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).


Columbus is the epicenter of Buckeye Nation, which explains our collective fondness for buckeye candies--and tendency to tack the name Buckeye onto anything with that familiar chocolate-peanut butter combo. One of our favorites is Krema Nut Company's Buckeye sandwich. Krema's been making all-natural nut butters since 1898, and they serve gourmet PB&Js from behind a retro sandwich counter at their Grandview factory. The Buckeye pairs Krema's incomparable peanut butter with a layer of Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread.

Krema Nut Company
1000 W. Goodale Blvd., Grandview