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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.

Breakfast Review: What the Waffle?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Breakfast Review: What the Waffle?

The What the Waffle story starts at the Columbus Food Hub. The Food Hub isn’t new. According to its website, it was founded in 2013 by Allen Scott, as an offshoot of his United Provision Meat, Seafood & Catering Company. United Provision itself is decades old, with a long history of offering well-priced, painfully fresh […]

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Restaurant Review: Goremade Pizza in Italian Village

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Goremade Pizza in Italian Village

Let’s start here: Goremade Pizza is pretty much all the nice things its fans have said about it since its opening last year. Goremade earns high-praises, not just because pizza is generally a lovable genre, but because Goremade’s pizza is a special exemplar of excellence. But there’s something else too. There’s a special proprietor and […]

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Brunch Review: Rooks Tavern in the University District

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Brunch Review: Rooks Tavern in the University District

Rooks Tavern is billed as upscale “boutique” barbecue, so it seems reasonable to have some concerns over whether a t-shirt is okay guest apparel. You can wear a t-shirt. The staff wears flannel. Half the guests are wearing t-shirts. It’s all good. So the boutique bit, that has more to do with the service (it’s […]

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Restaurant Review: Ye Asian Bistro

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Ye Asian Bistro

For a while there, Chinese buffets were everywhere. While quality control was an issue, you couldn’t argue with the quantity for a price tag that was typically less than ten bucks. After years and years of existence as a Chinese buffet, the new operators at 139 Graceland quietly did something new with the restaurant space. […]

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Restaurant Review: Standard Hall

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Standard Hall

There are not many booths at Standard Hall, but the seats are worth fighting for. Perfectly curved for 10 percent extra privacy and situated facing the big TV, it’s tempting to #OccupyBooth for hours. That would be ideal. It would probably be socially acceptable too, if a dedicated diner could stay on an eating and […]

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Restaurant Review: D&L Sandwich Kings

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: D&L Sandwich Kings

A new sandwich shop made its official debut this fall. D&L Sandwich Kings has opened its doors on East Main, serving something a little more special than your regular deli fare. It does its own house brisket and corned beef (and a few other things) with homespun style. You know you’re close to the establishment […]

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2016 Year in Review: The Best Food in Columbus

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott 2016 Year in Review: The Best Food in Columbus

While 2016 was a rocky year for fans of music and democrats, food has been a great consolation. Just like it always does, this year the eating scene delivered solace in a million different forms in Columbus. Happiness could be found in Poutine, it’s now everywhere on menus. This is good news for long-time fans […]

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