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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: Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen

Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen has landed on King Avenue. The curious term, “Alqueria” dates back to a 15th century reference to a small rural community. To that end, Alqueria entered the scene with an agricultural angle that welcomes guests inside with an array of aesthetically pleasing farm implements, installed as art, on the wall near the […]

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Restaurant Review: Third & Hollywood

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Third & Hollywood

Grandview’s Third & Hollywood is brought to us by the same folks that built Northstar and Brassica. While the latter beloved counter-service operations have multiplied exponentially on the local scene, Third & Hollywood remains a glamorous loner. Perhaps its existence as a loner is what makes it all the more special. It also holds a spot […]

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Restaurant Review: Forty’s Chicken & Waffles

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Forty’s Chicken & Waffles

Forty’s Chicken and Waffles brings the official chicken & waffle scene to a downscale, easy-eating audience. The combo is not hard to find on tony brunch menus, but for those diners with a more downscale drive and a convenience lifestyle: Forty’s is for the people. And Forty’s is really into putting chicken with waffles: waffle-fries, […]

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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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