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).


This genuine retro diner's Hangover sandwich is more fun to order than it is effective at curing hangovers. And that's exactly why it made our list: What Upper Arlington kid didn't grow up ordering this riff on a bacon cheeseburger (it's basically a deluxe cheeseburger topped with a thick slice of griddled ham)? Ask for it with crinkle-cut fries and an ice-cold Cherry Coke in the case of an actual hangover emergency.

2090 Tremont Ctr., Upper Arlington