Nida's was pitted against the immensely popular China Dynasty in this competitive category, but the Thai and sushi restaurant has a lot of supporters. Ask anyone in the city who has the best Pad Thai, and you'll likely hear "Nida's." There, that peanut-sprinkled dish features wide rice noodles cooked with egg in a not-overpowering, fairly light sauce. With fresh, tasty appetizers and perfectly rolled maki - plus some of the best cocktails in the Short North - it's a great place to grab a casual yet classy meal in the Short North.
Runners-up: China Dynasty (Arlington), China Dynasty 161