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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: 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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Restaurant Review: Preston’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Preston’s

Word on the street is that Preston’s is the place to score a good burger. It’s not just the “word” that’s on the streets. Preston’s itself is literally on the street too. It runs a thriving mobile food truck operation, as well as steady gigs subcontracting inside of other local bars. It’s the strangest combo […]

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#5 Best New Restaurant of 2018: Criollo

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott #5 Best New Restaurant of 2018: Criollo

Criollo marks new territory for the Sí Señor empire. While Sí Señor already operates successful sandwich shops Downtown, on the Scioto Mile, and in Grandview, it’s shifted gears for Criollo. The empire has entered the bowl zone. Of course, we’ve all had bowls. It’s impossible to walk a block in Columbus without hitting some sort […]

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