Columbus Monthly’s Best of Columbus 2022: Readers’ Poll

We asked, and you answered. Here are 98 top picks from Columbus Monthly readers, from barbecue and breakfast to fashion and furniture.

Columbus Monthly staff
Fukuryu Ramen is this year's Best Ramen winner. Pictured: Red Dragon Ramen

We asked, and you answered. Here are 98 top picks from Columbus Monthly readers, from barbecue and breakfast to fashion and furniture.

FOOD & DRINK

Best African Restaurant

1. Hoyo’s Kitchen 32.74%

2. Afra Grill 11.95%

2. Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant 11.95%

Best Bar Food

1. 101 Beer Kitchen 12.72%

2. The Old Mohawk 12.50%

3. The Old Bag of Nails 10.99%

Best Barbecue

1. Ray Ray’s Hog Pit 37.06%

2. City Barbeque 28.82%

3. The Pit BBQ Grille 5.49%

Related:Best New Restaurants 2022: Ray Ray's Meat + Three

Best Beer Selection

1. Studio 35 14.50%

2. 101 Beer Kitchen 11.54%

3. The Daily Growler 11.24%

Best Breakfast

1. Katalina’s 10.21%

2. DK Diner 9.64%

3. First Watch 8.32%

This year's Best Breakfast winner is Katalina's. Pictured: Mazatlan slow-roasted pork and egg sandwich (back) and breakfast tacos

Best Brunch

1. Northstar Café 20.58%

2. Lindey’s 15.49%

3. Skillet 13.50%

Best Burger

1. The Thurman Café 24.67%

2. Preston’s: A Burger Joint 10.84%

3. Street Thyme 10.28%

Best Butcher Shop

1. Carfagna’s Market 34.81%

2. The Butcher & Grocer 22.39%

3. The Hungarian Butcher 21.51%

Best Chinese Restaurant

1. Hunan Lion 22.65%

2. Sunflower Chinese Restaurant 13.81%

3. Ty Ginger Asian Bistro 8.29%

Best Classic Bakery

1. Resch’s Bakery 28.29%

2. Mozart’s 14.69%

3. Schneider’s Bakery 12.96%

Best Classic Pizza

1. Massey’s 22.91%

2. Tommy’s Pizza 9.98%

3. Mikey’s Late Night Slice 9.17%

Best Cocktails

1. Watershed Kitchen & Bar 12.91%

2. High Bank Distillery 11.26%

3. Law Bird 10.16%

Related:Law Bird Among 10 Best New Cocktail Bars in U.S.

Best Coffee Shop

1. Stauf’s Coffee Roasters 26.32%

2. Fox in the Snow Café 22.37%

3. Crimson Cup Coffee 8.55%

Best Deli

1. Katzinger’s Delicatessen 40.53%

2. The Brown Bag Delicatessen 21.83%

3. Block’s Bagels Bakery & Deli 16.04%

Related:25 of the Best Sandwiches in Columbus

Best Desserts

1. Pistacia Vera 23.33%

2. Cap City Fine Diner 14.22%

3. Bake Me Happy 10.00%

Best Diner

1. Starliner Diner 19.59%

2. DK Diner 15.03%

3. Tommy’s Diner 13.90%

Best Doughnut

1. Buckeye Donuts 24.95%

2. Resch’s Bakery 13.32%

3. DK Diner 9.94%

Best Fast-Casual

1. Brassica 24.73%

2. Piada Italian Street Food 17.72%

3. Bibibop 15.75%

Best Food Truck

1. Ray Ray’s Hog Pit 21.15%

2. Street Thyme 15.60%

3. Cousins Maine Lobster 11.97%

Best Fried Chicken

1. Hot Chicken Takeover 46.53%

2. Modern Southern Table 14.14%

3. The Eagle 10.03%

Best Gourmet Pizza

1. Harvest Pizzeria 22.89%

2. Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza 14.89%

3. Dewey’s 11.11%

Best Happy Hour

1. Kitchen Social 11.32%

2. Lindey’s 11.01%

3. The Pearl 10.38%

Best Hot Dogs

1. Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace 48.13%

2. Tasty Dawg 27.80%

3. Village Coney 8.64%

Best Ice Cream

1. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams 30.89%

2. Graeter’s Ice Cream 30.70%

3. Johnson’s Real Ice Cream 10.92%

Best Indian Restaurant

1. Aab India 31.21%

2. Indian Oven 11.41%

3. Rooh 10.07%

Best Italian Restaurant

1. Basi Italia 10.71%

2. Marcella’s 9.64%

3. Villa Nova 8.78%

Best Kids Menu

1. Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern 17.80%

2. Cap City Fine Diner 16.95%

3. Spaghetti Warehouse 14.83% (Note the restaurant remains closed in late July due to a roof collapse)

Best Korean Restaurant

1. Gogi Korean BBQ 30.60%

2. Min-Ga Korean Restaurant 18.03%

3. Restaurant Silla 14.75%

Best Latin American Restaurant

1. Arepazo 50.72%

2. Sidebar 11.96%

3. Sí Señor Peruvian Sandwiches & More 11.59%

Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Restaurant

1. Lavash Café 18.75%

2. Aladdin’s Eatery 12.76%

3. Mazah Mediterranean Eatery 10.68%

Best Mexican Restaurant

1. El Vaquero 26.18%

2. Los Guachos 18.70%

3. Cuco’s Taqueria 11.72%

Best Patio

1. Lindey’s 21.39%

2. Barcelona 18.81%

3. Milestone 229 9.02%

Best Ramen

1. Fukuryu Ramen 25.33%

2. Meshikou Ramen 15.72%

3. Ampersand Asian Supper Club 13.97%

3. Slurping Turtle 13.97%

Best Romantic Restaurant

1. The Refectory 16.98%

2. Lindey’s 14.02%

3. Basi Italia 10.51%

Best Rooftop Patio

1. Lincoln Social Rooftop 16.50%

1. Vaso 16.50%

3. Budd Dairy Food Hall 12.30%

Best Sandwiches

1. Katzinger’s Delicatessen 33.08%

2. The Brown Bag Delicatessen 16.41%

3. Wario’s Beef and Pork 12.63%

Best Seafood

1. Mitchell’s Ocean Club 22.87%

2. Columbus Fish Market 15.25%

3. Windward Passage 12.32%

Best Southern/Soul Food Restaurant

1. Modern Southern Table 33.82%

2. Creole Kitchen 25.49%

3. Way Down Yonder New Orleans Finest Restaurant 19.61%

Best Sports Bar

1. Roosters 27.99%

2. Gallo’s Tap Room 15.67%

3. Winking Lizard 11.57%

Best Spot for Plant-Based Dining

1. Northstar Café 32.14%

2. Comune 25.00%

3. Portia’s Café 10.36% (Portia’s announced it would close on July 30.)

Best Steakhouse

1. The Top Steak House 30.79%

2. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse 18.53%

3. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse 11.17%

Best Sushi

1. Akai Hana 37.09%

2. Mr. Sushi 10.91%

3. Sushi Ten 7.27%

Best Tacos

1. Condado Tacos 29.41%

2. Los Guachos 22.65%

3. Dos Hermanos 11.18%

Best Thai Restaurant

1. Lemongrass 21.01%

2. Nida’s Thai on High 18.49%

3. Basil 16.81%

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

1. Lan Viet Market 29.59%

2. Buckeye Pho 26.04%

3. Huong Vietnamese Restaurant 19.53%

Best Wine Bar

1. The Wine Bistro 15.66%

2. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 13.65%

3. Hausfrau Haven 10.44%

Best Wings

1. Roosters 43.93%

2. Barley’s Brewing Co. 7.87%

3. Gallo’s Tap Room 6.89%

Best Himalayan/Nepalese Restaurant

1. Momo Ghar 56.91%

2. Everest Cuisine 19.34%

3. Namaste Indo Nepali Cuisine 10.50%

Best Modern Bakery

1. Pistacia Vera 24.44%

2. Fox in the Snow Café 20.79%

3. Pattycake Bakery 12.92%

Best Taproom

1. Seventh Son Brewing 15.92%

2. Land-Grant Brewing 13.84%

3. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing 13.15%

OUT & ABOUT

Best Bar for Music

1. Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music 20.82%

2. Natalie’s Grandview Music Hall & Kitchen 13.01%

3. Ace of Cups 12.64%

Related:Best of Columbus | Natalie's Meets the Moment

Best Beer Shop

1. Weiland’s Market 27.16%

2. Savor Growl 12.07%

3. Giant Eagle Market District 11.21%

Best Bike Shop

1. Roll 27.07%

2. Paradise Garage 17.13%

3. Beechwold Bicycles 16.02%

Best Bowling Alley

1. Pins Mechanical Co. 27.49%

2. AMF Sawmill Lanes 16.11%

2. Columbus Square Bowling Palace 16.11%

Best Clothing Resale Shop

1. Rag-o-Rama 26.98%

2. Second Chance Consignment Boutique 19.53%

3. One More Time 18.14%

Best Concert Venue

1. Newport Music Hall 14.52%

2. Columbus Commons 10.97%

3. Ohio Theatre 9.68%

Best DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area)

1. Dublin 23.40%

2. Arena District 20.00%

3. Gahanna 11.32%

3. Westerville 11.32%

Best Farmers Market

1. Worthington 33.02%

2. Clintonville 21.70%

3. North Market 15.09%

Best Festival

1. Columbus Arts Festival 22.83%

2. ComFest 16.58%

3. Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival 12.50%

Best Fitness Studio

1. Cycle 614 31.12%

2. Orangetheory Fitness 12.24%

3. 614Fitness 6.63%

3. Title Boxing Club 6.63%

Best Furniture Resale Shop

1. Grandview Mercantile 50.51%

2. One More Time, Etc. 15.15%

3. Flower Child Vintage 10.61%

Best Gallery

1. Studios on High Gallery 15.22%

2. Hawk Galleries 11.96%

3. Vanderelli Room 11.41%

Best Garden Center

1. Oakland Nursery 44.44%

2. Strader’s Garden Center 23.08%

3. Groovy Plants Ranch 11.40%

Best Grocery Store

1. Weiland’s Market 19.01%

2. Trader Joe’s 16.15%

3. Giant Eagle Market District 14.84%

Best Gym

1. Planet Fitness 26.37%

2. Life Time Fitness 14.84%

3. YMCA 13.74%

Best Hair Salon

1. Penzone Salons + Spas 27.92%

2. Akada 16.23%

3. Salon Elevation 10.82%

Related:Best of Columbus Weddings Winner: Penzone Salons + Spas

Best Hardware Store

1. Beechwold Hardware 27.90%

2. Zettler Hardware 19.93%

3. Roush Hardware 18.12%

3. Schreiner Ace Hardware 18.12%

Best LGBTQ Bar/Club

1. Union Café 31.72%

2. Slammers 22.07%

3. Club Diversity 9.66%

Best Local Band

1. MojoFlo 22.44%

2. Caamp 17.56%

3. Hoodoo Soul Band 11.22%

Related:Best of Columbus Weddings 2021 Winner: MojoFlo

Best Local Musician

1. Bobby Floyd 27.03%

2. Counterfeit Madison 19.46%

3. Angela Perley 14.59%

Best Movie Theater

1. Gateway Film Center 17.51%

2. The Drexel Theatre 16.50%

3. Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse 16.16%

Best Museum

1. Columbus Museum of Art 48.97%

2. COSI 25.81%

3. Ohio History Center 9.38%

Best Park

1. Highbanks Metro Park 17.05%

2. Columbus Park of Roses 15.91%

3. Inniswood Metro Gardens 11.36%

Best Place for Children’s Clothing

1. Jeffrey Thomas 53.59%

2. Cub Shrub 21.94%

3. Von Maur 12.66%

Best Place for Home Décor

1. Elm & Iron 33.33%

2. Grandview Mercantile 26.46%

3. Trove Warehouse 11.11%

Best Place for Last-Minute Gifts

1. Wild Cat Gift and Party 16.79%

2. Global Gifts 12.31%

2. Helen Winnemore’s 12.31%

Best Place for Men’s Fashions

1. Jeffrey Thomas 65.81%

2. Samson Men’s Emporium 12.13%

3. Pursuit 8.82%

Best Place for Ohio-Made Stuff

1. Homage 45.41%

2. Celebrate Local 19.21%

3. Wild Cat Gift and Party 17.03%

Best Place for Women’s Fashions

1. Jeffrey Thomas 45.54%

2. Nordstrom 13.54%

3. Von Maur 8.31%

Best Place to Buy Jewelry

1. Worthington Jewelers 21.17%

2. Diamond Cellar 20.72%

3. Argo & Lehne Jewelers 10.36%

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 21.57%

2. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden 15.99%

3. German Village 15.48%

Best Public Art

1. Short North Gothic, Short North 20.42%

2. Goodale Park elephant fountain 18.33%

3. Scioto Lounge deer sculptures 17.08%

Best Spa

1. Penzone Salons + Spas 38.14%

2. The Woodhouse Day Spa 25.58%

3. The Spa at River Ridge 9.30%

Best Store for Housewares

1. Crate & Barrel 36.82%

2. Sur La Table 23.38%

3. Wasserstrom 16.42%

Best Wine Shop

1. Weiland’s Market 28.31%

2. Hausfrau Haven 15.07%

3. The Twisted Vine 10.96%

Best Yoga Studio

1. Yoga on High 29.77%

2. GoYoga 14.50%

3. Give Yoga 7.63%

3. Harbor Yoga Studio 7.63%

3. Modo Yoga 7.63%

Best Florist

1. 5th Ave. Floral Co. 15.82%

2. DeSantis Florists 13.56%

3. Rose Bredl Flowers & Garden 9.60%

Best Running/Walking or Biking Event

1. Pelotonia 33.33%

2. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon & Half Marathon 21.21%

3. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 14.65%

PEOPLE

Best Blue Jackets Player

1. Boone Jenner 29.86%

2. Elvis Merzlikins 17.36%

3. Jack Roslovic 11.11%

Best Buckeyes Football Player

1. C.J. Stroud 61.32%

2. Jaxon Smith-Njigba 21.70%

3. TreVeyon Henderson 10.38%

Best Chef

1. Laura Lee, Ajumama Food Truck 19.57%

2. Richard Blondin, The Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop 13.41%

3. BJ Lieberman, Chapman’s Eat Market 12.32%

Best Crew Player

1. Lucas Zelarayan 31.78%

2. Pedro Santos 16.82%

3. Gyasi Zardes 14.95% (traded to the Colorado Rapids in April)

Best Female TV Anchor

1. Colleen Marshall, NBC4 27.05%

2. Yolanda Harris, 10TV 24.66%

3. Monica Day, NBC4 14.04%

Best Male TV Anchor

1. Matt Barnes, NBC4 36.48%

2. Kurt Ludlow, ABC6/FOX28 22.13%

3. Bob Kendrick, ABC6/FOX28 14.75%

Best Radio Morning Show

1. Dave and Jimmy, 97.9 WNCI 26.85%

2. Brian Phillips, CD92.9 21.76%

3. Dino Tripodis and Stacy McKay, Sunny 95 18.52%

Best Radio Station

1. 89.7 WOSU 19.02%

2. CD92.9 17.38%

3. 90.5 WCBE 12.79%

Best Talk Radio Personality

1. Ann Fisher, 89.7 WOSU 56.10%

2. Anthony Rothman, 97.1 The Fan 15.61%

3. Mike Ricordati “The Common Man,” 97.9 The Fan 14.63%

Best Weatherperson

1. Bob Nunnally, NBC4 18.56%

2. Dave Mazza, NBC4 17.18%

3. Ashlee Baracy, 10TV 13.40%

This story is from the July 2022 issue of Columbus Monthly.