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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: Mr. Hummus Grill

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Mr. Hummus Grill

Mr. Hummus Grill has a moniker that suggests a super-casual operation. The serving team leans toward branded t-shirts, which bolsters that impression. That said, the interior of Mr. Hummus’ digs on Bethel road is kind of breathtaking. Debuting this spring, Mr. Hummus set up shop at an address that used to be a shish-kebab place. […]

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Restaurant Review: Westies in Clintonville

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Westies in Clintonville

Westies set up shop in Wine Bistro’s old digs in Clintonville. Gone is all the wine-centric decor, although surely Westies’ attractive bar could count as “decor,” and the place still serves a range of beer, wine and cocktails. The dining space now boasts super cool, long booths you can enter from either side. The booths […]

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Restaurant Review: Lupo on Arlington

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Lupo on Arlington

The drive to Lupo can be a little intimidating. Nestled in Upper Arlington, the path to its door winds around ginormous million dollar mansions with professionally manicured lawns. It’s not the cookie cutter track stuff, it’s the real deal. Right in the middle of all this majesty is a walkable little island of shops and […]

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Restaurant Review: Short North Food Hall

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Short North Food Hall

The Short North Food Hall is like a little microcosm of the Short North itself. Constantly buzzing with a perfect sampling of people perched at its tables, the crowd features bros, man-buns, beards, ladies in crop-tops, stiletto heels, families (traditional and non), and empty nesters with expensive spectacles. Like the mall ways it’s modeled after, […]

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Restaurant Review: Bonsai Japanese & Korean Bistro

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Bonsai Japanese & Korean Bistro

Bonsai Japanese & Korean Bistro set up shop in Kingsdale Shopping Center a few months ago, bringing, as the name surely implies, Japanese and Korean fare to the scene. The restaurant is traditionally appointed, replete with a requisite sushi bar, along with tables and a photo menu for dining. Admittedly, things started a little oddly […]

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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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