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    24 Indisputable Reasons Columbus Has The Best Damn Food In The Land

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    1. Honey Lavender Macarons, Pistacia Vera

    Ryan Kincaid

    It would be silly to just order one macaron, but if you had to, go for Honey Lavender. The pale violet macaron is perfectly airy with an ever-so-delicate crispness on the first bite. Then comes the rich, honey butter cream center to sweeten the deal. Any Francophile will tell you that these macarons give the Parisians a run for their euro. With about a dozen always-changing varieties to choose from, Pistacia Vera will keep you coming back for more.

    Honorable mention: Pistachio Macaron

    2. Hot Bollywood, Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace

    3. Brown Butter Almond Brittle Ice Cream, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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    If you know anything about the Columbus food scene, you know Jeni’s. Jeni Britton Bauer has been crafting artisan ice creams with smart and interesting flavor profiles since opening her first shop in 2002. Out-of-towers will know Salty Caramel as the best-selling flavor of this rich, locally sourced ice cream, but locals will tell you to go for the Brown Butter Almond Brittle. With pieces of homemade almond brittle mixed into this sweet + creamy ice cream, you’ll taste why Jeni’s is the coolest in Columbus.

    Honorable mention: Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

    4. Spicy Yuma, Harvest Pizzeria

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    Harvest is the kind of pizzeria where, whether you show up wearing a suit or sweatshirt, you feel perfectly dressed. That’s because its casual, rustic feel and terrific service make you feel right at home, but the pizza itself is something you’d dress up for. It’s that good. Perfectly crafted every time. The Spicy Yuma is an exceptional combination of Gouda, mozzarella, chorizo, jalapeño, corn, roasted red pepper, and chipotle tomato sauce. You could easily split a pie, but don’t.

    Honorable mention: Mushroom Pizza

    5. Cocktails, Curio

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    What’s even better about Harvest is its accompanying bar, which serves up prohibition-style cocktails and atmosphere right next door. The drinks are delicious, the bartenders good looking, and the setting almost criminal. Ask for the secret menu and you’ll almost be wishing the Eighteenth Amendment was back on the books.

    6. North Market

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    The North Market is an institution. The Mecca when it comes to food in the Midwest. Offering up the freshest local ingredients and some of the best food in the city, the vendors here know what good food tastes like, and more importantly, they are so excited to share it with you. Central to Downtown Columbus, the North Market draws businessmen and businesswomen on their lunch breaks, families out for lunch, romantic pairs on first or twenty-first dates, and foodies hunting down the hard-to-find ingredients they’ve been looking for.

    7. Heart Attack Roll, Nida’s Thai on High

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    At the end of the day, Columbus is still in the Midwest, so there had to be something deep fried on this list. Nida’s will treat you to the finest Asian cuisine in the city, from fried rice and sashimi to pad thai, but go for the Heart Attack. It has cream cheese and it’s deep fried so that’s all you need to know.

    Honorable mention: Pad Thai

    8. Gyro, Greek Festival

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    Every summer, the social calendar of any Columbus resident becomes full with festivals. Comfest, Pride Festival, Jazz and Ribs, and the Greek Festival. Occurring every year over Labor Day weekend, the Greek Festival brings the best of the Aegeans to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on High and Goodale. Get the gyro and a bottle of Mythos Greek beer to enjoy as you watch traditional Greek dancing, or join in the dance yourself. Everyone wishes they was Greek.

    Honorable mention: Loukoumades

    9. Pollo Rojo Tacos, Bakersfield

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    Disclaimer: Bakersfield is a Cincinnati import. But as the inventors of Skyline Chili, the city is disqualified from ever being a city for foodies. That’s probably why Bakersfield moved north in the first place. The Bakersfield Short North location will treat you well with salads named after Johnny and June, an excellent selection of tequilas and whiskeys, and tacos a la carte. Order three or four varieties, and make sure the Pollo Rojo is one of them.

    Honorable mention: Fish Tacos

    10. Sacher Torte, Mozart’s

    11. Nutella Pancake Balls, Katalina’s Café Corner

    12. Belgian Waffles, Taste of Belgium

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    If you’re more of a Leslie Knope when it comes to your breakfast carbs, fear not. Taste of Belgium offers up the perfect compliment to those of you who prefer waffles to pancake balls. The waffles are as good as those you’ll find in Bruges. Golden brown with crunchy caramelized sugar. Go for any topping you’d like or have it plain, but Nutella’s an option, so I think we both know how this will go.

    Honorable mention: Waffle with another topping. Leslie would be ashamed if you ate just one.

    13. Melted Pecorino Cheese, Marcella’s

    14. Pour-Over, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters

    15. Buckeye Donuts

    16. Black Raspberries, Champaign Berry Farm

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    After a few days in Columbus, you might forget that you are, in fact, surrounded by farmland. Drive an hour or so outside of Columbus towards Urbana and you’ll find Champagne Berry Farm, where you can pick your own red and black raspberries every summer. Peak season occurs around July, situated between strawberry and apple picking seasons. With so many farms around the city, only a foolish foodie would refuse the opportunity to eat local.

    Honorable mention: Lynd’s Fruit Farm in Pataskala for apples, pumpkins, and corn mazes

    17. Dollar Grilled Cheese, Bodega

    18. Northstar Burger, Northstar Café

    19. Plain-Ass Pepperoni, Mikey’s Late Night Slice

    20. Chicken Diablo, Figlio

    21. Arepas, El Arepazo

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    Pearl Alley, what a foodie gem you are. Go during the summer for the Pearl Alley Farmers’ Market or any time during the year for arepas at El Arepazo. Hearty corn cakes are filled with the protein of your choosing, topped with lettuce, and served with a side of chimichurri. The colorful graffiti art on the patio will have you feeling like you’ve hit the streets of Venezuela without ever leaving Ohio.

    Honorable mention: Carne Asada

    22. Thurmanator, The Thurman Cafe

    23. The Village Addiction, Brown Bag Delicatessen

    24. Buckeyes, Tailgating parties and homes across the city

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    O-H! Oh! Whether it’s an expression of team pride or joyful excitement, the sight of Buckeyes will elicit a reaction in Columbus. In the center of the Buckeye State, you would be hard pressed to find anyone in the city of Columbus who hasn’t tried this winning confection of peanut butter and chocolate. Buckeyes are reason enough for Columbus to be the best damn foodie city in the land. Go Bucks!

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