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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: What the Waffle

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: What the Waffle

What the Waffle made its splashy, mid-summer King-Lincoln debut in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, when your business is waffles, it’s hard to do anything quietly. People get excited about starch and sugar.  As it turns out, the excitement almost did the waffler in. Lines of customers queued up all the way down the […]

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Restaurant Review: Frank & Carl’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Frank & Carl’s

In the best of times, the Columbus restaurant scene is brutal. Sure, we’re good eaters, and homogenous, familiar chain operations actually do pretty well here. But for the independent, it’s a constant balancing act…on a tight rope, suspended over a big ol’ cliff of debt and desolation.  Now COVID-19 has changed the rules, requiring not […]

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Restaurant Review: Charritos

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Charritos

There’s a strip mall at the corner of Henderson and Reed that is just jam packed with stuff. It’s got pizza, it’s got donuts, it’s got phone service providers and maybe mattresses, too. It’s all crammed in there.  In fact, Charritos is crammed in there, too. Somehow, the operation fits all the elements of a traditional Mexican restaurant […]

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Restaurant Review: Ghostwriter Public House

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Ghostwriter Public House

If someone asked you for a culinary destination point, you’d probably point them in the direction of the Short North. Or German Village. Or perhaps to Polaris or Easton for suburban types. Johnstown, as whole, is under-the radar, and that puts Ghostwriter Public House under the radar too.  But a short trip up the road yields […]

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Restaurant Review: NeeHee’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: NeeHee’s

It’s never been a better time to be a vegetarian in Columbus. Or, to sync-up with the trendier terminology: it’s never been a better time to be “plant-centric.” Central Ohio is bustling with restaurants that issue forth creative cuisine that does not involve animals. And we’re not just talking about side dishes, afterthoughts and consolation prizes. Joints […]

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Restaurant Review: Belly Burger

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Belly Burger

Expectations were not high for Belly Burger. It seems like a quick-flip, a random burger shop set up pell-mell inside the shell of Oliver’s. A month after opening and half the shelving in the bar was still barren.  Then again, to be fair, Oliver’s old shelving behind the bar runs all the way up the walls. […]

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Restaurant Review: Sargam Restaurant & Bar

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Sargam Restaurant & Bar

Columbus is home to a thriving Nepali community. In fact, the largest community of Bhutanese-Nepali in the whole U.S. calls Central Ohio home. At last count, the community was over 27,000 strong, and filled with hopeful entrepreneurs who, according to the internet, have contributed dozens of successful businesses in Reynoldsburg.   You can’t fuel innovation without some […]

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