Most uniquely 'Ohio' food & beverage

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Calgarybuck's picture

Whatever you hear it won't compare to the Jamaican patties you get at home.

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0H-10's picture

We are in Florida, and my wife was just sitting here googling photos of West Indian cuisine which precipitated this topic, Calgary! Really missing the GTA...now that spring is here.

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Calgarybuck's picture

Nothing like having a cold one on a patio and walking by the lake on a weekend afternoon! Enjoy Florida! 

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Northern Nevada Buck's picture

In the 1980s they were great!

Not sure the reputation has held up but

the Biscuits and Gravy - in the early to mid-80s were great.

The creme filled Long John's were my favorite:

The Taco Burrito and Cheese Chilito were awesome:

"Give your dream an aspiration date."

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0H-10's picture

A vote for bucknuts from Bucknut! Nice! Excellent selection my kids love!

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awlinBrutus's picture

Can't believe with over 200 comments not one person mentions DiCarlos pizza, originally from Steubenville, right before you enter the village of Wintersville. It was right next to the Mr Wiggs. That was the hangout in HS. It got pretty crazy to say the least. The unique thing was they used provolone instead of mozzarella. One of besties starting for him @15 yo. Dude worked like 60 hours a week for $1.50 an hour cash,lol. Good money for a HS kid in the 70's. He ended up marrying Pepe's daughter and opened their store in Cadiz. I guess that location closed. I've read they have franchised DiCarlos. 

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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Dillon G's picture

Can't believe with over 200 comments not one person mentions DiCarlos pizza

I never heard of it. Have you eaten at Tony Packos?

#walkaway

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

According to this article I read this morning, Po' Boys and Cassata Cake are unique to not only Ohio, but Cleveland. 

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/cleveland/brag-from-cleveland/

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0H-10's picture

Po' Boys...I thought Nawlins!

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FieldingMellish's picture

Po' Boys are from New Orleans. A Polish Boy is from Cleveland.

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IronPastor's picture

Po'boys are for sure from New Orleans...

GEAUX BUCKEYES

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Mostly Gray's picture

Clearly, we just love "Smoked Wolverine"!

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0H-10's picture

Most excellent selection, Sir! With a bottle of Scarlet Zinfandel, I presume...

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UFest57's picture

GF is a Cincy girl and brought this into my life..Goetta/Getta

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WeAllBleedScarlet's picture

'Tis not, as far as I know.  I think it was invented by German immigrants in Cincinnati.

By the way, I came to see the Cincy-haters pouncing on someone suggesting skyline.  Very excited to see goetta mentioned first!

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Rocket Man's picture

Gotta love the Goetta!

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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McBane's picture

I hate to admit it but...Skyline Chili

Just keep winning!

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0H-10's picture

Somebody had to...

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xbuceye's picture

Some things you'll never forget.

Giving mom a "3 way" would fall into that category.

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WeAllBleedScarlet's picture

Later, the manager, frustrated that people thought he was talking about chili, changed the message to "Give her something she'll never forget:  Incestual sex."

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0H-10's picture

My sister has these shipped to North Carolina...

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Dillon G's picture

They were shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan for non-Ohio residents.  Other wise I would say Cedar Point's cheese on a stick.

#walkaway

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

I came here for this.

Pray for potatoes with a hoe in your hand.

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Funkybuck's picture

For me it is either 

Bucyrus' original bratwurst Carles http://www.carlesbrats.com/

Or 

A fried Bologna Sandwich at http://www.gandrtavern.com/ in Waldo 

I grew up outside of Ohio but always came back for Ohio State Events, and all Family Events and the Family Events always had Carle's Brats and my dad always wanted to go to G & R 

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albinomosquito's picture

I live about 5 minutes from G&R.  The country boy is the most glorious food invention! It's a cheeseburger sandwiched between 2 pieces of fried bologna.

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LoudBuckeyeGirl's picture

Grew up in Galion. The Bucyrus Bratwurst Fest is still going strong.

tshirt for the 50th. https://www.booster.com/bucyruschamber?side=front&type=1&zoom=false

The bobbleheads hate the offseason.

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TroyBuckeyeFan22's picture

Off-topic, but how's Galion? I'll spending most of my summer there playing in the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League.

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LoudBuckeyeGirl's picture

I haven't lived there since 1980. My dad is still there, so I go back to visit a few times a year, but we just stay at his place and play cards most of the day. I don't have a good feel for what the town is really like now - sorry!  Hope you have a great season!

The bobbleheads hate the offseason.

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0H-10's picture

Mom used to fry bologna, but the best I ever had was at the Fern Cafe in Findlay; with pickled eggs, fried mushrooms, and bev of choice this was always an awesome lunch. Their meatloaf sandwich was also excellent.

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0H-10's picture

So you're from Bloomdale...I have a few cousins there. Grew up visiting since 6-7th grade

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johnblairgobucks's picture

I'm a Bllomdale area resident.....transplanted after stops in Elyria, Johnstown and Fostoria.

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NavyBuck64's picture

Back in the 70s I made many a late night stop at the Fern for some (more) beer and a meatloaf sandwich.  Good times.

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UFest57's picture

Meatloaf sandwich with pickels and mustard. All you need to remember is to take cash!

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0H-10's picture

Gus standing at the cash register tallying your bill as you tell him what you ate...

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SoulPatrol32's picture

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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KBonay's picture

I can get this in SoCal now!

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Buckeye-in-pitt's picture

I was hoping no one beat me to it. That's a no brainer for me. And when you throw Jeni's into the mix, I think Ohio is the ice cream capital of the world.

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toad1204's picture

The offseason is the longest season.

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WeAllBleedScarlet's picture

I grew up a mile from here.  Strawberry shakes with butter cookies were probably 50% of my caloric intake for years.

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albinomosquito's picture

Apparently, the hotdog was invented in Ohio.. so you're welcome world.

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BuckDigger's picture

Opening two new places in Toledo to replace the Anderson's location.  And will include drive throughs!!

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0H-10's picture

For my kids, it's it's all about Wilson's burgers, Dietsch' Brothers ice cream- both from Findlay, Ballreich's chips, and Tony Packo's Sweet Hot pickles...

Sugar cream pie, brats, pickled eggs, and fried mushrooms were mentioned by them as possible Ohio foods.

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NavyBuck64's picture

Brings back memories.  Ate at Wilson's a lot as a kid and frequently played golf with my dad and the manager of Wilson's.  I don't know about now, but the guy steadfastly refused to put french fries on the menu.  Said it would slow down the delivery of the burgers.  Ballreich's are/were out of Tiffin, IIRC.  Prior to Ballreichs, the dominant chip in Findlay was:

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0H-10's picture

Grew up on these until the shut down, Navy! It's what a chip is measured by today...

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osunut2's picture

Tough to beat a Schmidt's Bahama Mama.

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be any god-d*mned civilization." 

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IamFin's picture

I'm having a bahama mama for dinner tonight. I live 6 hours from Columbus, and Schmidt's is a mandatory stop when I visit.

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osunut2's picture

I also live 6 hours away, and I always restock when I'm in town. Tough to get good German food here in East TN.

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be any god-d*mned civilization." 

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

I'm also addicted to their potato salad, in all its vinegary goodness.

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John Cooper's lucky pig's picture

Unique, I hate to admit, is Cincinnati chili. Authentic is chicken paprikash, pierogi or stuffed cabbage from Cleveland's west side. Maybe throw in a Polish Boy (with Stadium Mustard, not Bertram's) from a downtown hot dog cart.

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

Sacrilege. Bertmans is the way to go, not that stadium mustard swill.

CLE - Where we "wait till next year" every year

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VanillaStache's picture

How dare you. 

"Let me quote the late great Cornel Sanders, I'm to drunk to taste this chicken"

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albinomosquito's picture

Ohio tends to have a lot of German heritage, so I think you get a hint of that in most 'Ohio' dishes.  We are, however, the food industry's favorite test market for a reason.  With a diverse statewide population, we eat pretty much everything.

I've done some research on Ohio BBQ and I've noticed a trend, though not necessarily a good one.  We're a simple people that prefers pork BBQ that is fall off the bone and loaded with a sweet ketchup based sauce.

It might also be worth mentioning that Marion is the popcorn capital of the world.  Growing up, my family farmed primarily popcorn and I have fond memories of the popcorn festival and bringing home trash bags full of popcorn.  To this day, my 84 year old grandma goes out in the field and picks 5-gallon buckets full of popcorn to give to the family for Christmas.

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0H-10's picture

That's cultural stewardship there Al! Did not know that about the popcorn...

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

I just tried CityBBQ last weekend and was very disappointed. Ribs were anything but fall off the bone. I did like their Brush Fire sauce.

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albinomosquito's picture

CityBBQ is actually pretty good.  One of the better options in the area, and generally stays true to southern style BBQ.  Their ribs though are definitely not good.

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daytonbuckeye1983's picture

I coach football at a large school near CityBBQ and we are having it tonight to finish Lift-a-Thon. CAN'T WAIT...very good brisket, chicken, pork, but you are right about the ribs...Also had some Bill's Donuts this morning, a Dayton area legend

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xbuceye's picture

This is a must everytime I visit my parents in Coshocton and it's required that they bring me a few rolls when they come visit me in SC.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

There it is!

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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e135800's picture

Yeah man.  Just picked some up from Grampa's cheese barn in Ashland.  Best bologna ever.  

 

 

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CowCat's picture

OYO Vodka

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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BuckInChicago's picture

All about the OYO Whiskey

"Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it." Woody Hayes

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Seattle Linga's picture

As a person whose heritage is from Germany - I am fond of the Potato Cakes you can still find in some ethnic restaurants in Cleveland.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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0H-10's picture

...and in our kitchen Christmas morning at least...with my wife's pepper pot these are awesome! How you doing Linga?

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Seattle Linga's picture

I'm well OH-10 just a little busy crushing it at work lately. Looking forward to the rain to stop soon. 

How bout you?

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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0H-10's picture

95 and sunny here...plugging away! Stay healthy! Go Buckeye!

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Major H's picture

Send the rain to Florida. We are way overdue. Mid 90s the past few days and dry as a bone!

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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Seattle Linga's picture

I'll do the transfer Major 

I do not like the extremes but when the rain holds on this time of the year, it can get old very fast

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Major H's picture

Good job, Seattle! Cloudy this morning with on and off drizzle. Only going up to the 80s today. I'll expect the serious rain later today. Thanks, I'll send some sunshine up your way.

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Deal - don't let me down - tomorrow is supposed to be 72 so maybe the rain will hold off as well.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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creekman's picture

Your wife makes pepper pot soup?  With tripe??  mmmmmmmm

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0H-10's picture

With oxtail to my knowledge...maybe not.

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Calgarybuck's picture

Have you tried dutch pancakes! I'm hooked! 

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Seattle Linga's picture

No but I will now - thanks Calgary

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

Michael Symon had a great recipe for horseradish potato cakes. My wife have made them a few times and they are pretty amazing.

CLE - Where we "wait till next year" every year

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Seattle Linga's picture

Haven't tried them yet but sounds like it'll be worth the effort. Symon is a masterpiece. I Love the B Spot. Don't know if you've tried it but have always enjoy every dish and never left disappointed.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

I have been to b spot but unfortunately my wife and I were disappointed the last time we were there. When it comes to burger joints I have to give the nod to flip side over b spot.

CLE - Where we "wait till next year" every year

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Seattle Linga's picture

I think I remember you saying that when I was in town. 

Maybe you should give it another attempt.  

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

Yeah, unfortunately I think it's too late on that one for me. My burger allegiances are firmly with flip side.

I am eager though to try his new BBQ place downtown though.

CLE - Where we "wait till next year" every year

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xbuceye's picture

I also always have to have some "Dutch Loaf" lunch meat when I visit. We grew up on it and I still have no idea what's in it and I'm sure I don't want to know. All I'm sure of is that it's damn good, but that's probably because I can't get it in GA or SC and only eat it once every year or two.

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

I still have no idea what's in it and I'm sure I don't want to know

Coarsely ground pork and beef by-products that are mixed with spices and smoked.

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xbuceye's picture

Yeah, it's the old beef by-products that are the big mystery. Most of these on this list aren't normally that tasty.

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KBonay's picture

JTM Burgers- Jesus, that's Meat?

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osurox's picture

JTM burgers are quite tasty.  They also do rib kits and philly steak kits.  Good stuff!

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CincyOSU's picture

Went to college with the son of one of the owners...needless to say, I ate nearly every product they've ever made. The Philly Steak kits are their best product, imo.

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osurox's picture

I have an uncle that is a VP for them, and I always get "samples" whenever I visit back home.  They aren't selling the rib kits in Columbus anymore, just the philly steak at Krogers (which is OK as I concur with your assessment).

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BradentonBuck's picture

Slymans Corned Beef

Buckeye til I die

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

That Thousand Island sauce >>>

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Buckeye Knight's picture

It's obviously not honey fried chicken.

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KBonay's picture

No argument.  Don't @ me.

 

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85ydsofcrushedhope's picture

Kbonay... you just became my best friend.   Love the Grippos.  Someone mentions Richards, I'm sure we are related.

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KBonay's picture

Whenever I visit my parents I crush the whole damn bag in a sitting. 

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MrWiley7's picture

The best BBQ chips ever!!!!! If you want to get real crazy go to the Grippo factory, order a box, and have them put extra powder on em!!

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KBonay's picture

**Please do this for me and ship my way**

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BuckDigger's picture

Wait. Stop everything right there. You can do that???

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Personally I like Husman's chips (shout out Cincy) better but Grippos BBQ have a better kick to em.

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Buckeye4life23's picture

I find it impossible to not wolf down the entire bag when I guy them lol.  So good!!

I am here for the same reason you are.

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xbuceye's picture

I grew up with these made in Zanesville.

They were so-so.

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BuckeyeSouth's picture

My sister mails me a box filled with various flavors of Conn's chips every year.  That's the only brand of chips we ate growing up.  My favorite are the BBQ.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

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buckzilla1's picture

Conn's owner was from Crooksville Oh. He died and his kids sold the plant. The people who bought the plant ship Conn's chips to all the Big Lots/Odd Lots stores across the U. S. now. I bet I have met 40 people from SE Ohio digging into the chip isles at the Big Lots here in NC. Wavy with Helluva Good Dip or a bag of Bar B Q to set in the sunshine and make the chips greasy is the way to go.

Don't believe everything you see on T.V.  Abraham Lincoln

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xbuceye's picture

I'll have to hit the Big Lots here in Bluffton, SC to see if they're available. I remember a few times as a kid biting into a chip with a "bubble" in it. The inside of the bubble was solid grease. Like eating a chip with a Crisco dip. Was not a good experience.

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Rocket Man's picture

They were exported to Lancaster in mass quantities back in the day and I'm pretty sure my class went to the Conn's Factory for a field trip when I was very young.

Very nostalgic but I haven't seen them for years.

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Winner.

Even Uncle Al knew what was up.

Mike-Sell's, Barq's Crème Soda & Mama's Cookies.

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

For around $20 a case they can be shipped to your door. Texans love them.

Man….. this football team.-Jeff Okudah 

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Major H's picture

Is that through Amazon?

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

I've seen them on amazon, but I usually just go to their website. 

My last deployment, they sent us a huge box of individual bags for free. 

Man….. this football team.-Jeff Okudah 

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Major H's picture

Thanks, Ohiowhitesnake, I'll look it up. Love me some Mike-sell's chips!

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Major H's picture

Boy does that bring back memories!

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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BeatTTUN's picture

Bob Evans biscuits and gravy
Graeters ice cream Buckeye Blitz
Kings Island wedge fries

I saw Ryan Day hang 62 on Michigan...His hair was perfect.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

 Could even count Bob Evans itself...

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Rocket Man's picture

I used to love the sausage sandwich that they would sell in booths at county fairs.  Haven't seen them in a while.  

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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daytonbuckeye1983's picture

Can't forget the Smurf Ice Cream at King's Island...I know it isn't called Smurf Ice Cream anymore, but I refuse to call it anything else.  I used to love heading to Hanna Barbara Land to get my cone.

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stxbuck's picture

In SW Ohio it really is Cincinnati style chili. It really pissed me off when Anthony Bourdain jabbered about Skyline in his show on Cleveland-Skyline,Goldstar,etc. are NOT an iconic Cleveland thing-and that is fine-they are a Cincinnati thing.

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blu.fan's picture

Not an Ohioan, so I'm not able to comment much. As a German American, I am familiar with some of the foods highlighted above. But I will say that I have had some very good food in Cleveland, and have appreciated good Slovenian sausage which I haven't had elsewhere. Every sausage maker has their own blends of spices. I like Bratwurst, and Weiswurst, and Polish sausage, and Italian sausage, but Slovenian sausage is also very good. Just a different blend of spices. I also love a dessert bread called Potica. (pronounced Potiza.) The strangest thing I ever had in Ohio was a fried bologna sandwich at a bar in the country outside of Columbus. Just strange, but much better than I anticipated.

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Curt Heinrichs's picture

you're making me hungry, but you lost me with the fried bologna. 

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blu.fan's picture

If I never have fried balogna again, it won't be too soon. That place was chosen by an OSU grad, FTR. (Father of a former girlfriend from Westerville . . . who went to UofM!) I have absolutely no idea where that was, and have no interest in finding out.

The thing I'm gonna have to try now from this thread is Cassata cake. There are tons of Italians near me in the far west suburbs, and plenty of Italian bakeries. In fact, the local parish still has mass in Italian, and the local high school has Spanish and Italian as the foreign language options. I've had tons of German food, grew up on it, and enjoyed Austrian variations spending time in Europe. But Cassata is a new one for me. There's always something good to try.

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GoBucks0477's picture

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

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buckzilla1's picture

New Pic there 0477? That stuff expires Nov 2017 on the package.

Don't believe everything you see on T.V.  Abraham Lincoln

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BradentonBuck's picture

Unless I'm missing something that's 2007.  Nov2107 and that isn't year 2107.  

Even with the 10 year old expiration date it's probably still not spoiled lol.

Buckeye til I die

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buckzilla1's picture

Damn dislexia, your right it's still good.lol

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0H-10's picture

Countering the downer...I'd do it for anyone, because - commenting policy. Even you Blu. Ever had pastys in the UP?

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Rocket Man's picture

My parents and aunts and uncles all liked fried baloney.  I never cared for it or some other things they liked - liver and onions, pickled pigs feet, rhubarb pie.  Probably a generational thing.

My wife went to college in Cleveland and introduced me to a few of those Polish recipes.

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

I'm pretty excited for these when I come home

Man….. this football team.-Jeff Okudah 

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Seattle Linga's picture

OWS - In a word - Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

Yes sir! I always grab a few sampler packs on my way out. My wife never understands why I like driving from Texas, but when I fill up on beers, she doesn't complain. 

Man….. this football team.-Jeff Okudah 

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Seattle Linga's picture

It's one of many things that makes me proud to say I'm from Cleveland.

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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aphilly02's picture

Don't forget Christmas Ale

"To Buckeye Nation: You have my word that I'm going to give everything I have to continue the tradition of excellence and winning that this program has enjoyed during its storied history."

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Frimmel's picture

I love that stuff. Totally worth the $12 a six. That is a wonderful beer. 

You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. 

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UFest57's picture

Have a few of these in a sitting and it's hard to stand up. 

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Frimmel's picture

Off the top of my head I'm pretty sure it is in the 9% ABV range so having two is like 4 Buds to your liver. 

You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. 

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

It's 7.5%. bigger than your normal mass market domestic but not too crazy.

CLE - Where we "wait till next year" every year

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

It's gotten progressively worse over the years IMO. I prefer 12 Dogs of Christmas now.

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

They do tend to have a lot of variation from year to year with regards to the flavor profile. Some years the honey comes through as the dominate flavor, other years the spices are more prominent.

CLE - Where we "wait till next year" every year

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osurox's picture

GLCA has gone downhill imo.  Still quality, but 12 dogs of Christmas, White Christmas (Sam Adams), Southern Tier 2XMAS, Mad Elf, CBC Citra Noel, Maumee Bay’s Blitzen Holiday Ale are all on par and/or better imo.  GLCA used to be king, but something has happened in recent years.

There is a bar in Columbus, Carabar I think, over in Old Town East, that has GLCA on tap year round (some deal they worked out with GLBC).  They will mix GLCA with a particular stout, call it a black Christmas, and it is insanely good.

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elitesmithie's picture

In no particular order:

1. Hamloaf 

2. Swensons

3. Amish Food(not specific to Ohio but outside of parts of PA you won't get the "uniqueness" 

4. Calling Pop, Pop

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Love me some Hamloaf

Shandy is not beer

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0H-10's picture

potato salad with sweet relish seems to be an Ohio thing, but I prefer it without

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

That's not really unique to Ohio, you can find sweet potato salad pretty much anywhere (it's my favorite style)
 

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johnblairgobucks's picture

A Lake Erie Walleye or Perch fry can be shared by Canada, New York, Michigan or Pennsylvania..... but tastes better in Ohio.

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MercyTex's picture

It is what I ask for after a 1,000 mile trip from Texas.  Ya got any perch or walleye? 

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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0H-10's picture

Took my Stage 4 father-in-law fishing at my camp 2 months before he died. He caught a huge walleye...had to be, oh that big! He was grinning from ear-to-ear as we cooked it and he shared it with his grands. Awesome memory of a Canadian Walleye that was the best damn fish I ever had...

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Hovenaut's picture

Late in - but +1 for walleye.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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McBane's picture

Hell yes!  Best kettle chips around!

Just keep winning!

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Urbanabuck's picture

The BBQ ones are great too 

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analyticalguy's picture

Overcooked vegetables? That's what I grew up with.

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KingsRite's picture

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KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Oh wow. I had no idea that, outside one location in VA, NC and SC, Donatos was a regional chain. Besides those three the only Donatos locations are in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky. Learn something new everyday.

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CincyOSU's picture

898 dvs before my previous comment, now you have 899. But no, it's not you. 

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Get a life, man. Are you that devoid of happiness you follow people around from thread to thread to complain about internet points?!  Let it go. 

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CincyOSU's picture

Are you upset someone's calling out your bs? I'll work on getting a life though. Thanks. 

Edit - it's not about points. Don't get mad bc I'm calling out your bs/lies. 

I've gotten in plenty of dving pissing matches myself in th past but realized how stupid and childish it was. Some advice, be a man and express/defend your opinion rather than hitting a little  button just bc you don't like what someone says. 

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Be a man, coming from the guy who has followed me into a different thread and brought this conversation completely off topic all because you think I downvoted you? That's childish. Take your own advice.

So what foods do you enjoy that are unique to Ohio?

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CincyOSU's picture

Grippos, but that has been mentioned. 

Morel mushrooms, but this is more a Midwest thing. 

Cincinnati chili, but I prefer Blue Ash Chili over the other. 

Also, I "followed" you bc you lied. Just man up and admit it and I'll drop it. 

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CincyOSU's picture

Probably a fair point. I'm gonna drop it with you. Honestly, I really don't have any issue with you...your original question was actually not out of line. I was probably unfairly lumping you in with King Slender aka screwtheblue. I'm gonna do something I don't do a lot. Say my bad. 

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GoBucks0477's picture

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

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stxbuck's picture

Word up. Marion's is an awesome Dayton institution. 

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IH8UOFM's picture

Everyone in my local Meijer here in Metro Detroit knew my excitement to find these in the frozen section for the first time. Now my 9 year old is hooked on them too.

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Varsity O's picture

Growing up in rural Ohio in the 70s/80s, my mom made a chicken casserole that called for chicken, peas, mayo and a brick of Velveta cheese. She also made "taco salad" with chicken, lettuce, onions,  beans, thousand island dressing and Doritos. I still make these on special occasions (bowl games!) here in LA. My friends love it.

There are some really interesting/tasty/terrible-for-you recipes in rural Ohio. 

"No wait, it's gotta be your bull."

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BuckDigger's picture

How about like anything made by Campbell's

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BuckInChicago's picture

Smuckers as well

"Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it." Woody Hayes

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southbymidwest's picture

Heinz used to have a ketchup/canned tomatoes plant in Bowling Green back in the day, and when the wind blew the right way, the whole town would smell like it when the tomatoes came in. In the winter, the plant made canned dog food. The whole town would then smell like dog food, gak.

We also used to have a hometown potato chip- Cains. Every year we would have school field trips to see how they made them.

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Buckeye-in-pitt's picture

Noooo way Pittsburgh get to claim Heinz. We even have a football stadium named after the ketchup. There used to be giant bottles of it above the scoreboard but some headass decided to take them down. 

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BuckDigger's picture

Same deal with Campbell's when the wind is blowing in the right direction. The smell of Prego spaghetti sauce fills the air. It's great.

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gbuck79's picture

I'm originally from Youngstown so it's Wedgewood Pizza, Handels Ice Cream and pierogis

george baker

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

Yes. Yes. Yes. Spent some time in Ytown. Graham Central Station ice cream at Handels can't be matched. Also, a blueberry donut from Whitehouse 

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scooby22's picture

love st. stan's pierogies!!! love handles graham central station!!! and i live within 2 miles of whitehouse fruit farm, so the blueberry donuts are not what i would call a "treat" in my house ... more of a staple!!!  and let's not forget wedding soup!!! 

" ... poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king, and a king ain't satisfied 'til he rules everything ..." - The Boss

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Gratefulbuck's picture

The ravioli and lasagna at Moretti's in Dublin on Sawmill, where both aren't even made and/or assembled until they're ordered, with freshly made pasta. I know of no other restaurant that does this. 

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Schizo's picture

Bill's Donuts and Jeni's 

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Bugsyk's picture

Kudos...how has Jeni's not been on the list earlier?

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Hovenaut's picture

A mention for Arthur Treacher's - just a good childhood memory.

Another for this guy:

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0H-10's picture

Loved AT's fish and chips and never knew it was Ohio born until now, and even a Dave Thomas company...always liked Frisch's

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Hovenaut's picture

Miss AT's, even if I'm familiar with higher quality seafood these days. Frisch's is my first restaurant memory - just remember splitting a Big Boy burger with my mother...good times.

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0H-10's picture

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Fawn Liebowitz's fiance's picture

I had very fond childhood memories of Frisch's as well. I went back about a year ago just to relive it, and had a terrible experience. It may have just been a bad cook, but I do not see myself going back anytime soon. 

I just talked to her last week. She was gonna make a pot for me.

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Hovenaut's picture

That's too bad, FLF - maybe a bad location?

I haven't been in years...decades, probably not since my teens. Expectations change as we get older.

The only thing comparable I have where I'm at (Maryland) would be Friendly's - and those can be hit and miss (the ice cream is enough to smooth things over most of the time).

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southbymidwest's picture

Growing up in Northwest Ohio, we listened to the Detroit radio stations. I can still sing the Elias Brothers Frisch's radio jingle decades later. Damn, now it is stuck in my head.

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southbymidwest's picture

Growing up in Northwest Ohio, we listened to the Detroit radio stations. I can still sing the Elias Brothers Frisch's radio jingle decades later. Damn, now it is stuck in my head.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Lee Williams Kielbasa, and as already mentioned, Tony Pacos, but I'll add in pickles....every variety.

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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BuckInChicago's picture

Wisconsin has cheese curds and even cheese castles, but nothing is more Ohio than a cheese barn!  This was always my (essentially) half way point form the hometown to Columbus :-)  

"Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it." Woody Hayes

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Earle's picture

I have driven past Grandpa's Cheese Barn countless times.  Almost every time I think that I should stop there some time, but I never have.  I do love Heini's in Amish country.

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

Although it was founded and is now headquartered in PA, most of the ketchup is made in Fremont, Ohio.

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

Canfield, OH. MUST try if you are in the area. There was a story on the news one year when the NY Giants were in the Super Bowl about one of the lineman having 5 dozen shipped to game. 

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shawn kemps kids's picture

I was gonna say Manningham because he's somewhat from the area but then you said lineman. That looks really, really good. I wish I lived closer now.

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

Just looked into the story more. It was 10 dozen not 5 and apparently he played at Ohio State..Jim Cordle. 

http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/feb/04/white-house-donuts-grace-giants821...

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osurox's picture

Surprised not to see the Thurmanator from Thurmans (yes it is a burger, but not just any burger):

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Oh nice! I'll have to get that next time I'm in Columbus. Thanks, Quad!

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osurox's picture

Shawn, Thurmans has 2 locations; German Village and Delaware.  The original in German Village is a whole in the wall with few tables, so wait times are long (over an hour easily).  They have a ton of different burgers, but the one in my picture is special.  It is only served during the Arnold Classic (I believe), where they take 2 of their burgers and combine them.  For your first time going, you will have to try the Thurman Burger though.

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Good looks, OSURox! Yeah, definitely wasn't going to go for that one in the picture. Unless I tried breaking it down into 3 different meals! i don't mind a long wait, I like stopping by original restaurants for the first time I eat there. I like taking it all in.

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LoudBuckeyeGirl's picture

The Thurman used to be one of the places intramural softball teams used to go after games. Never crowded. Cheap Becks bombers.  Same burgers.  Then it hit Man v Food or some such tv show.  Now it is famous.  The other place was Planks, because pizza and long picnic tables.  

The bobbleheads hate the offseason.

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stxbuck's picture

The German Village location now has a takeout only annex, if you will, located next to the original bar.

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superfan24's picture

Couple of things jump to mind:

  1. Chain restaurants - being about 90% of the dining out options in any given city.
  2. Cincinnati-style chili - much maligned, but my wife got me hooked early on in our relationship.
  3. German food - although my part of the state if devoid of any good German places.
  4. Donatos - my absolute favorite pizza. 

Side note: I have long held that people from Cincinnati (my wife being one) believes fervently that the best of EVERYTHING comes from Cincinnati.

I once handed Archie Griffin the keys to his loaner car.

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

Side note: I have long held that people from Cincinnati (my wife being one) believes fervently that the best of EVERYTHING comes from Cincinnati.

Well, they are wrong. It comes from Cleveland :). Unless we are talking about football teams..then it most definitely comes from Columbus. 

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Donatos - my absolute favorite pizza. 

LaRosa's (also Ohio based) > Donatos

Shandy is not beer

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BuckInChicago's picture

Luigi's in Akron...

"Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it." Woody Hayes

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superfan24's picture

LaRosa's Pizzeria is a chain of pizzerias serving neighborhoods throughout the Cincinnati, Greater Dayton, central Ohio, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and central Tennessee areas. 

Not previously familiar with LaRosa's. Had to look it up and, behold, its origin is in Cincinnati. Solidifying my observation stated in the side note. 

Will have to try next time I'm in that area. 

I once handed Archie Griffin the keys to his loaner car.

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KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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0H-10's picture

I'm just dropping this here. Hunting morels was a part of my Ohio childhood, and even though this one is from Iowa, I know you'll appreciate it...

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Ever tried this stuff? I think it's called Chicken of the Woods

Shandy is not beer

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joebuckeye's picture

I don't know if there is any food more Ohio, and really Ohio State than Johnny Marzetti.

http://ohiothoughtsblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/johnny-marzetti-recipe-and-...

Also, even though Buffalo Wings were invented nearby to Ohio, we have certainly embraced them with BW3 and Roosters.

Brats, sauerkraut, grilled chicken fundraisers, bahama mama's is also what comes to mind when I think of home.

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0H-10's picture

The Johnny Marzetti we had at the school cafeteria in Deshler bitd was simply awesome! Good call Joe!

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BuckDigger's picture

Can't have Deshler mentioned without bringing up Morrow's Pizza.

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BuckDigger's picture

Damn right. Once a Patriot ALWAYS a Patriot!

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0H-10's picture

Never liked Morrow's- in McComb or Deshler.

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High Street Street Fighter's picture

Goetta and Skyline is unique to Ohio----and damn delicious, too.

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lamplighter's picture

For anyone from Jackson County, a Bubble from Michael's Ice Cream store.  Tremendous, especially with fresh roasted peanuts

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Jackie Os and Rhinegiest. There are more Ohio breweries I like but I can't think off the top of my head.

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BradentonBuck's picture

Lima, Ohio's Finest

Buckeye til I die

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UFest57's picture

Olives on a burger. Never thought it'd work until I tried it. 

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UFest57's picture

Frickin Chicken Pizza is the bomb. Still don't understand the difference between their chicken chunks and boneless wings...even after they explain it to me.  

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scriptingwins's picture

Anybody up for so some dum Dums suckers shout out to Bryan Ohio where I was born 

excuses are the nails that build the house of failure.

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Brutus For President's picture

"My aim, then, was to whip (TTUN), to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us." - William Tecumseh Sherman

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BuckeyeSouth's picture

^^^^^  Way better than Krystal's.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

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0H-10's picture

Wichita, Kansas is not quite uniquely Ohio, even though the HQ is in C'bus

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Dillon G's picture

 I had to crib wikipedia because I never saw it until I left Ohio. And I don't go there because the food sucks. But that is my opinion, and I don't hold your tastes against you. I especially don't like the fries. I also think In and Out Burger is very over rated. I don't get the hype on that one. But that can be another thread.

#walkaway

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jmmysms's picture

Strickland's custard.

Barberton chicken and the rice with sauce they called hot sauce.

OK potato chips.

Had relatives that ate ramps, no where else have I met anyone else.

Not unusual foods just unique to the area.

JMMYSMS

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buckguyfan1's picture
Fried Bologna Sandwich or Fried Perch Basket reminds me of Ohio.

Simplify...

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BigTom's picture

A lot of comments and maybe i missed it but pizza cut into squares is almost uniquely ohio, and not only is it very unique to ohio but within ohio its very common.

also vote cinci chili

pedialyte for the beverage.  I bet its ohio top seller with #2 not even close

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BuckDigger's picture

^^^ This.  I was going to mention pizza cut in squares.  Lot of people even refer to it as "Ohio Style".  The good pizza places automatically do it that way.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Greek style pizza is always cut in squares. As is Sicilian. Both can be found all over. 

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BuckDigger's picture

Greeks learned it from Ohio.

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buckzilla1's picture

Wally's Pizza, Cambridge Ohio. That stuff is the cure for what ails ya.

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hetuck's picture

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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BradentonBuck's picture

 Interesting read thanks Hetuck.  I didn't realize the square cut was so Columbus.

Buckeye til I die

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Dillon G's picture

I married a first generation American. The family came after WWII. Her dad was born in Fasano, Italy. They cut it square. And the brought it here. It is possible for people to think up the same thing independently.

#walkaway

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Burndog's picture

Didn't see it anywhere but have to include Swensons

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Hal Lancer's picture

Frisch's Big Boy was a favorite of mine as well, and I'd forgotten the joy of Swenson's Gold Rush Sundae.

But for all the love showered on Ohio potato chip brands here, I'm surprised no one summoned the spirit of Buckeye Potato Chips:

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Buck61's picture

may not be just ohio, but i have never seen slovak nut rolls outside of ohio

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GoBucks0477's picture

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

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shawn kemps kids's picture

Richie's is so good and the owners couldn't be nicer people.

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Rocket Man's picture

Buddy LaRosa just got a street named after him in Cincinnati.

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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GoBucks0477's picture

Gold Star and Penn Station were started in Cincy, too.

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

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GoBucks0477's picture

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

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LoudBuckeyeGirl's picture

You forgot the Weck. I lived on Waldeck the year they opened.  

 

The bobbleheads hate the offseason.

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Il_Padrino's picture

Kraus' Pizza -

Malt O Meal -

Milk and Honey Ice cream -

Living the life!  Go Buckeyes!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

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xbuceye's picture

Used to drink those as a kid. I don't think I've had one of those in 30 years.

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awlinBrutus's picture

Remember little kings very well. I believe they came in a 8 pack?

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I think Ohio has a super underrated Chicken wing game.  I know that the buffalo wing is a Buffalo, NY invention, but Ohio does it right, IMO, when it comes to the most legit of gameday foods. 

We have Frickers, Roosters, Hinders, a million mom and pop shop type bars that have their own recipe of wings. 

And Marion's Piazza is the mad note.  Anytime I can enlighten someone to their greatness I do take the opportunity.

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Bubblehead's picture

My hometown of New Washington had the first commerical chicken hatchery in the country.  So Ohio invented the industrial chicken; Buffalo just covered it in spicy sauce.

But I'd rather have a Carle's brat any day.

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Hovenaut's picture

Not Ohio, but close (Detroit), one I enjoyed often, via my grandmother:

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Vernors is the gold standard for ginger ale, anything else is a poor imitation (looking at you Canada Dry).

Shandy is not beer

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Hovenaut's picture

This is true.

Sadly, I'm lucky if I can get Vernor's at all in Maryland - maybe around the holidays.

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Matta World Peace's picture

Living in Indianapolis, I miss Columbus pizza more than anything else. 

1) Tommy's

2) Panzera's

3) Rotolo's

Non-square-cut division: Hounddog's

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Hickies Hamburger Inn, New Boston. Shout out to my home county of Scioto.

"I find your lack of kalua disturbing" - Darth Lebowski

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Louie1131's picture

I've easily eaten >100 Hickie burgers. Now, talk to me about Pizza Pub.  

I wish the real world would just stop hassling me...

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stxbuck's picture

Looks like a Kewpie burger, from Lima.

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osurox's picture

I have eaten at Hickies; Was down in Portsmouth a few years ago for work (preliminary work on the  Bypass project), and we stopped at this place for dinner 1 night.  Those little things just melt in your mouth; I think the 2 guys I went with and I easily smashed 20 of them combined.

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0H-10's picture

I was always told that the thin slices extra large deep fried pork tenderloin was from Northwestern Ohio...

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0H-10's picture

just checking various new functions on the site...

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hetuck's picture

Two other names not mentioned so far: Arby's and Stouffer's. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

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Rocket Man's picture

Does anyone remember the old Shake Shoppe in Logan?  I think it burned down and got restarted a few times and may be defunct again.  "That old fashioned goodness" I loved their burgers, fries, and shakes.

And another place that keeps getting resurrected in Central Ohio is the old Jimmy's Jawbreakers, which went out of business years ago but lives on in Lancaster in the form of a trailer that goes to various events.

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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toad1204's picture
Burgers at the Tiltin Hilton, Indian Lake. 
 

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SharkBuck's picture

My read of the question is the type of food (as opposed to a business) that is unique to Ohio.  I think Skyline and Buckeyes fit that category the best.

Sharkbuck

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Wait, you're not going to name your favorite random burger joint?!

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Abuckeye15's picture

36-24-36? Ha ha, only if she's 5'3"

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hetuck's picture

One more: Rax, originally Jax, roast beef.  

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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Davep160's picture

I stopped at Four Loko

The lord of brevity.

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bucknut1994's picture

Can't believe we got 270+ comments and nobody said Taco Bell

#94Ways

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Seabass1974's picture

Kraft Mac and cheese with Heinz ketchup.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

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