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).


There's lots to love about ice cream queen Jeni Britton Bauer. What we love most is how she dreams up the kinds of flavors nobody would ever expect to come out of Columbus, Ohio. Her playful and often exotic approach to dessert is embodied in this sundae, a staple at Jeni's shops. Scoops of coconut-and-cayenne-spiked Bangkok Peanut ice cream are garnished with banana spears and Spanish peanuts, covered in caramel sauce and hand-whipped cream, and embellished with an actual waffle-cone fortune cookie.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Multiple locations