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Best of Columbus 2019: Readers' Poll 2019

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
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Best Breakfast

  1. First Watch (19.4%)
  2. Tommy's Diner (9.5%)

Best Brunch

  1. Northstar Café (20.6%)
  2. Lindey's (13.6%)

Best Coffee Shop

  1. Stauf's Coffee Roasters (23.9%)
  2. Fox in the Snow Café (20%)

Best Fast Casual

  1. Bibibop (16.5%)
  2. Piada Italian Street Food (16.5%)

Best Cheap Eats

  1. Condado Tacos (25.7%)
  2. Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace (23.5%)

Best Kids Menu

  1. Rusty Bucket (20.5%)
  2. Spaghetti Warehouse (18.2%)

Best Romantic Restaurant

  1. The Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop (15.1%)
  2. The Top Steak House (9.5%)

Best Comfort Food Restaurant

  1. Cap City Fine Diner (26.7%)
  2. Hot Chicken Takeover (13.7%)

Best Patio

  1. Lindey's (24.3%)
  2. Barcelona (16.4%)

Best Classic Bakery

  1. Resch's (27.8%)
  2. Schneider's (18.3%)

Best Modern Bakery

  1. Fox in the Snow Café (19.7%)
  2. Pistacia Vera (15.8%)

Best Doughnut

  1. Buckeye Donuts (24%)
  2. Duck Donuts (14.7%)

Best Chinese Restaurant

  1. Hunan Lion (14.8%)
  2. Hunan House (13.1%)

Best Korean Restaurant

  1. Gogi Korean BBQ (24.4%)
  2. Min-Ga Korean Restaurant (17.5%)

Best Sushi

  1. Akai Hana (21.5%)
  2. Mr. Sushi (13.3%)

Best Thai Restaurant

  1. Lemongrass (24.4%)
  2. Nida's Thai on High (17.8%)

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

  1. Buckeye Pho (28.8%)
  2. Indochine Café (16.5%)

Best Mexican Restaurant

  1. El Vaquero (22.2%)
  2. Los Guachos Taqueria (10%)

Best Tacos

  1. Condado Tacos (26.2%)
  2. Los Guachos Taqueria (15.2%)

Best Italian Restaurant

  1. Marcella's (13%)
  2. La Scala (8.7%)

Best Indian Restaurant

  1. Aab India (25%)
  2. Indian Oven (10.2%)

Best Himalayan/Nepalese Restaurant

  1. Momo Ghar (32.9%)
  2. Himalayan Grille (24.4%)

Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Restaurant

  1. Brassica (11.6%)
  2. Café Istanbul (10.9%)

Best African Restaurant

  1. Addis Restaurant (14.7%)
  2. African Paradise (13.9%)

Best Seafood

  1. Mitchell's Ocean Club (22.4%)
  2. Columbus Fish Market (21.4%)

Best Latin American Restaurant

  1. Arepazo (31.8%)
  2. Sí Señor (12.9%)

Best Steakhouse

  1. The Top Steak House (23.6%)
  2. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse (18.5%)

Best Diner

  1. Starliner Diner (16.4%)
  2. Tommy's Diner (14.9%)

Best Classic Pizza

  1. Massey's Pizza (22.2%)
  2. Tommy's Pizza (12.7%)

Best Gourmet Pizza

  1. Harvest Pizzeria (21.2%)
  2. Mellow Mushroom (15%)

Best Burger

  1. The Thurman Café (28.4%)
  2. Northstar Café (12.9%)

Best Spot for Plant-Based Dining

  1. Northstar Café (34.5%)
  2. Portia's Café (9.9%)

Best Wings

  1. Roosters (38.4%)
  2. Winking Lizard (9.2%)

Best Food Truck

  1. Junior's Tacos (10.5%)
  2. OH! Burgers (9.3%)

Best Barbecue

  1. City Barbeque (35.6%)
  2. Ray Ray's Hog Pit (22.1%)

Best Deli

  1. Katzinger's Deli (42%)
  2. Brown Bag Deli (15.5%)

Best Ice Cream

  1. Graeter's Ice Cream (31.4%)
  2. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (29.5%)

Best Desserts

  1. Pistacia Vera (23.1%)
  2. Cap City Fine Diner (20.7%)

Best Late-Night Eats

  1. Mikey's Late Night Slice (29.7%)
  2. Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace (17.4%)

Best Bar Food

  1. The Rusty Bucket

    Old Bag of Nails

    (Tie 14.5%)

  2. 101 Beer Kitchen (13%)

Best Happy Hour

  1. Lindey's (18.3%)
  2. Marcella's (16.6%)

Best Wine Bar

  1. Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant (18%)
  2. The Wine Bistro (14.9%)

Best Cocktails

  1. M at Miranova

    Watershed Kitchen & Bar

    (Tie 11.5%)

  2. Prohibition Gastro Lounge (9.3%)

Best Beer Selection

  1. 101 Beer Kitchen (14.5%)
  2. World of Beer (11.8%)

Best Sports Bar

  1. Roosters (30.9%)
  2. Eddie George's Grille 27 (15.7%)

Best Taproom

  1. BrewDog Franklinton (20.2%)
  2. Seventh Son Brewing Co. (17.2%)

Best LGBT Bar/Club

  1. Union Café (26.1%)
  2. Axis (14.4%)

Best Concert Venue

  1. Ohio Theatre (13.4%)
  2. Nationwide Arena (12.7%)

Best Bar for Music

  1. Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music (23.7%)
  2. Woodlands Tavern (17.9%)

Best Local Band

  1. Twenty One Pilots (33.8%)
  2. MojoFlo (13.8%)

Best Local Musician

  1. Bobby Floyd (25.5%)
  2. RJD2 (11.3%)

Best Bowling Alley

  1. Ten Pin Alley (24.1%)
  2. Columbus Square Bowling Palace (22.5%)

Best Movie Theater

  1. AMC Easton Town Center 30 (19.1%)
  2. Marcus Crosswoods Cinema (17.6%)

Best Place for a Kid's Birthday Party

  1. Magic Mountain (17%)
  2. Sky Zone (14%)

Best Festival

  1. Columbus Arts Festival (18.2%)
  2. Dublin Irish Festival (11.5%)

Best Parade

  1. Doo Dah (34.1%)
  2. Upper Arlington Fourth of July (19.3%)

Best Place to TakeOut-of-Towners

  1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (20.8%)
  2. Short North (15.7%)

Best Farmers Market

  1. Worthington (29.2%)
  2. North Market (26.4%)

Best Park

  1. Highbanks Metro Park (13.2%)
  2. Columbus Park of Roses (11.2%)

Best Museum

  1. Columbus Museum of Art (31.8%)
  2. COSI (30.7%)

Best Gallery

  1. Hawk Galleries (12.3%)
  2. Studios on High Gallery (11.4%)

Best Public Art

  1. “Short North Gothic,” Short North (15.3%)
  2. “Field of Corn,” Dublin (15.1%)

Best Running, Walking or Biking Event

  1. Pelotonia (29.5%)
  2. Nationwide Children's Hospital Marathon & Half-Marathon (18.9%)

Best Yoga Studio

  1. Yoga on High (19.7%)
  2. GoYoga (10.2%)

Best Fitness Studio

  1. Orangetheory Fitness (23.3%)
  2. Pure Barre (8.5%)

Best Gym

  1. Planet Fitness (16.9%)
  2. YMCA (14.2%)

Best Spa

  1. Penzone Salons + Spas (27.4%)
  2. Woodhouse Day Spa (17%)

Best Hair Salon

  1. Penzone Salons + Spas (24.2%)
  2. Akada

    Salon Lofts

    (Tie 13.7%)

Best Beer Shop

  1. Giant Eagle Market District (20.4%)
  2. Weiland's Market (15.4%)

Best Wine Shop

  1. Weiland's Market (19.4%)
  2. The Twisted Vine (12%)

Best Florist

  1. DeSantis Florist (18.5%)
  2. Petals + Leaves (8.3%)

Best Grocery Store

  1. Trader Joe's (18.2%)
  2. Giant Eagle Market District (14.5%)

Best Place for Women's Fashions

  1. Nordstrom (24.4%)
  2. Cheesecake Boutique (20.6%)

Best Place for Men's Fashions

  1. Nordstrom (24.4%)
  2. Jeffrey Thomas (20.6%)

Best Place for Children's Clothing

  1. Von Maur (23.6%)
  2. Cub Shrub (21.2%)

Best Place to Buy Jewelry

  1. Diamond Cellar (23.1%)
  2. Worthington Jewelers (14.7%)

Best Bike Shop

  1. Roll (23.3%)
  2. Trek Bicycle (20.2%)

Best Place for Home Décor

  1. Elliott Cooper (56.6%)
  2. Elm & Iron (12.6%)

Best Place for Last-Minute Gifts

  1. Elliott Cooper (65%)
  2. Museum Store at Columbus Museum of Art (5.9%)

Best Hardware Store

  1. Roush Hardware (26.5%)
  2. Zettler Hardware (26%)

Best Garden Center

  1. Oakland Nursery (47.3%)
  2. Strader's Garden Center (23.7%)

Best Furniture Resale Shop

  1. ReVue/Grandview Mercantile (34.2%)
  2. One More Time, Etc. (21.7%)

Best Clothing Resale Shop

  1. One More Time (27.6%)
  2. Second Chance (23.7%)

Best Place for Ohio-Made Stuff

  1. Homage (34%)
  2. Celebrate Local (17.9%)

Best Store for Housewares

  1. Crate and Barrel (30.4%)
  2. Sur La Table (21.2%)

Best Crew Player

  1. Wil Trapp (23.4%)
  2. Zack Steffen (20.6%)

Best Buckeyes Football Player

  1. J.K. Dobbins (41.6%)
  2. Chase Young (13.7%)

Best Blue Jackets Player

  1. Sergei Bobrovsky (22.1%)
  2. Nick Foligno (15.2%)

Best Radio Station

  1. WNCI 97.9 (14.8%)
  2. 92.3 WCOL (12.9%)

Best Chef

  1. Richard Blondin, The Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop (16.9%)
  2. Rick Lopez, La Tavola (12.6%)

Best Male TV Anchor

  1. Jerry Revish, 10TV (24.7%)
  2. Matt Barnes, NBC4 (20%)

Best Female TV Anchor

  1. Yolanda Harris, 10TV (26.3%)
  2. Colleen Marshall, NBC4 (23.1%)

Best Weatherperson

  1. Mike Davis, 10TV (19.2%)
  2. Jym Ganahl, ABC6/FOX28 (15.3%)

Best Talk Radio Personality

  1. Ann Fisher, 89.7 WOSU (38.9%)
  2. Mike Ricordati “The Common Man,” 97.1 The Fan (28.7%)

Best Radio Morning Show

  1. Dave and Jimmy, 97.1 WNCI (23.1%)
  2. Woody & The Wake-Up Call, 92.3 WCOL (18.2%)

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