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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: Boxwood Biscuit Co.

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Boxwood Biscuit Co.

Back in 2016, restaurant publications started predicting a Big Biscuit Trend in the U.S. That is, biscuit concept joints were going to be all the rage. Biscuits on every menu! Sadly, that trend never really manifested in these parts. There were a few joints with breakfast biscuit sandwiches, but that’s about it.   Five years later, as […]

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Restaurant Review: Hank’s Texas BBQ

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hank’s Texas BBQ

Without much fuss, Hank’s Texas BBQ plopped itself down in Clintonville in the spot once occupied by Old Skool. A ginormous, room-sized smoker is stationed out front. Beyond that, Hank’s decor suggests that it could serve just about anything: its walls hold big televisions, but are absent cutesy barbecue motifs or carnivore art. But there’s […]

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Restaurant Review: Addella’s on Oak

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Addella’s on Oak

Addella’s on Oak is a second act of sorts from Angry Baker. The latter closed the doors on its original location back in 2019, after a decade in the business of creating epic cinnamon rolls, pastries, and sandwiches. When the Baker first debuted, it was part of a pioneering eatery initiative on Oak Street. Addella’s marks a […]

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Restaurant Review: Chapman’s Eat Market

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Chapman’s Eat Market

Chapman’s Eat Market is a Columbus restaurant project that has bucked the prevailing trends and opened its doors in German Village during the pandemic. To that end, its plan from day one has been accommodating for differing customer perceptions of risk. For dine-in types, Chapman’s takes reservations for parties of up to four for an eight-course […]

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Restaurant Review: What the Waffle

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: What the Waffle

What the Waffle made its splashy, mid-summer King-Lincoln debut in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, when your business is waffles, it’s hard to do anything quietly. People get excited about starch and sugar.  As it turns out, the excitement almost did the waffler in. Lines of customers queued up all the way down the […]

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Restaurant Review: Frank & Carl’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Frank & Carl’s

In the best of times, the Columbus restaurant scene is brutal. Sure, we’re good eaters, and homogenous, familiar chain operations actually do pretty well here. But for the independent, it’s a constant balancing act…on a tight rope, suspended over a big ol’ cliff of debt and desolation.  Now COVID-19 has changed the rules, requiring not […]

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Restaurant Review: Charritos

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Charritos

There’s a strip mall at the corner of Henderson and Reed that is just jam packed with stuff. It’s got pizza, it’s got donuts, it’s got phone service providers and maybe mattresses, too. It’s all crammed in there.  In fact, Charritos is crammed in there, too. Somehow, the operation fits all the elements of a traditional Mexican restaurant […]

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