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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: Schokko Art Café at CMA

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Schokko Art Café at CMA

The view from the Cameron Mitchell project inside the Columbus Museum of Art is really nice. That’s probably to be expected: certainly, an art gallery would do things right in the aesthetics department. Still, Schokko is almost breathtaking, hypnotic; braced by a wall of windows that opens to a lush lawn with a giant naked […]

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Short Order: Pulled Pork Nachos at Iron Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Pulled Pork Nachos at Iron Grill

Good people may disagree on all sorts of topics regarding the fare at Iron Grill. The eatery’s menu features burgers, flatbreads, fried fish and barbecue — it’s Americana in all its glory. Regardless of culinary disagreements (matters of taste), the house Pulled Pork Nachos ($9.99) are a unifying entity. People drive across town to score […]

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Restaurant Review: Halwani Cuisine

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Halwani Cuisine

From the outside, a passerby might guess that Halwani Cusisine might be a Mediterranean, Middle Eastern or Indian joint. There’s the curly font, and a name with construction that suggests an ethnic origin. Only in smaller lettering, does the exterior sign hint at what’s on the menu. Inside the door, over the order counter, looms […]

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Restaurant Review: Easy Street Cafe – Bexley Edition

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Easy Street Cafe – Bexley Edition

German Village institution, Easy Street Cafe set up a satellite operation in Bexley that made its debut at the end of 2015 (technically, it’s in the Columbus neighborhood of Eastmoor, but branding itself as the Bexley locale). It’s dark inside the new digs, but not dank. The staff, in the aisle or at the counter […]

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Restaurant Review: Valter’s at Maennerchor

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Valter’s at Maennerchor

Columbus is home to plenty of Mexican joints, Italian joints, sushi bars and Chinese restaurants. When it comes to German food, however, that’s a little less ubiquitous. You can almost name all of the local German food operations. The prominent ones are Schmidt’s, Hofbrauhaus, and the place out at Crosswoods: Wurst Und Bier. Now, Valter’s […]

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Restaurant Review: Dada Empanada

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Dada Empanada

The Dada Empanada experience inspires lots of random observations. It’s probably best practice to number all the observations, in order to keep the data all at hand.* If you’re going to visit, you should call first, and make sure they’re open. The hours are basically 11am-11pm, but that timing seems to be flexible, and it’s […]

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Review: Acre Farm-to-Table Breakfast

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Review: Acre Farm-to-Table Breakfast

Clintonville is the number-one rated neighborhood in Columbus — and the original home of the locavore. And in the highly esteemed hood, you can speed down the street on a weekday morning, past the fifteen-cars queued up at Starbucks… you can bypass all that happiness and zip right in to Acre Farm-to-Table for breakfast (which is technically […]

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