Parents know best what's best about Columbus.

Parents know best what's best about Columbus. This year, our 4th annual Best of Columbus contest featured 75 categories, asking you for your opinions about everything from food and clothes to festivals and playgrounds.

A few notes on how we conduct the contest: Our online ballot featured worthy nominees in each category (culled from staff picks and write-in votes from the previous year). If a nominee from a previous year received less than 5 percent of the vote in that category, the nominee was removed from the ballot (but obviously could still be written in).

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.

This year we are publishing not only our winners and next two runners-up, but we also are giving a Honorable Mention shout-out to other candidates who received at least 5 percent of the vote in that category (and they're listed in alphabetical order). We're listing as many candidates as possible because we've learned families use these results to help them find interesting things to do, places to go and businesses on which to spend their hard-earned dollars.

Now read on and enjoy the 2014 Best of Columbus!

FOOD

BEST ASIAN-FOOD RESTAURANT

BEST BAKERY

BEST BREAKFAST-FOOD RESTAURANT

BEST DINER

BEST FANCY FAMILY DINING

BEST GLUTEN-FREE MENU

BEST GROCERY STORE

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

BEST LATIN FOOD RESTAURANT

BEST PIZZA (DELIVERY/TAKE-OUT)

BEST PIZZA (RESTAURANT)

BEST RESTAURANT WITH GAMES AND ACTIVITIES

BEST CHICKEN FINGERS

BEST CUPCAKE

BEST FROZEN YOGURT

BEST HAMBURGER AND FRIES

BEST HOT DOG

BEST ICE CREAM

BEST MAC 'N CHEESE

BEST MILKSHAKE

BEST PANCAKES


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 ART STUDIO (PRE-REGISTERED CLASSES)

BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE

BEST BOWLING

BEST CHILDREN'S THEATER

BEST CHRISTMAS TREE DESTINATION

BEST COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

BEST DANCE STUDIO

BEST DROP-IN ART STUDIO

BEST FARMERS' MARKET

BEST GYMNASTICS

BEST INDOOR MALL PLAY AREA

BEST MINIATURE GOLF

BEST MOVIE THEATER

BEST MUSEUM

BEST MUSIC STUDIO/PROGRAM

BEST PICK-YOUR-OWN PRODUCE DESTINATION

BEST PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWN VISITORS

BEST PLAY CAFÉ

BEST RECREATION CENTER

BEST SPECTATOR SPORTS

BEST WATER PARK IN CENTRAL OHIO

SPECIAL EVENTS

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

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