There are some foods that the Buckeye State is iconically known for. We like our chili dogs piled high with cheese, our ice cream flavors perfected and our burgers as big as possible. The following are 10 iconic foods Ohio specializes in—and proudly so.
Usually made around the holidays, this signature homemade Ohio candy is downright mouthwatering to peanut butter and chocolate lovers.
2. Tony Packo’s chili dogs
Although there are several excellent chili dog joints in Ohio, nobody does it like Tony Packo's. For a truly epic chili dog with a wide variety of options, check out this iconic hotdog joint, (and its famous bun museum,) at one of its multiple locations in Toledo
3. The Thurmanator
Thurman's Cafe in German Village is home to Ohio's most serious burger. This beloved Columbus burger and restaurant has been featured on television several times, first appearing on the Travel Channel in 2008 in an episode of "Man vs. Food."
4. Slyman's corned beef
Here in Ohio, we have a special place in our hearts for a delicious corned beef sandwich—and Slyman's Restaurant fills that void beautifully. This downtown Cleveland eatery is home to what is arguably the best corned beef you can find in Ohio.
5. The 3-Way...
Spaghetti noodles, heaps of shredded cheddar cheese and chili with a hint of cinnamon come together to create this interesting dish. The Cincinnati area's Skyline Chili chain challenges the norm, and many (though not all) find it delicious.
6. ...and cheese conies
If the 3-way isn't your preference, Skyline's cheese conies (topped with the signature chili, onions, mustard and mounds of cheese) are an excellent alternative.
7. Wendy's frosty with fries
No matter what anyone tries to tell you, we started the genius frosty-french-fry-combo creation—just like we started the beloved fast food chain itself.
8. Paw paws
America’s largest tree fruit is celebrated annually at the Ohio Paw Paw Festival in Albany. (This delicious fruit tastes like a cross between a cantaloupe and a banana to me...)
9. Graeter’s Ice Cream
AKA, the King of Ice Cream.
10. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
AKA, the Queen of Ice Cream.