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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: Links-N-Lemonade

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Links-N-Lemonade

Links-N-Lemonade opened up its very own brick-and-mortar hot dog joint in Graceland Shopping Center this summer. Like its food truck, the operation offers a very specific food genre: hot dogs and lemonade. In the case of its Graceland joint, it’s in a right-place/right-time situation. There’s not a lot of hot dog competition in the area, […]

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Restaurant Review: Couscous House

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Couscous House

Couscous House set up shop on a revitalizing stretch of Morse Road, an area recently populated by newer buildings along with bustling chain restaurants and stores. But Couscous House isn’t a chain restaurant. It’s a local start-up, offering what we’ll call a Chipotle-interpretation of Moroccan fare. As is the trend, it’s a place that lets you […]

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Restaurant Review: Bristol Republic

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Bristol Republic

The announcement of Bristol Republic as a replacement for Basil in the Short North might have raised a few eyebrows. For those frustrated with the neighborhood’s sprawling popularity and the accompanying departure of small, artisanal operations, the specter of something possibly bro-country — a concept that evokes flashbacks of faux honky tonks with dueling-pianos — […]

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Restaurant Review: Phenix Bistro

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Phenix Bistro

Gay Street is a reliably bustling thoroughfare Downtown. During lunch hour, the parking spots are usually filled from High Street to Cleveland Avenue; the sidewalks are dense with pedestrians, going-to or coming-from one of its many eateries.  So the short-lived nature of Criollo, a build-a-bowl project from the owners of Si Señor, was a bit of […]

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Restaurant Review: Spicy Hop

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Spicy Hop

Spicy Hop looks kinda iffy when you pull in. Sure, Bethel Road itself hosts a relatively cushy stretch of strip malls, but the Hop’s parking lot has seen better days. Its digs feature a deserted drive-through window and a basketball hoop in the back, the back door is propped open with a park bench stationed […]

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Restaurant Review: Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse

Buckeye Chili & Smokehouse opened without much fanfare Downtown. It’s a little off the beaten bath, when it comes to eating. You won’t find it on the thoroughfare on Gay Street or Fourth. Instead, it set up shop on Young Street, in a large space that is shockingly appropriate for a classic barbecue restaurant. It […]

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Restaurant Review: Hisham’s Food Truck

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hisham’s Food Truck

Hisham’s is a food truck with a story. Then again, it’s worth acknowledging that plenty of food trucks have good stories. It comes with the territory, as it takes a certain sort of character to decide it’s a good idea to drive around town in a big box and feed people. That said, Hisham’s still […]

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