Parents know best what's best about Columbus.

Parents know best what's best about Columbus. This year, our Best of Columbus contest featured 71 categories and attracted a record total of 5,363 votes.

Our online ballot featured worthy nominees in each category (culled from staff picks and write-in votes from the previous year). Votes were collected online during the months of June and July, then we tallied the votes and determined who our winners and runners-up were. The write-ups on our winners are the work of Jane Hawes, Heather Weekley, Evan Matsumoto, Shelley Mann and Melissa Kossler Dutton.

Maybe your favorite won or maybe you'll find a future favorite among our winners. And, thanks to a suggestion from the folks at Dewey's Pizza, we have posted our full ballot online here so you can come up with fresh ideas for places to go and things to do all year.

Now read on and enjoy the 2013 Best of Columbus!

FOOD

BEST ASIAN-FOOD RESTAURANT

BEST BAKERY

BEST BREAKFAST-FOOD RESTAURANT

BEST ORGANIC-FOOD RESTAURANT

BEST PANCAKES

BEST DESTINATION GROCERY SHOPPING

BEST DINER

BEST FANCY FAMILY DINING

BEST GLUTEN-FREE MENU

BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR

BEST LATIN FOOD RESTAURANT

BEST PIZZA (DELIVERY/TAKE-OUT)

BEST PIZZA (RESTAURANT)

BEST RESTAURANT WITH GAMES AND ACTIVITIES

BEST CHICKEN FINGERS

BEST CUPCAKE

BEST HAMBURGER AND FRIES

BEST HOT DOG

BEST MAC 'N CHEESE

BEST MILKSHAKE


CLOTHES

BEST MATERNITY CLOTHES

BEST NEW BABY CLOTHES

BEST NEW DRESS-UP CLOTHES

BEST NEW PLAY CLOTHES

SCHOOL UNIFORMS

BEST SHOES

BEST RESALE/CONSIGNMENT CLOTHES


STUFF TO BUY

BEST ART SUPPLIES

BEST BABY SHOWER GIFTS

BEST BOOK STORE

BEST EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS

BEST LOCALLY MADE GIFTS

BEST SPORTS EQUIPMENT

BEST TOYS AND GAMES


FAMILY-FOCUSED BUSINESS

BEST ARTS CENTER/STUDIO

BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE

BEST CHILDREN'S THEATER

BEST CHRISTMAS TREE DESTINATION

BEST DANCE STUDIO

BEST FARMERS' MARKET

BEST GYMNASTICS

BEST INDOOR MALL PLAY AREA

BEST MINIATURE GOLF

BEST MOMS' NIGHT OUT DESTINATION

BEST MOVIE THEATER

BEST MUSEUM

BEST MUSIC STUDIO/PROGRAM

BEST PICK-YOUR-OWN PRODUCE DESTINATION

BEST PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWN VISITORS

BEST PLAYDATE DESTINATION

BEST PLAY CAFÉ

BEST RECREATION CENTER

BEST SPECTATOR SPORTS

BEST WATER PARK IN CENTRAL OHIO


SPECIAL EVENTS

BEST FOOD FESTIVAL

BEST HERITAGE FESTIVAL

BEST HOLIDAY ONGOING DISPLAY

BEST HOLIDAY SINGLE-DAY EVENT

BEST SEASONAL FESTIVAL

BEST SHOPPING EVENT

LOW- OR NO-COST FAMILY FUN

BEST GARDEN PARK

BEST INDOOR PLAYGROUND

BEST LIBRARY CHILDREN'S AREA

BEST LIBRARY STORY TIMES

BEST NATURE PARK

BEST OUTDOOR MUNICIPAL POOL

BEST OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND

BEST SLEDDING HILL

BEST SPLASH PAD