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by Megan Leigh Barnard

Breakfast

Northstar Cafe –10.7% of 11,617 votes Multiple Locations | thenorthstarcafe.com 2  First Watch 10.4% 3  Katalina’s Cafe 7.5% 2016: First Watch – 16.8% of 12,043 votes 496 S High St. |  firstwatch.com 2   Northstar Cafe 14.4% 3  …

by Chris Casella

Barbecue

City Barbecue – 60.4% of 14,031 votes There is nothing quite like good ol’ fashioned American barbecue, and it’s something us C-bus natives will go crazy over. City Barbecue captures the truest essence of charred, off-the-grill,…

by Nathan Ward

Burger

Thurman Cafe – 26.5% of 10,786 votes No matter how many challengers there are, the Thurmanator will always be king. The size is overpowering, yet not as intimidating as you’d think. There’s a reason you wait…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Hangover Breakfast

Hangover Easy – 13.5% of 10,016 votes A proper hangover cure requires the following variables: fried food, gallons of coffee, and an open bar. Hangover Easy has been curing post-party headaches for years with their delectable…

by Collins Laatsch

Fast Food

Raising Cane’s – 31.3% of 10,588 votes There’s something about Cane’s that Columbus can’t get enough of. It might be the perfect crunch of their tenders, or the fact that you can substitute the coleslaw that…

by Brian Kaiser

Quick Lunch

North Market – 22% of 10,123 votes No matter what food you’re craving, North Market’s got you covered. If you’re in the mood for Flavors of India, or you prefer a Taste of Belgium, North Market…

by Collins Laatsch

Ice Cream

Graeter’s Ice Cream – 34.6% of 10,713 votes Jeni’s prevailed in this race last year, and though we expected a close battle, we didn’t expect anything like this. We can’t fault our voters for selecting Graeter’s…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Buffet

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus – 33.5% of 9,174 votes It’s no wonder that our little gem known as Schmidt’s took first place as best buffet. While their many sausages and various forms of cabbage are a treat…

by Nathan Ward

Retail Bakery

Koko Tea Salon & Bakery – 22.4% of 13,248 votes The top three finishers from a year ago have landed in the same slots, with nearly the same vote percentages. It’ll be hard for anyone to…

Burrito

Chipotle – 53.3% of 13,260 votes Chipotle has made quite the name for itself—and rightfully so. If you’ve ever been (which you most likely have; they didn’t win best burrito by over 50 percent for no…

by Brian Kaiser

Fries

Arch City Tavern – 31.0% of 13,272 votes How about a shake(up) to go with those fries? One of the biggest surprises in this year’s poll is the emergence of Arch City Tavern. It’s not that…

by Nathan Ward

Dogs & Brats

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace – 59.4% of 13,881 votes Let’s put aside the debate over whether a hot dog is a sandwich (it isn’t) and celebrate the herculean run for Dirty Frank’s. Eight years of…

by Collins Laatsch

Wings

Roosters – 35.7% of 9,918 votes Roosters can’t seem to shake their win streak, but we’re sure they’re not complaining about it—and neither are we. Taking the cake for best wings, they’ve also won best wait…

by Chris Casella

Diner

Cap City Fine Diner – 32.8% of 9,908 votes Cap City is the kind of place you can go to feel fancy, while rocking clothes you actually wear on a regular basis. Bring your empty belly…

by Nathan Ward

Delicatessen

Katzinger’s – 45% of 9,849 votes A reuben, a bowl of matzo soup, some smoked fish, and a handful of pickles—Katzinger’s does it best. That’s evident as they maintain first place for another year as the…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Gourmet Pizza

Harvest Pizzeria – 22.6% of 10,439 votes Columbus has a plethora of sophisticated pizza options—so cheesy, so fancy. In a town full of truly great pizza, Harvest officially stands as the greatest. Multiple Locations | harvestpizzeria.com…

by Collins Laatsch

Traditional Pizza

Mikey’s Late Night Slice – 20.7% of 10,545 votes Mikey’s has cornered the market on drunk Columbusites shuffling the streets after-hours in search of food, like low blood sugar zombies growling, “PIIIIIIZZAAAAAA.” With three brick and…

Greek Restaurant

The Happy Greek – 33.7% of 8,562 votes 660 N High St.  |  happygreek.com 2  Jimmy V’s 14.9% 3  Yanni’s 9.7% 2016: The Happy Greek – 32% of 7,824 votes 2  Jimmy V’s 12.5% 3  Easy Street…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Middle Eastern Restaurant

Aladdin’s Eatery – 23.2% of 8,836 votes You know the battle when it comes to dinner—no one wants to eat the same thing. Someone wants pizza, you want curry, and someone else wants a pita. Aladdin’s…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Indian

Aab India – 38.6% of 8,387 votes Authenticity and buffets go a long way, and Aab India offers both. For the third year in a row, Aab India has won by a landslide. If you haven’t…

by Brian Kaiser

Asian

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

Italian

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

Cajun

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

Sushi

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…

Gyro

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

Mexican

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

Seafood

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

Steakhouse

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…

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