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by Brian Kaiser


P.F. Chang’s – 14.2% of 9,223 votes P.F. Chang’s offers traditional Asian dishes in addition to street fare, sushi, desserts, and even happy hour. With a menu ranging enough to make the whole family happy, it’s…

by Brian Kaiser


Marcella’s – 20.8% of 10,172 votes Go West, young man! This year’s top honors en Italia are heading to Colorado to stake their claim, but they’re keeping their Central Ohio roots with their Polaris and Short…

by Nathan Ward


J. Gumbo’s – 38.3% of 7,945 votes J. Gumbo’s remains the champion of Cajun Restaurants. Next time you’re there, try the gumbo—it’s really fun to say also really delicious. If you’re looking for a gluten-free option…

By Collins Laatsch

Place for Late Night Eats

Mikey’s Late Night Slice – 32.3% of 9,809 Multiple locations | latenightslice.com 2 Hounddog’s Three Degree Pizza 12.4% 3 Waffle House 12.3% 2016: Mikey’s Late Night Slice – 31.1% of 8,967 votes 2  Hounddog’s Three Degree Pizza…

Food Truck

Paddywagon – 32.6% of 13,100 votes Seizing top place this year, the motley crew of deputies running the street’s eats warranted nearly a third of the overall food truck votes. Sheriff of Brisket-ville, Zach James led…

By Collins Laatsch

Bang for Your Buck

El Vaquero – 25.3% of 8,848 votes Multiple Locations | vaqueroresstaurant.com 2  Cap City Fine Diner 16.7% 3  Los Gauchos 10.5% 2016: El Vaquero – 27.3% of 8,085 votes 2  Cap City Fine Diner 22.7% 3  Club…

Happy Hour

Marcella’s Ristorante – 13.8% of 4,473 votes Multiple locations | marcellasitaliankitchen.com 2  Forno 10.9% 3  Bar Louie 10.7% 2016: Marcella’s Ristorante – 32.8% of 2,987 votes 2  Bakersfield 18.3% 3  Hyde Park 16.1%

By Collins Laatsch


Akai Hana – 18.8% of 8,416 votes A combination of beautiful plating and freshness bursting from every sushi roll has earned Akai Hana the title. It’s well worth the drive to the ’burbs for the top-notch…


The Happy Greek – 20% of 9,063 votes The second and third place finishers for Best Gyro are brand new—one of the few instances in our ColumBEST polls. Nevertheless, The Happy Greek is firmly on top,…

by Collins Laatsch


El Vaquero – 20.8% of 10,370 votes When translated, “el vaquero” means “the cowboy.” Besides its consistently solid food, El Vaquero has a warmth to it that some of its newer, more hip rivals may lack….

by Eric Wagner

Hidden Gem

Katalina’s Café – 21.6% of 8,569 votes What are the hearts of Columbus worth? Over a million pancake balls, apparently. Katalina’s comes back as Best Hidden Gem for another consecutive year, proving that the nooks and…

by Chris Casella


Mitchell’s Fish Market – 30.5% of 9,321 votes Mitchell’s Fish Market, formerly Columbus Fish Market, enjoys yet another victory as Columbus’ Best Seafood Restaurant. One could say… they’re a real… catch. We’ll see ourselves out. 1245…

New Restaurant

Chuy’s – 9.2% of 7,473 votes You can always go simple with your Mexican cuisine—Taco Bell, Chipotle, Moe’s—but if you’re looking for a traditional Mexican option that’s a little more unique, then check out Chuy’s. Located…

by Jodi Miller


The Top Steak House – 43.2% of 12,914 votes 2891 E Main St. | thetopsteakhouse.com 2 Hyde Park 19.6% 3 Mitchell’s Steakhouse 9.9% 2016: Hyde Park – 25.3% of 9,768 votes Multiple locations |  hydeparkrestaurants.com 2  …

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Overall Restaurant

M at Miranova – 31.0% of 12,786 There are numerous reasons why this Cameron Mitchell establishment is so beloved. Among them: award-winning dishes such as the veal mignon, a location next to the Scioto River, and…

By Meghan Leigh Barnard


Bates and Brown Barber Chair – 22.9% of 3,761 votes Bates and Brown will design you a ’do with all the bells and whistles. An array of spa treatments and multiple highly skilled massage therapists make…


The Ohio State University 30% of 4,747 votes 2  Riverside Methodist Hospital – 28.7% 3  Nationwide Children’s Hospital – 13.8% 2016 – The Ohio State University 30.28% of 2,721 votes 2.  Riverside Methodist Hospital 26.57%  3.  Nationwide…

by Megan Leigh Barnard


Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph 30.5% of 4,164 votes Taking first place for the second year in a row, Le Meridien opens its stylish doors to visitors right in the heart of The Short North….