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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: 6-1-Pho

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: 6-1-Pho

6-1-Pho’s name is cute and clearly soup-centric, but its meatballs steal the show. The corner stop in Clintonville is regularly packed full of customers learning the ropes of ordering at the fledgling fast-casual business. Like a Chipotle (et al.), 6-1-Pho features a cafeteria line where you can view your eating assembly options, before making any […]

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Restaurant Review: Aab India in Bexley

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Aab India in Bexley

Bexley’s Aab India is the third Aab operation in Columbus. Aab entered the local dining market a few years ago in Grandview. Then it opened another spot on Sawmill, and now it’s joined the busy Bexley eating scene on Main Street. Although new to the neighborhood, the place is already popular. In a smaller space, […]

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Restaurant Review: Sababa Mediterranean Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Sababa Mediterranean Grill

Chipotle-styled restaurants are all-the-rage. We’ve got Piada covering the Italian angle with counter-made, custom piadas and pasta. We’ve got Bibibop covering the Asian options. And Sababa has stepped up for fans of Mediterranean fare. Sababa is actually not the first place in town to use the popular dining theme for pitas: a place called Mezze […]

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Restaurant Review: Izzy & Mo’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Izzy & Mo’s

For a brief moment in history, the King Avenue space next to Till was destined for doughnuts. And while the plans have since changed significantly, bialys and babka are pretty good consolation. Izzy & Mo’s is the new culinary project from Magdiale Wolmark and Cristin Austin, the team that brought Columbus renown restaurants such as […]

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Restaurant Review: The Walrus Kitchen & Public House

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Walrus Kitchen & Public House

For a while there, it seemed like the secret to recipe-success was adding bacon. Bacon t-shirts, bacon festivals, bacon in baklava, bacon jelly, bacon sprinkles for ice cream: the modes of celebrating the substance are endless. People love their bacon. All the same, when it comes to the newbie Walrus Kitchen & Public House, the […]

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Restaurant Review: Tai Tiki Polynesian Bar Grill & Sushi

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tai Tiki Polynesian Bar Grill & Sushi

Lots of people have lots of fond memories of The Kahiki. Per the stories, it was an immersive Polynesian experience with waterfalls and birds and indoor thunderstorms. And while the days of the kitschy light shows are far behind, the menu theme has returned at Thai Tiki in the Short North. Not just the edible […]

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Brunch Review: Ethyl & Tank

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Brunch Review: Ethyl & Tank

Of the empire that built The Crest, The Market Italian Village and Alchemy, Ethyl & Tank is the golden child. Of course, good people can disagree. The ritzier, more artisan-y spots with gardens and gourmet fare have ardent supporters, and for good reason. All the same, there’s something to be said for a stop that […]

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