As a born-and-raised Clevelander, I couldn't imagine life without $1 hot dogs at Indians games, Mitchell's Blue Cosmo ice cream, and Corbo's cannolis. Though Cleveland may be known for the Cavs, Indians, rock and roll, and the Browns, there are several foods that are specific to the city and cherished by generations of Cleveland residents. Here are 10 food truths that every Clevelander knows to be true.

1. No hot dog is complete without Ballpark Mustard.

Dollar Dog Day at Progressive Field (or, if you're a long-time Indians fan, "The Jake") wouldn't be the same without this iconic mustard, which is served at all Cleveland sports stadiums. Also popular is rival Stadium Mustard, but Ballpark Mustard is Cleveland's classic condiment. The mustard is a slightly spicy brown mustard that fans put on everything.

2. Speaking of baseball, your favorite part of the game is watching hot dogs race each other around the field.

The Hot Dog Derby occurs at every Indians baseball game, where fans cheer on Ketchup, Mustard, and Onion in their race around the field. Who knew cheering for condiments would be so fun?

3. A trip to University Circle always involves a stop in Little Italy.

This historic section of Mayfield Road is home to iconic Italian restaurants and bakeries, such as Mama Santa's, Presti's, and Corbo's. Make sure to grab a cannoli or cassata cake for a taste of Italy close to home.

4. You've waited in line at Slyman's for a corned beef sandwich.

Slyman's is a Cleveland institution, open since 1963. This classic deli has some of the best quality meats around. It's no surprise celebritiesand locals alike get their sandwich fix here. Make sure to stop in to try their classic corned beef piled high on rye bread, served with a pickle spear. 

5. You know how to navigate the West Side Market.

The West Side Market is the oldest market in Cleveland, operating continuously since 1912. This beautiful building houses a labyrinth of butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable vendors, and even gyro stands, all serving fresh local food. There's no better place to go if you're feeling adventurous.

6. You've been to all of Michael Symon's restaurants.

Iron Chef Michael Symon is a Clevelander and has several amazing restaurants around town. Try B Spot for classic burgers and fries, Mabel's BBQ for Cleveland-style barbecue (served with a Ball Park mustard-based sauce, of course), and Lola for upscale American dishes. 

7. There's always somewhere to get ice cream.

Cleveland has no shortage of ice cream stores. From creamy custard at East Coast Custard, local flavors at Mitchell's, and iconic views at the Popcorn Shop, there's always a shop nearby to get your ice cream fix. 

8. You take all your visitors to Tommy's. 

Tommy's is the ideal place to go with friends and family—they have gluten-free, dairy free, and vegetarian options to fit everyone's needs. This historic restaurant on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights is always packed, but the food here is worth the long wait. I always order their wraps and falafel, and my meal isn't complete without a famed Tommy's chocolate milkshake. 

9. Eastern European food is a part of life.

Pierogi, Polish Boys, and paczki, brought by generations of Eastern European immigrants, might be the most well-known Cleveland food. A Polish Boy, not to be confused with a Louisiana Po' Boy, is a kielbasa sausage on a bun, topped with coleslaw, french fries, and barbecue sauce, and it's a local favorite. A trip to Slavic Village provides both a cultural experience and some delicious meals.

10. Malley's Chocolate is a sweet staple.

Malley's Chocolate is a long-time favorite for all things sweet. Their iconic pink smokestacks can be seen from the highway, and their bumper stickers and plane banners can be seen across Northeast Ohio. Try the pretzel crunch bar for decadent milk chocolate filled with salty pretzel pieces, or peanut butter buckeyes for an Ohio classic.

Cleveland's food scene is the hidden gem of the Midwest. With a mix of new and trendy restaurants alongside generations-old shops, there's no shortage of options to try. Next time you're in town, stop by these iconic restaurants and shops and taste what Cleveland food has to offer.