When you eat out a lot like we do, trying new restaurants and new dishes is part of the routine.

But we have our reliable old favorites, too, places that pass our never-get-sick-of-it test no matter how many times we return. So, as we crafted The Crave 10, our list of the city's very best dining destinations, the discussion kept returning to other places we love just because--because they're comfortable, because they're fun, because they make us feel full and happy.

Just because we would eat at these restaurants for every meal if we could.

BONO PIZZA

If you'e new to wonderful world of Bono, go with someone who's been before. It's the epitome of an insider-y place. My first time, I mistakenly entered through the kitchen--and ducked out before realizing that's the way most regulars come in anyway. Then I had to duck out again to find an ATM after realizing it's cash-only.

But one bite of their amazing, wood-fired-in-front-of-you pizza, and it didn't matter. From the crispy charred crust to the fresh veggie toppings, it's some of the best you'll ever have. --Shelley Mann

GALLO'S KITCHEN

The good-timing music at Gallo's (it's like the soundtracks of "Big Night" and "Treme" on shuffle) clue you to the bold flavors emanating from its overachieving kitchen. In this fun, dressed-up sporty establishment with nice wine deals, authentic Italian dishes harmoniously coexist with zesty Cajun and Creole preparations.

Some favorites: killer Sea-Salt-Brined Chicken Wings (in mustardy Creole sauce), homemade sausages and meatballs, an authentic Bolognese (Pasta Russo), and a spicy and bountiful bouillabaisse (Seafood Creole). --G.A. Benton

INDOCHINE CAFE

The smiles and potent Southeast Asian flavors are all genuine at Indochine. Here, an infectiously upbeat husband-and-wife team make giggly small talk and serve up huge portions of Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines--along with a nice selection of beers from those countries.

Tha's why this humble but comfy mom-n-popper is constantly filled with regulars digging some of the best pho and banh mi in town, plus tricked-out noodle dishes and spicy salads. --G.A. Benton

KNEAD

The Motherclucker: A sandwich like that could get a restaurant onto a list like this single-handedly. Supremely addictive, it's a crispy buttermilk fried chicken breast topped with strips of house-cured bacon, smoky roasted poblanos, Amish jack cheese and a drizzle of honey.

I'm so smitten I rarely waver from that order, but whenever I do, I'm equally as impressed. Chef/owner Rick Lopez is a committed locavore, and it shows in each one of his Ohio-ingredient-driven dishes. --Shelley Mann

LATITUDE 41

Located in the opulent Renaissance Downtown, Latitude 41 is a rarity: the hotel restaurant loved by serious local chowhounds.

At Latitude, the mood is casual (jeans are fine), the look is dramatic (theatrical red curtains, a stunning light-and-dark patterned floor) and Chef David MacLennan's organic and local-ingredient-leaning food is replete with world flavors and witty takes on old favorites.

Try the Gyro flatbread, Lobster "Mac and Cheese," Pear Salad (with pumpkin seed brittle) and scratch-made S'mores. --G.A. Benton

THE ROSSI

The Rossi has long been a favorite Short North hangout--a stylish spot to grab a burger and a drink. But with new chef Andrew Smith in the kitchen and a new slate of bartenders working magic behind the bar, the Rossi is poised to become something great.

Smith's witty approach to food is evident in his Pork & Beans entree--huge white corona beans topped with a brined, bone-in pork chop and some green apple slaw.

A constantly evolving drinks menu highlights locally sourced liquors and beers, including Watershed Gin, Oyo Vodka, Brothers Drake Mead and bottles from Rockmill Brewery. Yep, we're keeping an eye on this one. --Shelley Mann

SKILLET

The Crave staff engaged in some serious debate about whether to include Skillet on our top 10 list. My vote: yes. I've never had a meal here that didn't blow me away--high praise from a girl who eats out all the freaking time.

So no, there's no tablecloths, no alcohol, and the silverware sits in cups on the table. You won't care once you're feasting on Chef Kevin Caskey's truffled grilled cheese, mac and pulled pork and stinky cheese omelets. --Shelley Mann

TASI CAFE

I'd go to Tasi just for the coffee, but I'd never make it out without a plate of the banana-topped French toast, one of many breakfasts served all day. Later, I'd opt for one of the stellar sandwiches. Or I'd dig into a bowl of creamy mac and cheese with Black Forest ham. Or maybe some of the city's best roast chicken, served with a lemon-thyme reduction. You get the idea. --Robin Davis

THIRD & HOLLYWOOD

Third and Hollywood is the best combination of comfort and elegance I've ever enjoyed, and I've suffered through a lot of failed attempts at the mythical "upscale casual" hybrid.

The menu of American favorites--roasted chicken, grilled fish, steaks and chops--may not seem ambitious, but the food is excellently executed, and made with seasonal and local ingredients. And the service is always impeccable. No matter how often I visit--and I visit often--I always wanna go back for more. --Brian Lindamood

THE TOP

You don't visit The Top for dinner. You visit for the night. I start at the bar for a well-shaken classic, and after a leisurely dinner I grab a Top Cappuccino and sit at the piano to sing along to some Sinatra favorites.

The Top hasn't changed much since it opened in 1955 (the prices, alas, have been adjusted to contemporary standards). The menu definitely hasn't changed--the buttery, char-broiled steaks are just as indulgent as your cool grandpa remembers. --Brian Lindamood

When you eat out a lot like we do, trying new restaurants and new dishes is part of the routine.

But we have our reliable old favorites, too, places that pass our never-get-sick-of-it test no matter how many times we return. So, as we crafted The Crave 10, our list of the city's very best dining destinations, the discussion kept returning to other places we love just because--because they're comfortable, because they're fun, because they make us feel full and happy.

Just because we would eat at these restaurants for every meal if we could.

BONO PIZZA

If you'e new to wonderful world of Bono, go with someone who's been before. It's the epitome of an insider-y place. My first time, I mistakenly entered through the kitchen--and ducked out before realizing that's the way most regulars come in anyway. Then I had to duck out again to find an ATM after realizing it's cash-only.

But one bite of their amazing, wood-fired-in-front-of-you pizza, and it didn't matter. From the crispy charred crust to the fresh veggie toppings, it's some of the best you'll ever have. --Shelley Mann

GALLO'S KITCHEN

The good-timing music at Gallo's (it's like the soundtracks of "Big Night" and "Treme" on shuffle) clue you to the bold flavors emanating from its overachieving kitchen. In this fun, dressed-up sporty establishment with nice wine deals, authentic Italian dishes harmoniously coexist with zesty Cajun and Creole preparations.

Some favorites: killer Sea-Salt-Brined Chicken Wings (in mustardy Creole sauce), homemade sausages and meatballs, an authentic Bolognese (Pasta Russo), and a spicy and bountiful bouillabaisse (Seafood Creole). --G.A. Benton

INDOCHINE CAFE

The smiles and potent Southeast Asian flavors are all genuine at Indochine. Here, an infectiously upbeat husband-and-wife team make giggly small talk and serve up huge portions of Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines--along with a nice selection of beers from those countries.

Tha's why this humble but comfy mom-n-popper is constantly filled with regulars digging some of the best pho and banh mi in town, plus tricked-out noodle dishes and spicy salads. --G.A. Benton

KNEAD

The Motherclucker: A sandwich like that could get a restaurant onto a list like this single-handedly. Supremely addictive, it's a crispy buttermilk fried chicken breast topped with strips of house-cured bacon, smoky roasted poblanos, Amish jack cheese and a drizzle of honey.

I'm so smitten I rarely waver from that order, but whenever I do, I'm equally as impressed. Chef/owner Rick Lopez is a committed locavore, and it shows in each one of his Ohio-ingredient-driven dishes. --Shelley Mann

LATITUDE 41

Located in the opulent Renaissance Downtown, Latitude 41 is a rarity: the hotel restaurant loved by serious local chowhounds.

At Latitude, the mood is casual (jeans are fine), the look is dramatic (theatrical red curtains, a stunning light-and-dark patterned floor) and Chef David MacLennan's organic and local-ingredient-leaning food is replete with world flavors and witty takes on old favorites.

Try the Gyro flatbread, Lobster "Mac and Cheese," Pear Salad (with pumpkin seed brittle) and scratch-made S'mores. --G.A. Benton

THE ROSSI

The Rossi has long been a favorite Short North hangout--a stylish spot to grab a burger and a drink. But with new chef Andrew Smith in the kitchen and a new slate of bartenders working magic behind the bar, the Rossi is poised to become something great.

Smith's witty approach to food is evident in his Pork & Beans entree--huge white corona beans topped with a brined, bone-in pork chop and some green apple slaw.

A constantly evolving drinks menu highlights locally sourced liquors and beers, including Watershed Gin, Oyo Vodka, Brothers Drake Mead and bottles from Rockmill Brewery. Yep, we're keeping an eye on this one. --Shelley Mann

SKILLET

The Crave staff engaged in some serious debate about whether to include Skillet on our top 10 list. My vote: yes. I've never had a meal here that didn't blow me away--high praise from a girl who eats out all the freaking time.

So no, there's no tablecloths, no alcohol, and the silverware sits in cups on the table. You won't care once you're feasting on Chef Kevin Caskey's truffled grilled cheese, mac and pulled pork and stinky cheese omelets. --Shelley Mann

TASI CAFE

I'd go to Tasi just for the coffee, but I'd never make it out without a plate of the banana-topped French toast, one of many breakfasts served all day. Later, I'd opt for one of the stellar sandwiches. Or I'd dig into a bowl of creamy mac and cheese with Black Forest ham. Or maybe some of the city's best roast chicken, served with a lemon-thyme reduction. You get the idea. --Robin Davis

THIRD & HOLLYWOOD

Third and Hollywood is the best combination of comfort and elegance I've ever enjoyed, and I've suffered through a lot of failed attempts at the mythical "upscale casual" hybrid.

The menu of American favorites--roasted chicken, grilled fish, steaks and chops--may not seem ambitious, but the food is excellently executed, and made with seasonal and local ingredients. And the service is always impeccable. No matter how often I visit--and I visit often--I always wanna go back for more. --Brian Lindamood

THE TOP

You don't visit The Top for dinner. You visit for the night. I start at the bar for a well-shaken classic, and after a leisurely dinner I grab a Top Cappuccino and sit at the piano to sing along to some Sinatra favorites.

The Top hasn't changed much since it opened in 1955 (the prices, alas, have been adjusted to contemporary standards). The menu definitely hasn't changed--the buttery, char-broiled steaks are just as indulgent as your cool grandpa remembers. --Brian Lindamood

Bono Pizza 1717 Northwest Blvd., Grandview 614-906-8646 bonotogo.com

Gallo's Kitchen & Bar 2820 Nottingham Rd., Upper Arlington 614-754-8176 gallosfoodgroup.com

Indochine Cafe 561 S. Hamilton Rd., Whitehall 614-231-7357

Knead 505 N. High St., Short North 614-228-6323 kneadonhigh.com

Latitude 41 50 N. Third St., Downtown 614-233-7541 latitude41restaurant.com

The Rossi 895 N. High St., Short North 614-299-2810 rossibarandkitchen.com

Skillet 410 E. Whittier St., German Village 614-443-2266 skilletruf.com

Tasi 680 N. Pearl St., Short North 614-222-0788 tasicafe.com

Third and Hollywood 1433 W. Third Ave., Grandview 614-488-0303 thirdandhollywood.com

The Top Steak House 2891 E. Main St., Bexley 614-231-8238 thetopsteakhouse.com