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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 [email protected].

Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Takeover (Clintonville Version)

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Takeover (Clintonville Version)

There’s a little stretch on High Street, up at the North end in Clintonville, that is growing suspiciously similar to the North Market. First, it got a Jeni’s. Now Hot Chicken Takeover has moved in, and right next door? Signs for an impending Little Eater. Not that it’s got the same character as the Market. […]

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Restaurant Review: Asempe Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Asempe Kitchen

Editor’s Note: Asempe Kitchen offers a new menu each week. As photos are taken following each review, CU was unable to photograph the dishes purchased by the reviewer.  If The Hills Market Downtown’s eternal wonderland of eating options in the back has grown tiresome, Asempe Kitchen has been shaking up its kitchen scene at the […]

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Restaurant Review: Borgata #2

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Borgata #2

Borgata swept onto the local dining scene out of nowhere a few years ago. It’s not run by a famous restauranteur. It didn’t set up shop in a hip neighborhood like the Short North or Grandview. But, it’s attracted the loving attention of the local eating population. The original joint, acclaimed for its pizza, was […]

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Treat to Try: Golden Donuts & Diner

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: Golden Donuts & Diner

National Donut Day came and went at the very beginning of June. Honestly, pretty much any day can be donut day around here. Donuts are an easy splurge, and Columbus has lots of solid choices. Golden Donuts & Diner does it old-school. It’s on the South Side, operating a traditional diner and donut operation, while […]

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Restaurant Review: Palle by Moretti

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Palle by Moretti

For all its orneriness, Palle by Moretti is prima facie innocence and cuteness. Its booths are upholstered in sunny yellow. Chairs are in rainbow hues, and sunny sunflowers accent the decor. You might not notice that the servers wear shirts with two meatballs neatly placed in the nipple position. Or that the ladies’ room is […]

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Unusual Eats: Goatee Truffles from Food for Good Thought

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Unusual Eats: Goatee Truffles from Food for Good Thought

Food for Good Thought is a gluten-free bakery that provides employment opportunities for people with autism. It’s located in a little house in Clintonville, right off of High Street. Guests access the parking lot through the front driveway, or the alley in the back. Inside, there’s a classic bakery display with cookies and muffins and […]

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Restaurant Review: Over the Counter

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Over the Counter

Over the Counter has a whole bunch of cuteness going for it. With scant promotion, the sleek-looking diner set up shop in a strip mall that sits near the Worthington/Beechwold border. The address was formerly home to a pharmacy, so the eatery’s moniker does double-duty as a historical reference, as well as a nifty hat-tip […]

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