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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: Creole at Gallo’s Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Creole at Gallo’s Kitchen

For a Cajun or Creole food fix, Columbus is home to plenty of fast-casual-ish options. There’s Yat’s, Da Levee, J Gumbo’s… but occasional cravings call for something a little fancier. Creole Kitchen might hit the spot, but its yet-to-open-sit-down-dining-digs might be worth holding out for. There’s another option: Gallo’s Kitchen. It’s officially in Upper Arlington, […]

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Restaurant Review: Pat and Gracie’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Pat and Gracie’s

Pat and Gracie’s doesn’t seem like the sort of place to open in a super-sized shopping center. With its deep woodsy tones, it feels more like a Downtown or Short North sort of stop. Instead, it’s pioneering a place for itself in Graceland Shopping Center, near a Michael’s Crafts and across a ginormous parking lot […]

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Restaurant Review: Dessert Bowl

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Dessert Bowl

The Dessert Bowl is making a name for itself serving Asian dessert options that are… out of the ordinary in the Midwest. It offers a few Midwestern-ish options too, in the event you have friends who find the thought of new things to be intimidating. The joint is small and clean with table service and […]

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Restaurant Review: Stav’s Diner

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Stav’s Diner

Right up next to the Bexley Centre Panera, a brand new eatery opened this summer in a neighboring strip mall. Stav’s Diner is right out of the pages of a story book, filled with crowds of eaters bellied up to the counter, and run by a clean-cut, two-man grill team with one bustling server. The […]

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Restaurant Review: Sandman’s Cheesesteak

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Sandman’s Cheesesteak

Although the eatery’s grand opening wasn’t exactly highly anticipated, the lines outside Sandman’s Cheesesteak tell a different story. The trail of humanity queued up in an Arena District alley is rather attention getting; attention-getting enough to inspire a meticulously-timed 11am visit, so as to avoid the rush. According to the joint’s website, the cheesesteak operation […]

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Restaurant Review: Starliner Diner

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Starliner Diner

Pun Warning. Starliner Diner originally launched years ago on Cemetery Road. It took flight when demolition crews were scheduled for the original digs this spring. As of early June, its landed safely nearby on Main Street in Hilliard. Okay, with that out of the way, Starliner’s back. Most restaurants don’t transition nearly so well. It […]

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Restaurant Review: Bento Go

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Bento Go

Bento Go opened up this summer inside of the shell of a Wendy’s on Henderson Road. To that end, it’s equipped with a super-cute drive-thru window. The window is a work-in-progress; the caveat of the addition, as explained by an indoor staffer, is that everything at Bento Go is made to order. Drive-thrus are not […]

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