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).


Give it a few years and Knead's crazy-good fried chicken sandwich, The Motherclucker, will earn its rightful spot on this list (the diner's signs already urge "try our famous Motherclucker"). In the meantime, we toast a more seasoned Knead offering, the Tapatio Margarita. It's a boozy relic hailing from the beloved Latin-fusion spot where chef/owner Rick Lopez once worked.

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