'Ohio' on Serious Eats

A Love Letter to Ohio's Chocolaty, Peanut Buttery Buckeye Candy

Buckeyes are an fundamental part of the Ohio experience. In Ohio elementary schools, future corn-hole champions learn about the State's official tree, the Buckeye, and can identify its leaves before the age of six (although they will likely become confused that every stoner sporting a pot leaf t-shirt is an avid Ohioan...or maybe that was just me?). We learn about the state buckeye tree, we watch Buckeyes play football, and, best of all, we eat lots and lots of delicious peanut butter-chocolate buckeye likenesses. More

Market Scene: Findlay Market in Cincinnati, OH

Findlay Market is Cincinnati's oldest continuously running public market, and with some serious revitalization it's now also the most exciting place to source local meat, fish, and produce. In the summer, the market teams with farmers and outdoor merchants. Even in the dead of winter, though, there are great eats to be found. We took a tour of the offerings inside, to help you get through the coming months. More

A Sandwich a Day: The MC Schnitzel from Senate in Cincinnati

The multiday preparation for this sandwich starts with pork belly, butt, jowl, and trotters, which are braised with mirepoix and garlic. The rendered gelatin from the trotters seeps into the marvelous meat milieu which—when shredded, packed in a pan, and left to chill overnight—sets into a terrine loaf. The following day, it's sliced into thick slabs, floured, dipped in egg wash and panko, deep fried, and served up to lucky diners. That's one fancy-pants schnitzel. More

A Sandwich a Day: Challah Cuban at Burnell's in Cincinnati

Challah is an excellent (if not traditional) choice for the Cuban, and I really liked it. The perfectly grilled challah was nice and crunchy, yet soft and yielding, unblemished by the Cap'n-Crunch-roof-of-mouth effect that a toasted and pressed sandwich sometimes presents. Roasted pork, ham, cheese, pickles, and "monkey mustard"—made with whole grain country Dijon, honey, bananas, pineapple, and banana peppers—all worked together to make one damn good sandwich. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Mac 'N Cheese Grilled Cheese at Tom + Chee in Cincinnati

Creamy macaroni and cheese, savory bacon, and gooey cheddar is an amazing combo, even when not in a sandwich, and the generously buttered and grilled white bread adds a satisfying crunch. It's a sizeable meal; I usually eat half and save half for later. It's also a great value at $6.50, though I would save some room in your lunch budget for a soda, as this sandwich tends toward the salty side. More

A Sandwich A Day: The Ring Dang Doo from Deli Seven20 in Cincinnati

Deli Seven20 is tucked away in the corner of a large office building, amid law and advertising firms on one of the farther corners of Cincinnati's central business district, or as the natives call it, the "CBD." Despite the location, which is a little off the beaten path, the Deli is going into its sixth successful year, and is always packed around lunch time. Their secret could be the fresh, high quality ingredients used to make each sandwich and salad (such as smoked tofu, fig jam, brie, or jalapeño jelly), the creative specials that change daily, or the friendly staff who always remember your name. Or it could be the Ring Dang Doo. More

Cleveland: Stunning Burgers at The Greenhouse Tavern

Few will seriously dispute the claim that The Greenhouse Tavern is one of the best restaurants in Cleveland. And the build-your-own four-course meal might be the best value I've experienced at a higher end restaurant. If you're fortunate enough to check out chef Jonathan Sawyer's downtown establishment, it's definitely worth exploring the menu as much as possible, but passing over the burgers would be a huge mistake. More

Wendy's Testing Premium 'Black Label' Burgers in Wichita and Columbus

Wendy's is classing it up with a new line of Black Label Burgers—tagline, "The perfect harmony of signature taste and select ingredients"—currently being tested in Wichita, Kansas, and Columbus, Ohio. The quarter-pound burgers come in Bacon Portabella (with mushroom sauce, muenster cheese, three half-slices of bacon, thick tomato slice, and peppery sauce; $4.89) and Spicy Santa Fe (with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, mixed salad greens, thick tomato slice, red onion slices, and cilantro jalapeño lime sauce; $4.49), says GrubGrade. More

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