After over half-a-million votes, we’ve got the final tally of who came out on top.

We’re happy to finally unveil 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.


Best Bakery

1. RESCH'S BAKERY 4061 E Livingston Ave | 2....
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Bexley

1. THE TOP The Top was started as a supper...
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Best Dogs & Brats

1. DIRTY FRANK'S When it comes to hot dogs in...
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Best Bar/Arcade

1. PINS MECHANICAL CO. Multiple locations | 2. 16...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Worthington

1. OLD BAG OF NAILS 18 N Nelson Rd |...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Dublin/Powell

1. VASO 6540 Riverside Dr | 2. Nocterra 3....
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Favorite Overall Local Celebrity

1. NINA WEST 2. Ryan Day 3. Archie Griffin
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Favorite Local TV Personality

1. YOLANDA HARRIS, 10TV Yolanda Harris has been a staple...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Polaris/Westerville

1. KITCHEN SOCIAL 8954 Lyra Dr | 2. Carfagna's...
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Best Price is No Object Restaurant

1. THE REFECTORY Eating at The Refectory is a visual...
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Best Asian Restaurant

1. TAI'S ASIAN BISTRO Tai's Asian Bistro takes the number...
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Best Food Truck

1. RAY RAY'S HOG PIT Boasting the "real deal" of...
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Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

1. COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium...
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Best Large Grocery Store

1. KROGER Ohio-based Kroger continues to run the grocery store...
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Best Wait Staff

1. ROOSTERS Multiple locations | 2. Lindey's 3. Kitchen...
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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 Place to Get Fit

1. PLANET FITNESS Multiple Locations | 2. Orange Theory...
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Best Art Gallery

1. WEXNER CENTER Film, video, fine art and design, performance...
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Best Indian Restaurant

1. AAB INDIA When dining at Aab, you're in for...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Grove City

1. GROVE CITY BREWING 3946 Broadway | 2. Zassy's...
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Best Overall Bar

1. PINS MECHANICAL CO Multiple locations | 2. Seventh...
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Best Local Spirits

1. WATERSHED DISTILLERY 1145 Chesapeake Ave. | 2. High...
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Best Free Family Attraction

1. METRO PARKS When you realize your feet have only...
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Best Furniture Store

1. IKEA 1900 Ikea Way | 2. Elm & Iron...
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Best New Bar

1. RH ROOFTOP COLUMBUS 4120 Worth Ave. | 2....
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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 Hidden Gem Restaurant

1. Katalina's Cafe Multiple Locations | 2. The Top...
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Best Wine Selection

1. COOPER'S HAWK Holding down the #1 spot for another...
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Best Comedy Venue

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

1. 5TH AVE. FLORAL CO. 1877 Kenny Rd |
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Best Place for Comfort Food

1. CAP CITY FINE DINER Multiple locations | 2....
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Best Delicatessen

1. KATZINGER'S Katzinger's is a deli that offers delicious options...
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Best Bed & Breakfast

1. BEXLEY BED & BREAKFAST 519 S Drexel Ave. |...
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Best Gastropub

1. HIGH BANK DISTILLERY Multiple locations | 2. 101...
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Favorite Local Radio Station

1. CD92.9 Always challenging their listeners with the new and...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant- Clintonville/Campus/Linden

1. NORTHSTAR CAFE 4241 N High St | 2....
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Best To-Go Cocktail

1. HIGH BANK DISTILLERY Multiple locations | 2. Condado...
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Best Pet Store

1. PETPEOPLE When it comes to spoiling our pets, it...
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Best Diner

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

1. LION CUB'S COOKIES 1261 Grandview Ave | 2....
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Best Local Brewery

1. Seventh Son 1101 N 4th St | 2....
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Best Thrift Store

1. OHIO THRIFT Multiple locations | 2. Goodwill 3....
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Best Breakfast

1. Fox in the Snow | Multiple locations 2....
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Bexley

1. THE TOP STEAKHOUSE 2891 E Main St |
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Franklinton/Hilltop

1. TOMMY'S DINER 914 W Broad St | 2....
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Best Dive Bar

1. BECK TAVERN  284 E Beck St 2. Hey Hey...
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Best Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern Restaurant

1. Brassica Multiple locations | 2. Aladdin's Eatery 3....
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Best Desserts

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

1. ROLL: Multiple locations | 2. Trek Bicycles 3....
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Downtown Area

1. SEVENTH SON 1101 N 4th St. | 2....
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Best Bookstore

1. THE BOOK LOFT  Tucked away in German Village is...
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Best Traditional Burger

1. THURMAN CAFE 183 Thurman Ave | 2. Five...
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Best Bloody Mary

1. THE PEARL From fried PB&J to beet salads and...
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Roosters Nest

Best Sports Bar

1. ROOSTERS In Central Ohio, when you say "sports," Roosters...
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Best Jewelry Store

1. DIAMOND CELLAR  Columbus, you don't need little blue boxes...
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Best Beer Selection

1. 101 BEER KITCHEN Multiple locations | 2. PINS Mechanical...
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Best LGBTQ Bar

1. UNION CAFE Union has done it again. This Short...
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Best Movie Theater

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

1. BUCKEYE DONUTS It's always jelly donut time at Buckeye...
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Best Place for Parties

1. PINS MECHANICAL CO. Multiple locations | 2. Top...
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Best Fast Food

1. CHICK-FIL-A Maybe it's the "eat mor chikin" campaign that...
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Best Gourmet Burger

1. THURMAN CAFE At Thurman Cafe, there's two things you...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Reynoldsburg

1. O'Tooles Irish Pub 4796 W Broad St |
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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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Best Local Solo Musician

1. MOLLY WINTERS 2. John Schwab 3. Dave Powers
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Best Hospital

1. RIVERSIDE METHODIST HOSPITAL When it comes to hospitals in...
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Best Quick Lunch

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

Mikey's Late Night Slice Multiple locations | 2. Massey's...
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Best Neighborhood Bar-UA/Grandview

1. HIGH BANK DISTILLERY 1051 Goodale Blvd | 2....
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Best Dining Patio

1. LINDEY'S 169 E Beck St | 2. Milestone...
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Best Bar- Arena District

1. R Bar Arena 2. Betty's Bar 3. Brother's...
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Best Cajun

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

1. STARLINER DINER When Cuban cuisine meets a diner set-up,...
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Best Vegetarian/ Vegan Restaurant

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

1. NORTHSTAR CAFE Multiple locations | 2. Cap City...
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Best Barbecue

1. RAY RAY'S HOG PIT Multiple locations | 2....
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Best Coffee Shop

1. STAUF'S COFFEE ROASTERS Multiple locations | 2. Fox...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Easton/Gahanna

1. COOPER'S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANTS The opulence of the...
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Best Italian Restaurant

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

1. THE TOP STEAKHOUSE A trip to The Top in...
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Best Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party

1. MAGIC MOUNTAIN It just makes sense that this would...
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Best Meat Market / Butcher

1. CARFAGNA'S 1405 E Dublin Granville Rd. | 2. Butcher...
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Best Creative Cocktails

1. HIGH BANK DISTILLERY The idea of High Bank Distillery...
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Best Happy Hour

1. FORNO KITCHEN + BAR 721 N High St. |...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Polaris/Westerville

1. KITCHEN SOCIAL 8954 Lyra Dr | 2. Uptown...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Worthington

1. THE WHITNEY HOUSE  666 High St | 2....
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Best Gyro

1. HAPPY GREEK 660 N High St | 2....
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Best Apartment Complex

1. GRANDVIEW YARD The luxury living complex not only offers...
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Favorite Local Charity

1. MID-OHIO FOODBANK Mid-Ohio Foodbank continues to win best local...
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Best Cover Band

1. THE REAGANOMICS For over 20 years, The Reagnomics remind...
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Best Place to get a Massage

1. WOODHOUSE DAY SPA  You know you're in good hands...
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Best Cab Company

1. UBER  2. Yellow Cab 3. Dublin Taxi
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant- Dublin/Powell

1. THE PEARL 641 N High St | 2....
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Best Gourmet Pizza

1. HARVEST PIZZERIA A trip to Harvest isn't like any...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Grove City

1. ROOSTERS 1650 Stringtown Rd | 2. Planks on...
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Best Local Band

1. CAAMP  2. MoJoFlo 3. North to Nashville
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Best Local Grocery Store

1. NORTH MARKET  Nothing like winning a ColumBEST award AND...
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Best Irish Pub

1. BYRNE'S PUB It's hard not to love all Irish...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – New Albany

1. THE BARN AT ROCKY FORK CREEK Another neighborhood category...
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Best Seafood Restaurant

1. MITCHELL'S OCEAN CLUB Dining at a Mitchell's Ocean Club...
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Best Mexican Restaurant

1. EL VAQUERO El Vaquero has stayed a consistent hit...
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Best Doggie Daycare

1. DOGTOPIA Multiple locations | 2. Camp Bow Wow...
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Best Place to Hold Your Reception/ Event Space

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Best Ice Cream

1. JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAM Multiple locations | 2....
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Best Place for Late Night Eats

1. MIKEY'S LATE NIGHT SLICE Multiple locations | 2....
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Best Fries

1. FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES With fries in their...
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Best Brunch

1. Kitchen Social Multiple locations | 2. Northstar Cafe 3....
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Best Rooftop Bar

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Best Car Dealership

1. GERMAIN In 1947, Steve Germain's grandfather, Warren Germain, left...
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Best Bowling Alley

1. TEN PIN ALLEY Another strike for Ten Pin Alley....
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Best Shopping Center

1. EASTON TOWN CENTER The outdoor shopping plaza, Easton, has...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Hilliard

1. CROOKED CAN Crooked Can not only offers great beer...
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Best Plant/Garden Shop/Nursery

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

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

1. AKAI HANA Akai Hana, once again, takes home the...
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Best Columbus Employer 500+ Employees

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

1. HIGHBANKS METRO PARK The Metro Parks are one of...
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Best Neighborhood

1. GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS  Grandview Heights has long been a well-kept...
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Best Hardware Store

1. MENARDS Multiple locations | 2. Zettler Hardware 3....
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Best Overall Restaurant

1. KITCHEN SOCIAL Multiple Locations | 2. Lindey's 3....
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Best Greek Restaurant

1. HAPPY GREEK Piled high and stuffed full of toppings,...
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Best Restaurant- Arena District

1. Nada 2. Wario's Beef & Pork 3. Bucca...
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Best Bartender

1. John Maher- Watershed Distillery 2. Rokellee Pace- Union 3....
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Best Spa/Salon

1. PENZONE SALON + SPA Self care is more prominent...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – New Albany

1. THE GOAT The Goat offers a variety of things...
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Best Local Place to Get Married

1. FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY Looking for an excuse to get...
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Best Place to Bank

1. HUNTINGTON BANK When it's time to dig up your...
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Best Wings

1. ROOSTERS Back for another year of reigning supreme of...
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Best Pet Groomer

1. DOGGIE DAY SPA 1627 W 1st Ave |
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Best Local Clothing Store

1. HOMAGE The pronunciation of Homage is a Columbus conundrum--truthfully,...
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Best Vet/Animal Hospital

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Best Neighborhood Bar- Gahanna/Easton

1. Forbidden Root 4080 Worth Ave | 2. Gatsby's...
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Best Drinking Patio

1. LAND-GRANT 424 W. Town Street | 2. BrewDog...
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Best Dry Cleaners

1. SWAN CLEANERS People smarter and more innovative than us...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Reynoldsburg

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Best Hotel

1. LEVEQUE 50 W Broad St | 2. Le...
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Best Neighborhood Bar – Franklinton / Hilltop

1. LAND-GRANT 424 W Town St | 2. Yellow...
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Best Bartender (Write-in)

1. WESLEY HENSON - BOSCOE'S 2. Sean Taylor -...
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Best Wine Selection

1. COOPER'S HAWK WINERY 4230 The Strand | 2....
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Best Alternative Transportation

1. UBER  "I'll just get an Uber," is a phase...
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Best Date Night Restaurant

1. LINDEY'S 169 E Beck St | 2. The...
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Best Neighborhood Restaurant – UA/Grandview

1. CAP CITY FINE DINER 1299 Olentangy River Rd |...
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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 Tattoo Parlor

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