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).


The secret to this salad's in the sweet-tart dressing. Polaris Grill's house salad is a holdover from the now defunct 55 Restaurant Group (where Cameron Mitchell earned his chops). The 55 dressing is nice and garlicky, but a hefty hit of sugar is what makes it especially devourable when poured over baby greens, bacon, blue cheese, red onions and tomatoes.

Polaris Grill
1835 Polaris Pkwy., Polaris