Best of Columbus 2015 Readers' Poll

Justin McIntosh, Columbus Alive

Though undoubtedly unscientific, you'd be hard-pressed to dismiss Alive's readers' poll as meaningless, particularly since it's easily the largest of its kind in the city.

This year a whopping 17,600 people voted in the Best of Columbus poll (a new record!), totaling 680,317 votes in all. This year, you picked everything from the best new restaurant (Hot Chicken Takeover, duh) to best new bar (Hofbrauhaus). Jack Hanna won Best Face of Columbus (one of many new categories this year), while several neighborhood bars and restaurants laid claim to being the best of their burgs. There were races with decisive winners, and others with top finishers separated by mere votes. There were upsets and incumbents holding firm.

As they say in politics, if you don't vote you can't complain. Read on for the rest of your favorites.

Words by Abernathy Miller, Andy Downing, Jesse Tigges, Brad Keefe, G.A. Benton, Nicholas Dekker, Elizabeth Weinstein, Matthew Lovett and Brittany Gibson

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