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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: Rippers Roadstand

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Rippers Roadstand

There are lots of ways to cook a hot dog. You could grill it like they do at Daredevil Dogs. Other joints plump them with water. For desperation dining, hot dog cooking is often a microwave event. At Rippers Roadstand, a new joint near OSU, the kitchen deep fat fries the hot dogs. Of all […]

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Restaurant Review: Fukuryu Ramen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Fukuryu Ramen

It’s been a few months since I wrote anything in list format. Clickbait sites put everything in list format, so that sucks some of the joy out of what is surely the most organized way to write anything. Regardless, something about Fukuryu Ramen inspires a list. 1) It’s run by the family behind The Kahiki. […]

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Review: Addis Restaurant

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: Addis Restaurant

When the Blue Nile closed a few years ago, it left a big hole in the local culinary scene. The owner was beloved, the cuisine (Ethiopian) was uncommon, and the place was located on High Street in the main drag. Good news for fans of Ethiopian food and its injera bread: Addis serves up the […]

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Restaurant Review: Schokko Art Café at CMA

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Schokko Art Café at CMA

The view from the Cameron Mitchell project inside the Columbus Museum of Art is really nice. That’s probably to be expected: certainly, an art gallery would do things right in the aesthetics department. Still, Schokko is almost breathtaking, hypnotic; braced by a wall of windows that opens to a lush lawn with a giant naked […]

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Short Order: Pulled Pork Nachos at Iron Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Pulled Pork Nachos at Iron Grill

Good people may disagree on all sorts of topics regarding the fare at Iron Grill. The eatery’s menu features burgers, flatbreads, fried fish and barbecue — it’s Americana in all its glory. Regardless of culinary disagreements (matters of taste), the house Pulled Pork Nachos ($9.99) are a unifying entity. People drive across town to score […]

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Restaurant Review: Halwani Cuisine

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Halwani Cuisine

From the outside, a passerby might guess that Halwani Cusisine might be a Mediterranean, Middle Eastern or Indian joint. There’s the curly font, and a name with construction that suggests an ethnic origin. Only in smaller lettering, does the exterior sign hint at what’s on the menu. Inside the door, over the order counter, looms […]

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Restaurant Review: Easy Street Cafe – Bexley Edition

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Easy Street Cafe – Bexley Edition

German Village institution, Easy Street Cafe set up a satellite operation in Bexley that made its debut at the end of 2015 (technically, it’s in the Columbus neighborhood of Eastmoor, but branding itself as the Bexley locale). It’s dark inside the new digs, but not dank. The staff, in the aisle or at the counter […]

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