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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: Tandoori Grill Xpress

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tandoori Grill Xpress

Normally, a review of a hotel snack shop like G&Z Stores would be something a CU reader could expect on April Fool’s Day. The possibilities for writer snark are endless. From the faux chocolate on Nestle’s Butterfingers, to the lack of fresh-from-the-farm, locally sourced ingredients, it’s ripe for the picking. But this is not April. […]

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Restaurant Review: Cataland Kuzina

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Cataland Kuzina

Cataland Kuzina isn’t particularly new, and it’s not particularly conveniently located -unless you happen to find yourself near the north end (and “end” means “dead-end”) of Hamilton Road. There, you’ll find the establishment in a lone strip mall surrounded by endless waves of track housing. But a tip on the CU discussion boards suggested that […]

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Restaurant Review: JC’s Just Chili

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: JC’s Just Chili

The Grandview area used to be the sort of place where you could find little mom n’pop eateries. Maybe not on the main drag, but just off the avenue, on the side streets in the neighborhood. It still is. It might be harder to find the places, blinded by the Winking Lizard and Starbucks signs, […]

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Restaurant Review: BonChon Chicken

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: BonChon Chicken

“It isn’t merely today’s best chicken; it’s perfect, the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.” Those are the words from an Esquire food writer, about Bonchon’s chicken wings. You’ll find the same sort of superlatives in reviews from consumers on discussion boards and Yelp. The words seem sincere: there are lots of exclamation points. No […]

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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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