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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: Hoggy’s Restaurant

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

Before City Barbecue hit town, Hoggy’s was pretty much the place for local barbecue aficionados. It had a stranglehold on the Columbus market, with several locations throughout the Central Ohio region in the 1990s. But things change. Eaters are fickle, tastes change, and new competition enters the scene; nothing lasts forever. Hoggy’s presence in the […]

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Restaurant Review: Tomatillos

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tomatillos

Tomatillos set up shop in the blossoming stretch of Dublin-Granville neverland that funnels people from Worthington to Dublin. For better or for worse, the thoroughfare has been transitioning from relative emptiness to a community of apartment complexes and matching retail. On the “worse” side, the development brings more traffic to the two-lane road. On the […]

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Restaurant Review: Andes Bar & Grill Downtown

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Andes Bar & Grill Downtown

Andes Bar & Grill thoroughly owns its new space Downtown on Fourth Street. The colorful decor, in warm golds and reds, features sharp-edged mirrors cut at angles that suggest the jagged peaks of the South American Andes themselves. Despite ample natural lighting and the vibrant color scheme, the place strikes more of a cozy tone […]

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Restaurant Review: Kai’s Crab Boil

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Kai’s Crab Boil

Kai’s Crab Boil is a bona fide experience, start to finish. It’s a clamoring place where guests wear plastic bibs, eat with their hands, and wash it all off at a giant metal community sink. You don’t find that every day in Columbus. On the menu is seafood. Really, almost any sort of shellfish-seafood, market […]

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Restaurant Review: Grandview’s Red Hook Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Grandview’s Red Hook Grill

Red Hook Grill is a little reminiscent of a lost Grandview. Located far away from the neighborohood’s trendier zones on the main drags, the restaurant set up shop on a lonely stretch of Goodale that’s populated with boxy things-that-aren’t-restaurants. Old-school white sheets of paper sit atop classic tablecloths on four-top tables. There’s a corner bar […]

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Restaurant Review: Vaqueiros

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Vaqueiros

Vaqueiros isn’t particularly new. It’s been around long enough to generate its own following. In fact, a regular patron sent in a compelling recommendation to visit the spot up off of Polaris Parkway. If the spelling of Vaqueiros moniker looks a little familiar, that’s because its related to the well-established local Vaquero chain. It’s not […]

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Restaurant Review: Pat and Gracie’s Downtown Edition

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Pat and Gracie’s Downtown Edition

Pat and Gracie’s was originally named for colorful characters in the history of Graceland, the shopping center that houses its first location. But now Pat and Gracie have gone wandering, setting up another restaurant Downtown in the digs formerly known as Lomonico’s. The new spot is every bit as appropriate for the operation as Graceland […]

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ALL THINGS BRUNCH FEST 2018!

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The biggest brunch festival in Columbus returns! Join us on Friday, April 20th for the ALL THINGS BRUNCH Festival and taste your way through the best sweet and savory brunch menus that Columbus has to offer! Limited tickets are available and are likely to sell out in advance:

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