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Steal This Look

I am a thief. Not like a ‘steal your stuff’ thief, but an idea thief. Especially when it comes to décor. Love, love, love going to open houses just to see how other people dress…


Honey Do!

Barry Conrad knows bees. On the flip side of his business card there’s a photo of Barry, with his crinkly eyes and white hair, wearing a literal beard of bees. “I want to show people…

Photo by Rachael Barbash
Photo by Rachael Barbash


Plenty has changed about the capital city since Brian Swanson was part of a successful three-headed Park Street empire alongside Chris Corso and Mike Gallichio. One thing that hasn’t: if you’re promoting a place with…

Photo by Collins Laatsch
Photo by Collins Laatsch

Meat Men

My papa was a butcher—one of those gregarious, old school, Buddha-bellied guys. The larger than life, cleaver-wielding stereotype whose rosy cheeks matched his stained work apron. The type of person who knew the first name…


Best Barbecue

City Barbecue 37.4% of 10,856 votes Boasting as impressive a percent as ever, City Barbecue rocks the ribs. It’s for those of you who aren’t afraid to get your hands a little sticky and your…


Best Burger

Thurman Café 25.8% of 11,340 votes Columbus likes a little challenge when it comes to chowing down. The Thurman Burger has the competitive edge other burgers lack while still delivering in the taste department. You’ll…


Best Fast Food

Raising Cane’s 32.3% of 10,890 votes Specializing in the meal of choice for picky eaters everywhere might be the smartest concept for a restaurant yet. Take something safe, like chicken fingers, and perfect it. Cane’s…


Best Ice Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams 36.7% of 10,688 votes Who else would it be but Jeni’s? Although to be fair, Graeter’s put up a good fight, but the champ defended her title even though she had…


Best Buffet

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus 31.9% of 9,345 votes The lunchtime Autobahn Buffet at the uber-German Schmidt’s Sausage Haus is the winner here, where you can sample all kinds of sausage and schnitzel, and load up on…


Best Burrito

Chipotle Mexican Grill 38.0% of 10,573 votes In Columbus, we don’t really love anything the same way we love Chipotle. Cut us and we bleed the guacamole that we more than willingly paid extra for….


Best Fries

Five Guys Burgers and Fries 23.8% of 10,343 votes There’s something to be said for a restaurant that fills the bottom of your bag with a scoop of extra fries. Five Guys knows what the…


Best Wings

Roosters 31.6% of 10, 548 votes Repeat winners Roosters has set Columbus ablaze again with its remarkably hot wings. Other charges include a diverse array of flavors and the friendliest crew to hang with. Multiple…


Best Diner

Cap City Fine Diner 32.9% of 10,307 votes Cap City Fine Diner is a beautiful paradox: it’s casual yet classy, modern yet mid-century, and traditional yet trendy. It’s everything you love about diners packaged with…


Best Traditional Pizza

Mikey’s Late Night Slice 21.7% of 11,026 votes The best part about Mikey’s is that they’re local but they’re everywhere. Wherever you are when you get that no-nonsense, gotta-have-pizza craving, there’s a Mikey’s not too…


Best Italian

Marcella’s 19.1% of 10,750 votes Marcella’s achieves the Little Italy taste in a setting that feels vintage and less like a theme restaurant. Whether you’re pairing your pasta with a traditional wine or a specialty…


Best Sushi

Akai Hana 19.6% of 1,794 votes Decades ago, you might be hard pressed to find more than a few hundred people you knew in central Ohio that frequently dined on sushi—and now, we actually have…


Best Gyro

Happy Greek 26.9% of 10,219 votes For a flatbread-wrapped tzatziki dream come true, The Happy Greek is the place to be. It doesn’t matter how you pronounce “gyro,” you just need to know who’s got…


Best Hidden Gem

Katalina’s Café 18.4% of 8,413 votes Housed in a cute old gas station (retro old, not dirty old), Katalina’s serves up tasty twists on breakfast and lunch classics. Grilled cheese with habanero jam, pancake balls,…


Best Seafood

Columbus Fish Market 35.7% of 10,008 votes Nothing’s fishy about this result: Columbus Fish Market has claimed the top percentage again by bringing the coast to Columbus. From salmon to shellfish, your taste buds will…


Best New Restaurant

Sweet Carrot 14.5% of 8,537 votes Pardon us for appreciating the unique blend of past and present in this year’s winner. Housed in the historical former Rife’s Market space in Grandview, Sweet Carrot’s evolution from…


Best Breakfast

First Watch 16.8% of 12,043 votes Dethroning last year’s winner, First Watch regains the breakfast crown. Healthy choices seem to reign supreme in this category, and First Watch promises the freshest fruit and French toast…