Crave celebrates our city's signature dishes

Columbus isn't synonymous with one particular dish the way Cincinnati is with chili, or Chicago is with deep-dish, or Philly is with cheesesteak. But that doesn't mean we're lacking dishes that scream Columbus. They're the plates you can't order anywhere else in the country. The sandwiches you grew up eating. The bites you show off to out-of-town visitors. The stuff you'd pine after if you ever moved away. They're what restaurants brag about via menu declarations: "Home of the World Famous PastaSalvi!" "Enjoy the legendary Mother Mohawk!"

We whittled the list of only-in-Columbus dishes down to our favorite dozen. Finalists made the cut for numerous reasons, from having a fantastic name (like the Village Addiction) to being downright addictive (Marcella's veal meatball).

BRAISED VEAL MEATBALL

Famed restaurateur Cameron Mitchell proved he knows his way around ground beef with the Cap City Diner Meatloaf, topped with onion rings and sitting atop a cloud of mashed potatoes. He upped the ante at Marcella's. To hell with ground beef or pork--this thing is 100 percent tender, luscious veal. You can order it on top of pasta, but it's best in its unadulterated appetizer form, served in a mini crock and dressed in tomato sauce.

Marcella's
615 N. High St., Short North
1319 Polaris Pkwy., Polaris
marcellasristorante.com