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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: 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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Restaurant Review: Club 185

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Club 185

Club 185 doesn’t need publicity. It’s rarely empty, the spot feeds the business crowd at lunch time, and morphs into a busy bar by happy hour. Getting a seat is often a matter of timing things right; that is, arriving at the moment a table is vacated. But when you get a craving for a […]

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Restaurant Review: Tatoheads Public House

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tatoheads Public House

Hal & Al’s was on the official CU review go-see list for a long time. Too long: it closed its doors this summer and became Tatoheads Public House. Hal & Al’s served only vegan-friendly food. Tatoheads does not — it puts meat on the plate. For eaters, the change isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless […]

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Restaurant Review: Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille

The new Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille is doing its own thing down in the Brewery District. Sure, it’s from the same good people who created a legendary joint in Pearl Alley, famous for empanadas and a cilantro sauce that people will spill blood over. But the new digs are a little glitzier. It’s more Frida […]

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