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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.

Lunch Review: Herb’n Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Lunch Review: Herb’n Cafe

Food trucks are typically modest enterprises. They’re scaled-down, basic operations with relatively low-risk operational set ups, when compared to restaurants. While the trucks themselves can be expensive to purchase, they’re not typically as daunting as a lease and full-time staff. So when popular food truck Herb’n Food developed a brick and mortar project, called Herb’n […]

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Restaurant Review: Phamous Philly’s Steak + Hoagie Shop

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Phamous Philly’s Steak + Hoagie Shop

Phamous Philly’s popped up a few months ago on Chittenden at Summit — it’s near the OSU campus zone, and just few blocks north of Weinland Park and Italian Village. The place has a catchy name and a polished logo that gives huge hints about the menu; it’s based on the classic Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwich. […]

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Restaurant Review: Brassica

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Brassica

Normally, you know exactly what to expect in a Chipotle styled joint. In the build-your-own world, there will be options such as lettuce, tomatoes and onions for starters. There will also be grilled chicken and steak… and bean sprouts if it the place is Asian-influenced. It’s all par for the creative course, right? Brassica’s line-up […]

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Restaurant Review: Borgata Pizza Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Borgata Pizza Cafe

People have a thing about New York traditional pizza. According to aficionados, the crust has to be thin, at least under the toppings. In the range of tomato sauce options, the levels have to be modest enough to keep the pizza tidy, and the slices have to be foldable. Those descriptors could apply to lots […]

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Restaurant Review: J Hot Fish

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: J Hot Fish

It’s taken too long to get to J Hot Fish. Some people might know the Olde Towne East location as the former home of the very popular Hot Chicken Takeover (now holed up in the North Market). Others might know it as a longstanding fresh fish market, United Provision. On Thursdays through Sundays, the address […]

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Restaurant Review: Phy Phom Pho

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Phy Phom Pho

Grandview Avenue newcomer Phy Phom Pho is a nice, pared down stop. Open a few weeks, it replaces Jobu Ramen as a neighborhood outlet for some pho. The new joint doesn’t try to do a whole lot of things, it sticks to the basics: noodles or rice with meat. That said, what it does do, it does […]

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Restaurant Review: The Crest Gastropub, Parsons Edition

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Crest Gastropub, Parsons Edition

It’s not completely clear what the design motif for the new Crest Gastropub is. Housed in a newer construction on Parsons, it’s not particularly modern decor. Modern typically implies sparse, and the space is deliciously and deeply cluttered with art and lighting installations. It’s not retro or woodsy either. Maybe it’s Restoration Hardware style. That’s […]

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