Over half a million votes!

We are finally unveiling all the best this city has to offer. This year, you, the readers and voters, highlighted all the popular spots we’ve all grown to love, familiar faces who have consistently achieved excellence, and of course, a few new places that have changed the way we go about our lives in Central Ohio. We’ve had our hands full tallying the totals, crossing our T’s, and dotting our I’s. But, without further ado, this is your definitive list of the champions of Columbus. 

This is ColumBEST.

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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Franklinton/Hilltop

1. TOMMY'S DINER 914 W Broad St | tommysdiner.com 2....
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hickoryhouse

Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Reynoldsburg

1. HICKORY HOUSE RESTAURANT 7051 E Main St | thehickoryhouse.com...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Grove City

1. ROOSTERS 1650 Stringtown Rd | roosterswings.com 2. Planks on...
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Land-Grant

Best Neighborhood Bar – Franklinton / Hilltop

1. LAND-GRANT 424 W Town St | landgrantbrewing.com 2. Yellow...
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otoolers

Best Neighborhood Bar – Reynoldsburg

1. O'Tooles Irish Pub 4796 W Broad St | otoolesgrill.com...
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grove city brewing

Best Neighborhood Bar – Grove City

1. GROVE CITY BREWING 3946 Broadway | grovecitybrewery.com 2. Hop...
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Best Meat Market / Butcher

1. CARFAGNA'S 1405 E Dublin Granville Rd. | carfagnasmarket.com 2. Butcher...
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ray rays

Best Barbecue

1. RAY RAY'S HOG PIT Multiple locations | rayrayshogpit.com 2....
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Best Bartender (Write-in)

1. WESLEY HENSON - BOSCOE'S boscoesbar.com 2. Sean Taylor -...
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Best Coffee Shop

1. STAUF'S COFFEE ROASTERS Multiple locations | staufs.com 2. Fox...
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Best Doggie Daycare

1. DOGTOPIA Multiple locations | dogtopia.com 2. Camp Bow Wow...
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Best Pet Groomer

1. DOGGIE DAY SPA 1627 W 1st Ave | doggiedayspacolumbus.com...
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101BeerKitchWestervilleBar

Best Beer Selection

1. 101 BEER KITCHEN Multiple locations | 101beerkitchen.com 2. The Daily...
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Seventh Son

Best Neighborhood Bar – Downtown Area

1. SEVENTH SON 1101 N 4th St. | seventhsonbrewing.com 2....
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Asian Elephant

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

1. COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium...
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Best Hotel

1. LE MÉRIDIEN COLUMBUS, THE JOSEPH It could, perhaps, be...
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Best Columbus Employer Under 500 Employees

1. HOT CHICKEN TAKEOVER Maybe you were expecting to see...
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Best Family Attraction to Spoil Your Kids

1. COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium...
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funny bone

Best Comedy Venue

1. THE FUNNY BONE If laughter is the best medicine,...
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wex

Best Art Gallery

1. WEXNER CENTER Film, video, fine art and design, performance...
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Best Movie Theater

1. AMC EASTON Have you tried the dine-in experience at...
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Best Bowling Alley

1. TEN PIN ALLEY Another strike for Ten Pin Alley....
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Best Free Family Attraction

1. METRO PARKS When you realize your feet have only...
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mid ohio

Favorite Local Charity

1. MID-OHIO FOODBANK Mid-Ohio Foodbank continues to win best local...
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Favorite Overall Local Celebrity

1. DR. AMY ACTON Dr. Amy Acton was the staple...
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Favorite Local Radio Station

1. CD92.9 Always challenging their listeners with the new and...
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Best Local Solo Musician

1. MOLLY WINTERS reverbnation.com/missmollywinters 2. AJ Angelo 3. John Schwab
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yolanda

Favorite Local TV Personality

1. YOLANDA HARRIS, 10TV Yolanda Harris has been a staple...
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7.18 MoJoFlo

Best Local Band

1. MOJOFLO From their debut EP "Waiting" in 2009, Mojoflo...
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Best To-Go Cocktail

1. CONDADO TACOS Multiple locations | condadotacos.com 2. High Bank...
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Best Cover Band

1. THE REAGANOMICS For over 20 years, The Reagnomics remind...
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Best Tattoo Parlor

1. EVOLVED BODY ART  Columbus, you've voted Evolved the best...
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zettler

Best Hardware Store

1. ZETTLER HARDWARE Multiple locations | zettlerhardware.com 2. Menards 3....
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riverside

Best Hospital

1. RIVERSIDE METHODIST HOSPITAL When it comes to hospitals in...
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Best Plant/Garden Shop/Nursery

1. OAKLAND NURSERY  Gardening can act as a segue between...
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Best Florist

1. CONNELLS MAPLE LEE Multiple locations | cmlflowers.com 2. Flowerama...
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Book Loft-3

Best Bookstore

1. THE BOOK LOFT  Tucked away in German Village is...
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Best Car Dealership

1. GERMAIN In 1947, Steve Germain's grandfather, Warren Germain, left...
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Best Pet Store

1. PETPEOPLE When it comes to spoiling our pets, it...
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easton

Best Shopping Center

1. EASTON TOWN CENTER The outdoor shopping plaza, Easton, has...
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IKEA

Best Furniture Store

1. IKEA 1900 Ikea Way | ikea.com 2. Elm & Iron...
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Cooper's Hawk-8

Best Wine Selection

1. COOPER'S HAWK WINERY 4230 The Strand | chwinery.com 2....
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Best Local Grocery Store

1. NORTH MARKET  Nothing like winning a ColumBEST award AND...
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Best Dry Cleaners

1. SWAN CLEANERS People smarter and more innovative than us...
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Best Thrift Store

1. GOODWILL Not only does thrifting save you money, it...
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Best Alternative Transportation

1. UBER  "I'll just get an Uber," is a phase...
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Best Vet/Animal Hospital

1. OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ANIMAL HOSPITAL Your fur babies agree...
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Best Local Clothing Store

1. HOMAGE The pronunciation of Homage is a Columbus conundrum--truthfully,...
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Best Large Grocery Store

1. KROGER Ohio-based Kroger continues to run the grocery store...
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Best Spa/Salon

1. PENZONE SALON + SPA Self care is more prominent...
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Best Jewelry Store

1. DIAMOND CELLAR  Columbus, you don't need little blue boxes...
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Best Place to Bank

1. HUNTINGTON BANK When it's time to dig up your...
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Best Place to get a Massage

1. MASSAGE ENVY You know you're in good hands at...
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rollaward

Best Bicycle Store

1. ROLL: Multiple locations | roll.shop 2. Trek Bicycles 3....
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Best Neighborhood Bar-UA/Grandview

1. GRANDVIEW CAFE High Bank Distillery 1051 Goodale Blvd |...
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Best Neighborhood Bar- Gahanna/Easton

1. GATSBY'S Gatsby's has been wowing the locals in Gahanna...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Dublin/Powell

1. VASO 6540 Riverside Dr | vasodublin.com 2. Nocterra 3....
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crooked

Best Neighborhood Bar – Hilliard

1. CROOKED CAN Crooked Can not only offers great beer...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – New Albany

1. THE GOAT The Goat offers a variety of things...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Worthington

1. OLD BAG OF NAILS 18 N Nelson Rd |...
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planetfitness award

Best Place to Get Fit

1. PLANET FITNESS Multiple Locations | planetfitness.com 2. Orange Theory...
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magic mountain

Best Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party

1. MAGIC MOUNTAIN It just makes sense that this would...
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grandview yard

Best Apartment Complex

1. GRANDVIEW YARD The luxury living complex not only offers...
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Best Park

1. HIGHBANKS METRO PARK The Metro Parks are one of...
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GVGH

Best Bed & Breakfast

1. GERMAN VILLAGE GUEST HOUSE Though temporarily closed, anyone who...
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franklin park conservatory

Best Place to Get Married

1. FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY Looking for an excuse to get...
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Best Place to Hold Your Reception

1. FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY 1777 E Broad St | fpconservatory.org...
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Union-10

Best LGBTQ Bar

1. UNION CAFE Union has done it again. This Short...
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bobs bar

Best Dive Bar

1. BOB'S BAR 4961 N High St 2. Char Bar...
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forno

Best Happy Hour

1. FORNO KITCHEN + BAR With 50% off some of...
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Cooper's Hawk-8

Best Wine Selection

1. COOPER'S HAWK 48.8% of the votes Holding down the...
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pearl bloody

Best Bloody Mary

1. THE PEARL From fried PB&J to beet salads and...
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Best Place for Late Night Eats

1. MIKEY'S LATE NIGHT SLICE Multiple locations | latenightslice.com 2....
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Best Traditional Burger

1. THURMAN CAFE 183 Thurman Ave | thethurmancafe.com 2. Five...
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Best Dining Patio

1. LINDEY'S 169 E Beck St | lindeys.com 2. Milestone...
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Best Wait Staff

1. ROOSTERS Multiple locations | roosterswings.com 2. Lindey's 3. Cap...
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Best Date Night Restaurant

1. LINDEY'S 169 E Beck St | lindeys.com 2. The...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Short North/Italian Village/Victorian Village

1. THE PEARL 641 N High St | thepearlcolumbus.com.com 2....
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Best Gyro

1. HAPPY GREEK 660 N High St | happygreek.com 2....
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the top

Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Bexley

1. THE TOP STEAKHOUSE 2891 E Main St | thetopsteakhouse.com...
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Best Place for Comfort Food

1. CAP CITY FINE DINER Multiple locations | capcityfinediner.com 2....
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northstar

Best Neighborhood Restaurant- Clintonville/Campus/Linden

1. NORTHSTAR CAFE 4241 N High St | northstarcafe.com 2....
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Best Vegetarian/ Vegan Restaurant

1. NORTHSTAR CAFE Multiple locations | northstarcafe.com 2. Brassica 3....
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Best Place for a Salad

1. NORTHSTAR CAFE Multiple locations | northstarcafe.com 2. Cap City...
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Best Place for Parties

1. PINS MECHANICAL CO. Multiple locations | pinsbar.com 2. Top...
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pins

Best Bar/Arcade

1. PINS MECHANICAL CO. Multiple locations | pinsbar.com 2. 16...
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BrewDog Franklinton

Best Overall Bar

1. BREWDOG Multiple locations 2. PINS Mechanical Co 3. Seventh...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant- Dublin/Powell

1. URBAN MEYER'S PINT HOUSE 6632 Longshore St | urbanspinthouse.com...
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the barn

Best Neighborhood Restaurant – New Albany

1. THE BARN AT ROCKY FORK CREEK Another neighborhood category...
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Natalie's

Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Worthington

1. NATALIE'S COAL-FIRED PIZZA 5601 N High St | nataliescoalfiredpizza.com...
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Cooper's Hawk-8

Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Easton/Gahanna

1. COOPER'S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANTS The opulence of the...
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top steak house

Best Hidden Gem Restaurant

1. THE TOP STEAKHOUSE 2891 E Main St | thetopsteakhouse.com...
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Kitchen Social

Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Polaris/Westerville

1. KITCHEN SOCIAL 8954 Lyra Dr | ourkitchensocial.com 2. Carfagna's...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – UA/Grandview

1. CAP CITY FINE DINER 1299 Olentangy River Rd |...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Hilliard

1. STARLINER DINER When Cuban cuisine meets a diner set-up,...
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harvest

Best Gourmet Pizza

1. HARVEST PIZZERIA A trip to Harvest isn't like any...
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Best Traditional Pizza

MASSEY'S Multiple locations | masseyspizza.com 2. Mikey's Late Night Slice...
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Best Gourmet Burger

1. THURMAN CAFE At Thurman Cafe, there's two things you...
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Best Wings

1. ROOSTERS Back for another year of reigning supreme of...
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Best Fries

1. FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES With fries in their...
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Best Dogs & Brats

1. DIRTY FRANK'S When it comes to hot dogs in...
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Best Ice Cream

1. GRAETER'S ICE CREAM Multiple locations | graeters.com 2. Jeni's...
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Best Tacos

1. CONDADO TACOS Whether you're in the Short North, at...
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Best Cookies

1. FOX IN THE SNOW Multiple locations | foxinthesnow.com 2....
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Best Donuts

1. BUCKEYE DONUTS It's always jelly donut time at Buckeye...
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cheesecake

Best Desserts

1. THE CHEESECAKE GIRL The Cheesecake Girl is just that...
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Best Sushi

1. AKAI HANA Akai Hana takes home the best-of crown...
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Apr 22 2019Mitchell's Ocean ClubEditorial

Best Seafood Restaurant

1. MITCHELL'S OCEAN CLUB Dining at a Mitchell's Ocean Club...
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Best Columbus Employer 500+ Employees

1. THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Why is Columbus ranked as...
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Best Drinking Patio

1. BREWDOG Brewdog is the ultimate patio and dining experience...
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Best Cajun

1. J. GUMBO's 9 N Sandusky St, Delaware, OH |...
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Best Overall Restaurant

1. LINDEY'S That's three years running for Lindey's to take...
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Best Italian Restaurant

1. MARCELLA'S Dinner at Marcella's is always a treat as...
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Best Indian Restaurant

1. AAB INDIA When dining at Aab, you're in for...
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Best Rooftop Bar

1. LINCOLN SOCIAL ROOFTOP 711 N High St | lincolnsocialrooftop.com...
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Best Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern Restaurant

1. ALADDIN'S EATERY Multiple locations | aladdins.com 2. Brassica 3....
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Best Mexican Restaurant

1. EL VAQUERO El Vaquero has stayed a consistent hit...
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Roosters Nest

Best Sports Bar

1. ROOSTERS In Central Ohio, when you say "sports," Roosters...
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Best Irish Pub

1. BYRNE'S PUB It's hard not to love all Irish...
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Best Asian Restaurant

1. TAI'S ASIAN BISTRO Tai's Asian Bistro takes the number...
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Best Local Brewery

1. BREWDOG Multiple locations | brewdog.com 2. Seventh Son 3....
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Best Local Spirits

1. WATERSHED DISTILLERY Never satisfied to rest on past successes,...
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Best New Restaurant

1. WIZARD OF ZA 4214 N High St | wizardofza.com...
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Best New Bar

1. LINCOLN SOCIAL Lincoln Social knows how to draw the...
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Best Creative Cocktails

1. HIGH BANK DISTILLERY The idea of High Bank Distillery...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – German Village/Olde Town East/Merion Village

1. ANTIQUES ON HIGH Antiques on High is the sister...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Clintonville/Campus/Linden

1. OUT-R-INN You might call yourself a Buckeye, but if...
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Best Greek Restaurant

1. HAPPY GREEK Piled high and stuffed full of toppings,...
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Best Bakery

1. RESCH'S BAKERY 4061 E Livingston Ave | reschbakery.com 2....
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the top

Best Neighborhood Bar – Bexley

1. THE TOP The Top was started as a supper...
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kitchen social

Best Neighborhood Bar – Polaris/Westerville

1. KITCHEN SOCIAL 8954 Lyra Dr | ourkitchensocial.com 2. 101...
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101

Best Gastropub

1. 101 BEER KITCHEN Obviously, 101 Beer Kitchen serves great...
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katzinger's

Best Delicatessen

1. KATZINGER'S Katzinger's is a deli that offers delicious options...
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Best Steakhouse

1. THE TOP STEAKHOUSE A trip to The Top in...
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Best Diner

1. CAP CITY FINE DINER Cap City Fine Diner isn't...
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Best Fast Food

1. CHICK-FIL-A Maybe it's the "eat mor chikin" campaign that...
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ray rays

Best Food Truck

1. RAY RAY'S HOG PIT Boasting the "real deal" of...
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Best Breakfast

1. FIRST WATCH Multiple locations | firstwatch.com 2. Fox in...
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Best Price is No Object Restaurant

1. THE REFECTORY Eating at The Refectory is a visual...
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North Market

Best Quick Lunch

1. NORTH MARKET Not only does the North Market offer...
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Best Brunch

1. NORTHSTAR CAFE Back again as the champion of brunch,...
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