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 sandwich starts with a fairly standard deli order--roast beef and Swiss on marble rye. Then things get kinda crazy with the addition of a scoop of Old Mohawk's housemade chicken salad (a refreshingly old-school mayo-heavy version with just a bit of celery) and a zesty caraway horseradish sauce for dipping. It's one of those great "who ever thought that would taste good together" sandwiches, with an end result that's similar to a kicked-up tuna melt.

The Old Mohawk
819 Mohawk St., German Village