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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: Do2 Sabores

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Do2 Sabores

After a respectable stint in the food truck world, Do2 Sabores opened up its very own spot on Huntley Road near the old Continent. The spot is bright, with a few theme accents and plenty of natural light. There are some noteworthy things about Do2 Sabores, things that make it more than just another place that […]

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Restaurant Review: Newfangled Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Newfangled Kitchen

The Newfangled Kitchen set up shop in Bexley next to the Drexel Theater with an exemplary commitment to meatloaf. More specifically: meatloaf sandwiches. The sandwiches come in a breathtaking array and demand further discussion, but a little context is helpful first. It’s a counter-service joint with a lot of different options on its menu, including […]

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Restaurant Review: Swensons

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Swensons

Swensons is an Akron-based drive-in restaurant that dates back to 1934. Since its founding, its outlets have multiplied, but never in Columbus. After decades, Swensons has finally arrived in town. It’s understandable that things were a little extra-crazed at first at its new location on Sawmill Road. Crowded restaurants can be scary enough, but a drive-in […]

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Restaurant Review: Brekkie Shack

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Brekkie Shack

Brekkie Shack made its debut in Grandview Yard a few months ago. It’s tucked away down a corporate side road that connects Goodale and Third Avenues. The shiny new space uses hard surfaces and windowed garage-door walls, for a sleek, modern feel. That is, the “shack” does not feel like anything approaching a shack at all. […]

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Restaurant Review: Alpine

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Alpine

New German Village addition Alpine sits at an address that saw dramatic changes in 2018. The property that once held Juergens Bakery was neatly split, one-half becoming El Lugar, offering Spanish tapas, the other becoming the aforementioned Alpine, a German joint. Alpine has its own entry, a few steps above street level, and its own […]

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Restaurant Review: East Coast Pizzeria

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: East Coast Pizzeria

East Coast Pizzeria sounds like the name of a big pizza chain. It probably is the name of a pizza chain, somewhere. But it’s also the name of a locally owned pizza joint just north of Morse Road. Although the digs are modern, it’s got an old-school, familiar feel. There’s a big list of options that […]

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Restaurant Review: Taste Bay

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Taste Bay

Taste Bay made its debut on Henderson Road in November. Although the name may not necessarily indicate a particular dining theme, the joint’s social media touts international and Caribbean offerings. The angle adds a distinctly different option to a strip mall that houses a boxing club, a hair salon, and a sports bar. The inside […]

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