Best of Columbus 2016

People often talk about the challenge of getting the citizenry out to the polls when it’s not a presidential election. Apparently this is not the case when best French fries is a category on the ballot.

People often talk about the challenge of getting the citizenry out to the polls when it’s not a presidential election. Apparently this is not the case when best French fries is a category on the ballot.

For Alive’s annual Best of Columbus issue we asked you to vote on your favorite bars, restaurants, garden supply shops, spas, barbershops, and on and on and on. And boy did you turn out — to the tune of 17,017 voters. For those of you who didn’t vote, believing a single ballot couldn’t make a difference: You were wrong. Dead wrong. In one category, a mere three votes separated the winner from a second place finish.

Now that the results have been tallied, read on to see the businesses you selected as tops in categories ranging from best new restaurant (take a bow, Brassica) to best city park (stop to smell the Park of Roses).

By Andy Downing, Jim Fischer, Justin McIntosh, Brad Keefe, Jillian Span Hofbauer, Chris Gaitten, Nicholas Dekker, Elizabeth Weinstein, Matthew Lovett and Amber Hage-Ali

Dining

Best of Columbus 2016 Readers' Poll

Nightlife

Best of Columbus 2016 Readers' Poll

Arts, Culture & Shopping

Best of Columbus 2016 Readers' Poll