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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: 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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Restaurant Review: Black Point

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Black Point

Black Point is… ritzy. That would be expected in a Hyde Park project. The bartenders hustle around in old school vests, the servers wear classic white shirts. Still, since seafood is a headliner here, there was a faint but earnest hope of a restoration of the walk-over aquarium from the Liu Pon Xi days. No […]

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Restaurant Review: Mazah Mediterranean Eatery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Mazah Mediterranean Eatery

Everyone in the restaurant looked so happy. And they were all getting their orders so quickly: steaming plates of succulent meats and vibrant vegetables kept hustling by, all to the delight of eaters seated at nearby tables. Except at one table that sat barren, save for glasses of water with mint. Of course, it was […]

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Restaurant Review: The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek

Holy guacamole, those people out on Johnstown Road really needed a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant. The (CMR) Barn is positively teeming with humanity. The community’s new destination is huge and, well… barn-like. But even with an equally giant parking lot, there aren’t enough available spots to house the nonstop parade of vehicles. So, for savvy guests, […]

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