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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: Factory on 4th

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Factory on 4th

The scoop on Factory on 4th is pretty well known. It made its debut inside the Wonder Bread building as Cray back in 2014. It struggled. A restaurant television show performed a makeover this spring. Now it’s called Factory on 4th. The post-makeover decor is nicer. Having never been a fan of graffiti art, the […]

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Restaurant Review: Big Mamma’s Burritos

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Big Mamma’s Burritos

Big Mamma’s Burritos hit Columbus this year, at first with a cooperative project at Park Street Patio & Saloon, and now with another location on Grandview Avenue (a third spot is coming later this year to South High Street). For recent Ohio University grads, it’s a hallowed institution, an Athens-based operation that dishes out big […]

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Restaurant Review: Roots Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Roots Cafe

You don’t have to buy into Roots Cafe’s mission, in order to appreciate the food. That said, an evaluation of the edibles alone offers only a tiny window into what it’s all about. Roots Cafe was developed with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank inside Reeb Avenue Center on the South side. The center is in an […]

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Restaurant Review: Tacos Fogoncito

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tacos Fogoncito

If there’s a famous taco joint in town, it’s probably Los Guachos. The Food Network put it on the map when it celebrated the top five tacos in the nation, and Los Guachos made that list, earning kudos for its al pastor version of the classic. Unsurprisingly, the place is popular with local eaters too. […]

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Restaurant Review: Leone’s Pizza

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Leone’s Pizza

Are you ready for more pizza? The first visit to Leone’s was hot on the heels of a stinging defeat at the first annual Best Bites: Pizza event. Guests at the event voted for Cincinnati-based chain Dewey’s as the best pie in town; better than any local mom n’ pop operation. Ouch. Dewey’s puts out […]

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Photos: Dinner at Glenlaurel Inn

Lillian Dent Lillian Dent Photos: Dinner at Glenlaurel Inn

The night that we drove to the Glenlaurel Inn was consumed by fog making the Scottish inspired Inn so much more convincing. The Inn lies on 140 acres of land and is tucked away into a corner of woods. The main house is lit by soft lights, giving it a warm and welcoming glow even […]

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Restaurant Review: Freshii

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Freshii

So, Freshii is officially a thing. It’s the next McDonald’s, or the next Chipotle, or the next healthy-something. At least, that’s what the business investment websites say. Freshii’s goal is to take boutique healthy foods, and make them fast n’ friendly. It doubled its outlets last year with 120 new locations in 2015. Now in […]

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