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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: SIP Local

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: SIP Local

SIP slipped right into the Clintonville brewing space left behind after the Actual Brewing debacle. SIP Local, a branch of Somewhere in Particular Brewing, kept the physical features of the address the same, but the decor comes from a different angle. Gone is the science theme and narwhal skeleton. Now, macrame reigns supreme, centered around a […]

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Restaurant Review: Ninja Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Ninja Grill

Upon reflection, hibachi places were doing a BYO (build-your-own) schtick before it was cool. Sure, it’s a ubiquitous eating format now: BYO Asian, Mexican, Italian and organic eats are commonplace – all of them with ordering processes where customers point and pick ingredients.  But hibachi joints were always kinda doing the same thing, right? Maybe it wasn’t […]

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Restaurant Review: George’s Linworth Diner

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: George’s Linworth Diner

As the north side of town continues to fill in all its pastures and green space with apartment complexes, the eating scene in Linworth is blossoming. Once defined by a largely vacant stretch between 315 and Sawmill, eateries have multiplied exponentially, providing Mexican fare, ice cream and pizza galore. Amidst this culinary explosion is George’s Linworth Diner. […]

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Restaurant Review: District North

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: District North

District North set up shop in the Atlas Building, one of Downtown’s more notable structures, last fall. The Atlas isn’t notable because of hype or glitz, it’s notable because it’s historic. The building was designed in 1905 by Frank Packard, a renown local architect. Somehow, the structure has survived a history that includes foreclosure, code […]

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Restaurant Review: Flatiron Tavern

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Flatiron Tavern

Flatiron is back. It seems like the curiously skinny Flatiron building has always housed a restaurant on the ground level of its long, slender self. For awhile, it was a reliable, quality Cajun-ish joint, then it ventured into something along the lines of nouveau cuisine. Then the whole operation closed its doors. But now, Flatiron is back, […]

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Restaurant Review: Choripan Argentine Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Choripan Argentine Grill

Choripan Argentine Grill had a quiet opening on the northwest side. As its name suggests, Argentinian fare is on the menu, and it’s not just Argentinian: Choripan is a health-conscious establishment, too. It serves from a menu that is all gluten-free.  Gluten-free Argentinian is quite a distinctive combo. It might be easy for a restaurant to […]

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Restaurant Review: Flavor 91 Burger Bistro

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Flavor 91 Burger Bistro

Flavor 91 Burger Bistro set up shop a couple years ago in a mostly unassuming spot. Its address on East Main Street puts the eatery neatly in Whitehall, which is a little off-the-beaten-path when it comes to culinary opportunities. Still, the bistro’s festive exterior signage suggests there’s something special inside its doors.  In spite of its […]

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