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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: Caribe Sur

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Caribe Sur

When Cakes & More started stretching its wings with empanadas and the Chivito sandwich, it was just a matter of time before the bakery launched a full-blown eatery. The time has come, sort of. It’s debuted its food truck, Caribe Sur, which is an abbreviated eatery at best. You know how it works: full menu, […]

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Restaurant Review: The Rail

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: The Rail

It’s not clear that Columbus needs another burger bar, even if it’s an Ohio-centric burger bar. We have a lot of burgers. There is no burger void. That said, The Rail, an operation founded in Akron, is still a welcome addition to the burger bar scene. It has a couple things going for it, right […]

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Restaurant Review: Rio Fresh

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Rio Fresh

Rio Fresh opened Downtown with a South American angle on the smoothie scene. It has super slick photos and posters, but a more homespun feel inside. If smoothies are your game, it’s got you covered. And smoothies are definitely a popular thing in Columbus; they’re enjoying a heyday reminiscent of fro-yo in the last millennium. […]

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Restaurant Review: Viiza

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Viiza

Honestly, Who doesn’t want pizza in a cone? Pizza was already a finger food (unless you’re Gov. John Kasich), so the cone angle doesn’t necessarily make it more accessible. However, pizza in itself is pretty lovable, so a new vehicle for consuming it is most welcome. Hence we have Viiza. It’s cute, in the sense […]

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Restaurant Review: Haveli Bistro Downtown

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Haveli Bistro Downtown

It’s been a while since the last visit to High and Long. Once a Wendy’s building, the shell transitioned oddly well from fast food to fancy fare in its subsequent appearances as a full-service restaurant. As of this spring, the address now hosts Haveli Bistro. Haveli offers Indian food, filling a partial void in the […]

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Restaurant Review: Huong Vietnamese Restaurant

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Huong Vietnamese Restaurant

Huong Vietnamese Restaurant is back. Of course, not everyone knew Huong was missing. It takes a certain sort of commitment to hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese joints to have noticed that the restaurant was MIA from the dining scene as the chef recovered from an injury. But, it’s open for business and back at full speed. The tables […]

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Restaurant Review: Tio’s Tacos and Tequila

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Tio’s Tacos and Tequila

Tio’s Tacos and Tequila opened up in De Novo’s original High Street digs. The debut typically inspires the following response from seasoned Downtown diners: “Weird. That’s right across from Condado.” Right, Condado is pretty much the local go-to for tacos: competing in the same zone seems suicidal. But outside of the fact that both operations […]

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