If you live in Columbus, go on the Green Meanie website, find out where it’s going to be over the next few days, and see if they are going be be serving their Shiznite sandwich. If they are, do yourself a favor — take some time, drive to wherever they are going to be, and have the Shiznite. It is that good.
According to the hand-lettered menu, the Shiznite is a panko-crusted dirty water hot dog on a New England roll with jalapeno cream cheese. It is then topped with thick chopped bacon, avocado, onions, diced tomato, scallions, and cilantro, and drizzled with this butt-kicking shiznite sauce. I tried it during the Ohioana Book Festival today — more on that tomorrow — and it was spectacular. I don’t even like half of these ingredients, and I consumed the entire sandwich with relish, licked my fingers, and enjoyed every instant of the experience. Seriously, the Shiznite is one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.
The Festival runs from 10 to 4:30 at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in downtown Columbus. There will be interesting panel discussions, presentations by authors, and a day-long book fair and book sales. A PDF of the program for the Festival is here.
The awesome collection of food trucks strongly suggests a rhythm and roundelay to the day. Grab a bagel, catch a panel discussion provocatively entitled Crime, True Crime, and the Unexplained, browse for books. Savor some Korean chow, talk to some authors, check out a panel discussion on eating out in Cleveland. And speaking of eating . . . Repeat, and repeat. There are great choices on both the panel discussion and food truck fronts.
I’ll be there when the Festival doors open, volunteering for the Ohioana Library Association. Stop by and say hello!