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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: 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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Restaurant Review: Xi Xia

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Xi Xia

Xi Xia is a brand-new spot in Kenny Centre. Although the restaurant debuted without much fanfare, it’s already crowded, with tables filled with folks hunkering down to biggie bowls of Western Chinese Fare. Historically, the address has played home to a parade of Indian restaurants (Sher E Punjab, Cinnamon, Saphire, etc.); Xi Xia introduces a […]

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Restaurant Review: Service Bar

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Service Bar

Middle West Spirits’ Service Bar is a heavy-hitter on the local dining scene. Frequently spotted at the top of dining lists, it secured the number-one spot on the most recent Columbus Underground’s reader favorite list. There’s a reason for its success. The kitchen works an angle that infuses popular favorite foods with extra and vaguely […]

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Restaurant Review: Short North Goody Boy

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Short North Goody Boy

The Short North’s upward spiral has reached the iconic Michael’s Goody Boy. The establishment has long hosted a landmark-quality sign, replete with a giant, luminous, yellow arrow. If not visible from miles away, it’s certainly visible from a decent-sized block. The signage has long held promise of some sort of adventure. In recent years, however, the […]

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Restaurant Review: Awadh India Restaurant

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Awadh India Restaurant

Awadh India Restaurant sits at a location that should be great for restaurant ventures. It can be found in a bustling strip mall, nestled right next door to a movie theater: the perfect place to grab a pre-show bite. In spite of the sweet spot, restaurants never seem to last more than a couple of […]

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Restaurant Review: A Common Table

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: A Common Table

A Common Table set up a serious sandwich shop smack dab in the center of Clintonville on High Street. The address formerly held a solid salad operation, but these days, bread n’ meat (or beet) combos are on the menu. The new joint hosts a small dine-in area, with walls bedecked with interesting art. At […]

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