

The cupcakes and coffee are probably the headliners at Red Velvet Café, but the sandwiches deserve a bigger chunk of the spotlight. That’s no slam on the cupcakes, not at all. In fact, the house cupcakes are devastatingly gorgeous and delish. It’s easy to get distracted by the sweets –and we’ll get to a discussion […]

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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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