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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 [email protected].

Restaurant Review: Blaze Pizza

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Blaze Pizza

With the addition of a newish Worthington location, Columbus is now home to two Blaze Pizza establishments. It’s a fast casual chain where guests move down the order line, picking pizza toppings as a staffer builds their pies. Lebron James is one of the investors in Blaze, so if you’re going to visit Lebron’s pizza […]

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Restaurant Review: Stack’d

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Stack’d

There is a world of opportunity inside Stack’d. The spot looks like a standard quick-service downtown joint, but it might as well be a super-cafeteria when it comes to menu options. Name any build your own spot, and Stack’d can build more: sandwiches, lettuce wraps, pasta, pizza, salad and chips from a variety of cultural […]

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Restaurant Review: Meister’s Bar

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Meister’s Bar

The opening of Giordano’s up at Polaris has been big news on the eating scene this summer. Pizza fans were counting the days until its Chicago-styled pies hit town. It’s not the first Chicago pizza chain to set up shop in Columbus. For one, the internet says that there’s still an Uno’s at Tuttle Crossing. […]

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Restaurant Review: City Egg

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: City Egg

It’s early in the game, but City Egg is thinking in terms of plurals. Its website is already CityEggRestaurants.com (with an “s”) and it displays a “locations” button at the top of the page. But really, there’s just one City Egg. And it launched in June in Columbus on the northwest side. City Egg is […]

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Restaurant Review: Red Door BBQ

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Red Door BBQ

Red Door BBQ is a sign that Franklinton is an evolving neighborhood: the area is entering the early revitalization stage that happens about a decade before gentrification pushes out the local inhabitants. The eatery opened with a splash this spring, just in time for barbecue season, and has already scored a spot on local BBQ […]

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Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Takeover (Clintonville Version)

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Takeover (Clintonville Version)

There’s a little stretch on High Street, up at the North end in Clintonville, that is growing suspiciously similar to the North Market. First, it got a Jeni’s. Now Hot Chicken Takeover has moved in, and right next door? Signs for an impending Little Eater. Not that it’s got the same character as the Market. […]

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Restaurant Review: Asempe Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Asempe Kitchen

Editor’s Note: Asempe Kitchen offers a new menu each week. As photos are taken following each review, CU was unable to photograph the dishes purchased by the reviewer.  If The Hills Market Downtown’s eternal wonderland of eating options in the back has grown tiresome, Asempe Kitchen has been shaking up its kitchen scene at the […]

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