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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: Acre Farm-to-Table To-Go

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Acre Farm-to-Table To-Go

Acre feels something like a start-up cousin to the Northstar Café. Both have counter service, both promote locally-grown sensibilities. Both have rice bowls on the menu. But at Acre, the counter team wears plaid shirts, while the back of the house wears serious white chef gear (minus poofy hat). And Acre doesn’t have a double-digit […]

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Garam Masala Indian Restaurant Closes

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Garam Masala Indian Restaurant Closes

Editor’s Note: In the short amount of time between this review taking place and today’s publishing schedule, Garam Masala has closed their doors at 5467 Bethel Sawmill Center. Their phone is disconnected, their website has been taken offline, and other customers have reported it as closed on Yelp. Rather than let this review go unpublished, we […]

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Restaurant Review: Laughlin’s Bakery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Laughlin’s Bakery

Laughlin’s Bakery has quite a backstory. It was once a home-baking operation run by a disabled opera singer (a casualty of a broken vocal chord). In August of 2014, it launched a Kickstarter bid for $35,000 to open a storefront business. If you know anything about Kickstarter, you know the profile of successful projects. While […]

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Restaurant Review: Bar 145

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Bar 145

Did someone say poutine? Open for almost a year, Bar 145 updated its menu a few weeks ago, and the newest edition includes a poutine option: Loaded Poutine Fries ($8). Actually, it’s not just any old poutine option, the offering is made with duck meat and veal gravy: fancy poutine. Then again, the term “poutine” […]

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Restaurant Review: Mezcal Cantina & Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Mezcal Cantina & Grill

When it comes to judging Mexican restaurants, there are all sorts of measuring sticks… 1) Is it authentic? How similar is it to the cantina you visited in Cancun during spring break? Are intestines on the menu? 2) The quality of the chile releno. 3) How much free chips and salsa do you get? In […]

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Restaurant Review: Toast Bar

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Toast Bar

The whole toast tasting bar idea seemed totally resistible. It was just too much. Too, too much. That was before visiting the new Toast Bar in Grandview. That was also before the realization that Toast Bar has bucked the number one dietary trend in the United States: gluten-free dining. Everything at Toast has gobs of […]

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Restaurant Review: Cravings Carryout Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Cravings Carryout Cafe

Cravings Carryout Cafe isn’t necessarily a carryout establishment. There’s a little table out front, and another one inside. If you get there at exactly the right moment, you might have a seating option – but it’s close quarters indoors. The bulk of its real estate is an expansive kitchen and prep area with an order […]

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