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Restaurant Reviews

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].

Review: Gallo’s Tap Room

 columbusfoodie Review: Gallo’s Tap Room

I admit, for the longest time, I wouldn’t set foot into Gallo’s Tap Room. For all intents and purposes, it looks like a dive bar in the middle of a concrete wasteland nestled deep in suburbia. And maybe at one time, it was exactly that. But little birdies have been whispering in my ear for […]

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Review: Basi Italia

 columbusfoodie Review: Basi Italia

When I ask those in the know where to get good Italian in Columbus, an answer that inevitably comes up time and time again is Basi Italia. Unbelievably though, although it’s been on my radar for ages, I never got around to eating there until a couple of days ago. Part of that is because […]

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Review: Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace

 columbusfoodie Review: Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace

Well, it really would be unfair of me to call this a review, since it’s virtually impossible for me to be impartial. I’m lucky enough to count co-owners (and soon to be spouses!) Liz and Harold among my friends, and because of that, will naturally lean toward wanting to see them succeed in all of […]

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Review: Western Pancake House

 columbusfoodie Review: Western Pancake House

As I’ve said previously, we’re always on the prowl for new breakfast joints; places we can go after our Saturday morning farmers market runs, places where we can get off our feet and enjoy a nice meal and each other’s company. After reading the article in the Dispatch about the reopening of Western Pancake House, […]

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Review: Caffe DaVinci

 columbusfoodie Review: Caffe DaVinci

In every restaurant I’ve reviewed, no matter what the type, I’ve always tried to look at the positives. Maybe I’ve turned into an Italian food snob. Maybe I expected too much. But unfortunately, I was unable to find a single thing about this restaurant that I liked. Caffe DaVinci is the next incarnation of the […]

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Breakfast Review: The Grill & Skillet

 columbusfoodie Breakfast Review: The Grill & Skillet

My family has a weekend tradition – this year, after heading to the farmers markets on Saturday mornings, we’ve been stopping at area restaurants for breakfast, or if it’s been late enough when we got there, brunch or lunch. Grill and Skillet has come recommended to me by a couple of different people, so we […]

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Louie’s Grill: Tex-Mex/Cuban Fusion in Hilliard

 columbusfoodie Louie’s Grill: Tex-Mex/Cuban Fusion in Hilliard

It’s inevitable that Louie’s Grill, the fairly new Tex-Mex/Cuban fusion bistro in Hilliard, gets compared to Starliner Diner – they share quite a few things – many menu items are identical, they’re both located on Cemetary Road, and Louie, the chef/owner, was Starliner Diner’s head chef for 12 years. But that’s where the similarities end. […]

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