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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: Pizza Cucinova

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Pizza Cucinova

Pizza Cucinova looks exactly nothing like a Sbarro. The expectation of resemblance seems rational: Pizza Cucinova is an offspring of the mall eatery… and why mess with success? Sbarro was and is an institution of fabulous high school calzone memories. While there are about a thousand Sbarro stops, there is only one Pizza Cucinova, for […]

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Restaurant Review: Westies Gastropub

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Westies Gastropub

Westies Gastropub has set up camp in a big, really big, beautiful spot at 940 S. Front Street. It made its grand debut a few weeks ago. For all its bigness, the parking lot is teeny, so it’s easiest for drivers to to scope out a nice little spot for a vehicle on the street […]

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Restaurant Review: Taco Hass

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Taco Hass

The new eatery, Taco Hass, has been compared to a taco truck dining experience, a lot. That’s weird. Sure, its menu has tacos, like a taco truck, but 1) Taco Hass is inside a building. 2) It doesn’t move around. 3) It’s powered by a wood fired grill. Items #1 and #2 might invite comparisons […]

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Restaurant Review: C’est Si Bon Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: C’est Si Bon Cafe

Crepes were gonna be the next big thing. Then they never really got very big and popular. At least, not big like burritos or pho or chicken wings. Those sorts of eats appear on lots of menus and have entire restaurants built around them. It seems like crepes corralled a couple of food trucks and […]

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Restaurant Review: Betty’s In Memoriam

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Betty’s In Memoriam

Worst January ever: the lights at 680 N. High are dimming. The closing of Betty’s Fine Food & Spirits at the end of the month will be worse than all the armageddon, apocalypse and polar vortex events altogether. It’s time to pull out hair and scream in agony like a reality star who’s been kicked […]

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Restaurant Review: Jack and Benny’s Barnstormer Diner

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Jack and Benny’s Barnstormer Diner

Jack and Benny’s always seems to have a line outside on lazy weekend mornings. People love it: giant portions, great diner food . . . but for people who don’t love other people quite so much, there is a new option that has been mysteriously un-crowded so far; Jack and Benny’s Barnstormer Diner. OSU Airport […]

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Restaurant Review: Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe

The warning that Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe is out in the untraveled frontiers of Hilliard, that was an understatement. In the age of Google Maps, far-flung-ed-ness shouldn’t be a problem, but those maps can’t help you when the turn-off sign on Scioto Darby Road is bent all to hell and points in some random direction. And […]

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