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).


Get your turkey-and-cranberries fix year-round thanks to this bohemian deli's brilliant cranberry mayo, the starring ingredient on their No. 7 sandwich, the Village Addiction. That sweet sauce is spread thick on grilled sourdough, and it pairs beautifully with slices of smoked turkey (way better than your average deli meat) and Havarti.

Brown Bag Deli
898 Mohawk St., German Village