Even though is right in the middle of the Corn Belt region, do not fret since it does have fun and diverse resident with an eclectic history. This state is well known for a lot more than just corn and exciting fare. Strong Polish and German heritage has left a strong mark on the Ohioan cuisine, with foods like sauerkraut and kielbasa working their way into some completely unexpected dishes. Here are some of the best specialties you cannot miss out on and some of the things you need to know before you start your Ohio food trip.
Shaker Lemon Pie
Also known as the Ohio Lemon Pie, the filling is made up of mainly lemons, eggs and sugar and once it is prepared it is similar to lemon curd or custard. Topped with a crispy and flaky crust, the pie is usually served warm.
Almost exclusively found in Ohio, the buckeye candy is made from a special peanut butter mixture that is later partially dipped in chocolate. The candy is made to look like the nut of a Buckeye tree, which its home in Ohio and is also why Ohio’s nickname is “The Buckeye State”.
A chili dish originating from Cincinnati is made with thin meat chili which is usually served over spaghetti or other pasta and topped with shredded cheddar. Sometimes you can also find the chili served over hotdogs.
A German-American breakfast dish, Goetta is made of ground pork and steel-cut oats that are griddle cooked until crispy. It is normally served with ketchup or apple butter.
A famous Polish dish, pierogis are dumpling stuffed with potatoes, ground meat, sauerkraut or cheese filling and traditionally fried with butter and onions together.
City Chicken is a dish in which cubes of meat are skewered and baked or fried. The meat is usually pork. The skewers can also be served breaded. This dish is most popular in and around the Cleveland area.
Often found in Cleveland, the Polish Boy is a sandwich consisting of grilled kielbasa on a bun witch coleslaw, barbecue sauce, and chips. The kielbasa is sometimes served deep-fried before assembling the sandwich.
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Things you need to know
With Ohio having very fertile farmland, it makes it a great place to pick up some locally grown fresh fruits or vegetables. The peak season for most local crops is between June and September.
20% is usually tipped for excellent service, while 15% of the bill is customary. You should tip the bartenders at least one dollar per drink, no matter the price of your drink.
The drinking age in the state of Ohio is 21 years.
Tomato Juice is the state beverage. Tomato juice is either served with cocktails like Bloody Mary or just plain. Other ingredients like garlic powder or onion, are usually added to the juice.
Columbus is well known for its signature gin. A light gin with a smooth body that is very popular with local restaurants and residents.