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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: 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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Restaurant Review: Cray Eatery & Drinkery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Cray Eatery & Drinkery

A restaurant with a menu that’s centered on an array of mini-burgers: sounds legit. Certainly, it’s as legitimate as a restaurant with a menu centered on chicken wings… or gourmet burgers, or pizza or ramen. Cray Eatery & Drinkery is the name of the new mini-burger joint. It’s set up shop in the Wonder Bread […]

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Restaurant Review: The Carvery

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Carvery

Sometimes things are divinely inspired, in concept… but disappointing in delivery. Car alarms, for example; or diet caffeine-free Mountain Dew. The concept behind The Carvery is so fantastically wonderful — fresh carved meats stacked and served on artisan bread, it’s hard to believe that the actual reality could live up to the conceptual perfection. The […]

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Restaurant Review: Spaghetti Warehouse

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Spaghetti Warehouse

In spite of writing about food in Columbus for umpteen million years, the longstanding Spaghetti Warehouse has never been the subject of any personal focus. This is probably because the Warehouse is part of a chain, and chains are seldom the subject of restaurant reviews — unless there is some novel local angle. But given […]

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Restaurant Review: Danny’s Deli

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Danny’s Deli

If you’re building a collection of places to hit during BLT season, Danny’s Deli needs to be on the list. First, because it does BLTs in purist style: toasty bread with layer on layer of crunchy bacon slices, tomatoes, and tender lettuce leaves dressed with a whisper of mayo. It’s crunchy and cool, every bite’s […]

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