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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: Strongwater Food and Spirits

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Strongwater Food and Spirits

The thing that’s so addictively lovable about found-object art is that you can see the artwork’s origins. It’s not all polished and shellacked and wholly removed from the source. In that same found-object way, Strongwater Food and Spirits is everything that’s exciting about an urban revitalization project. You can see its roots. It’s in a […]

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Restaurant Review: Smokehouse Brewing Company

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Smokehouse Brewing Company

Just in time for the summer eating season, Smokehouse Brewing Company has rebranded itself and introduced an updated menu of edibles. Formerly Barley’s Smokehouse Brewpub, the destination was and is a good-time spot on Dublin Road. The parking lot always seems full, and the inside is cavernous, so there’s plenty of room to find a […]

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Restaurant Review: Tom+Chee

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tom+Chee

Nothing says Run Far Far Away like a giant line of customers spilling out the door of a joint. What could possibly be so delicious and so special that it’s worth investing hours of life standing in line? Fortunately, the line at Tom+Chee moves fast. In fact, it’s an order line that clips along in […]

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Restaurant Review: Alana’s Food and Wine

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Alana’s Food and Wine

Somehow, Alana’s has always slipped through the cracks. Somehow, ColumbusUnderground has never published an official review of the Columbus culinary giant. Perhaps that’s because Alana’s is already so renown. People know about Alana’s. They know to expect a changing menu and carefully crafted cuisine. They know to let go of any control-freak instincts, because Alana’s […]

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Restaurant Review: Little Lebanon

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Little Lebanon

Little Lebanon gets fawning online reviews. Lots of capital letters and exclamation points and terms such as “the best” and “fantastic”. The eatery’s customers display an undying devotion to both the house goods and its proprietors. And for good reason, on both accounts. The friendly owners, a husband and wife team, hustle between the front […]

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Restaurant Review: Brick, An American Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Brick, An American Kitchen

“Wait. Haven’t we been here before?” Nope. Unless that’s a reference the visit here last May; that was McCasky’s. Or maybe the visit a couple of months ago to Jack Whitney’s? It’s Brick now. Third time’s a charm right? Within the last year, Brick, An American Kitchen makes the third restaurant project to set up […]

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Restaurant Review: Hudson 29

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hudson 29

It’s not every day you find a buttonhole at the corner of your spiffy cloth napkin. But if the occasion arrises, even an uncouth HotPockets eater knows that the dinner napkin is clearly designed to attach to a shirt button for better apparel protection. Selfies would normally follow this sort of culture victory, but for […]

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