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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: Burgerim (Downtown)

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Burgerim (Downtown)

So, Burgerim. More burgers, right? But, they’re different. Legitimately different. The chain hit town with two new locations this summer, one Downtown and one on the East Side. It serves bitty burgers, bigger than sliders, more like something kiddie meal-sized. That means Burgerim isn’t a contender in the oversaturated biggie burger marketplace, whereby super-thick beef […]

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Restaurant Review: CMA’s Revamped Schokko

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: CMA’s Revamped Schokko

The Columbus Museum of Art’s Schokko Cafe temporarily closed its doors in January. When it closed those doors, it ended an era of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants as management of the eatery. While there’s still a solid catering relationship, CMA has moved in a new independent direction for the eatery. It’s a good direction. The new […]

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Restaurant Review: Pecan Penny’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Pecan Penny’s

Pecan Penny’s in Downtown Columbus is looking pretty cool these days. Depending on how you get there, the walk leading up to the barbecue joint might take you by a pawn shop that features interesting folk art and artifacts in its windows. Alternately, you might stroll by a stretch of trendy, independently-run restaurants and bars. […]

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#3 Best New Restaurant of 2018: Harvey & Ed’s

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott #3 Best New Restaurant of 2018: Harvey & Ed’s

Cameron Mitchell recently opened a new restaurant concept in the Short North: Harvey & Ed’s. It pays homage to delicatessens. To be precise, the promotional literature refers to it as an “American restaurant inspired by the classic Jewish delicatessens.” That is to say, it’s first and foremost a restaurant, a slick CMR restaurant. There will […]

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Restaurant Review: Legacy Smoke House

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Legacy Smoke House

You might be familiar with Legacy Smokehouse and its food truck operation. Or perhaps you know its wares from its barbecue station at the Short North Food Hall. Now Legacy has an address on Greenlawn that’s all its own. Things at the new location work a little differently than they do at normal restaurants. You […]

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Restaurant Review: Brunch at Alchemy in Grandview

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Brunch at Alchemy in Grandview

You know the adage, “Seen one, seen’em all”? It applies to places like Applebee’s and Burger King, but not so much to the new Alchemy location. The stop has taken the concepts and ideology of the original Alchemy on Parsons and expanded it with a full kitchen and more menu offerings in Grandview. In spite […]

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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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