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    Best New Restaurant of 2012: TILL Dynamic Fare

    Published on December 22, 2012 6:30 pm

    By: Walker

    It’s always tough to pick just one new restaurant as the best of the year, but collectively our readers have proved themselves with a fairly solid track record over the past five years by singling out some of the best places to dine.

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    Best Fashion Store of 2012: Tigertree
    Published on December 23, 2012 10:15 am
    By: Walker

    For the second year in a row, Tigertree has topped our annual reader survey as the best fashion/apparel store in Columbus. This Short North boutique celebrated five years in 2012, having quickly grown in popularity and in size (now in their third location, each larger than the last).

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    Best Nonprofit or Charity of 2012: The Mid-Ohio Foodbank
    Published on December 24, 2012 10:20 am
    By: Walker

    For the second year since introducing the category, The Mid-Ohio Foodbank has won our readers’ votes as the best nonprofit or charity in Columbus. The Foodbank provides hunger relief to Central Ohioans and collaborates with over 500 other food pantries, kitchens and shelters to distribute food to those in need.

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    Best Locally Made Product of 2012: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
    Published on December 24, 2012 12:00 pm
    By: Walker

    For the second year in a row, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams topped the list of our readers’ favorite locally made products. Utilizing Snowville Creamery Milk and as many seasonal products from Ohio as possible, Jeni’s represents a commitment to quality and a commitment to the community.

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    Best Coffee of 2012: Stauf’s Coffee Roasters
    Published on December 26, 2012 7:00 am
    By: Walker

    One new category that we added for our Readers’ Survey in 2012 is Best Coffee. And we felt justified in introducing it this year since several new cafes and roasteries opened this year, including Mission, Hemisphere Mobile Coffee Cart, Grandview Grind and One Line, just to name a few.

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    Best Everyday Restaurant of 2012: Northstar Cafe
    Published on December 26, 2012 10:45 am
    By: Walker

    An “everyday restaurant” is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an establishment where you could potentially go every day of the week and not get bored. The menu has to be delicious, the prices reasonable and the consistency a quality that brings you back often.

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    Best Neighborhood of 2012: The Short North
    Published on December 26, 2012 3:00 pm
    By: Walker

    It should come as little surprise that locals enjoy The Short North. For five years straight, this vibrant retail strip has topped our list of Best Columbus Neighborhoods, as selected by our readers and voters.

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    Best Cheap Eats of 2012: Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace
    Published on December 27, 2012 8:00 am
    By: Walker

    Since opening in 2009, Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace has dominated in the category of “Cheap Eats” in our annual readers’ survey. With most of their hot dogs priced in the $3 to $3.50 range and sides around $2 to $4, it’s really easy to leave Dirty Frank’s with a full belly without breaking the bank. And with bar specials that includes cheap cocktails, slushies and draft beers, you can drink on a dime here too.

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    Best Home Decor Store of 2012: Grandview Mercantile
    Published on December 27, 2012 10:30 am
    By: Walker

    The options for shopping local for home decor items continued to grow at a rapid pace in 2012. This year saw the opening of Tomorrow’s Antiques, Flora Home & Garden, Keen’s Furniture Loft and Aesthetic, just to name a few.

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    Best Community Ambassador of 2012: Mayor Michael Coleman
    Published on December 27, 2012 3:55 pm
    By: Walker

    In 2012, Mayor Coleman helped lead the charge to celebrate 200 years of Columbus, and politically stuck close to many of the basic quality of life issues including blight demolition, curbside recycling, street repairs and education reform. Oh, and he also mentioned once or twice that Columbus should have more swagger too.

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    Best Happy Hour of 2012: Bodega
    Published on December 27, 2012 5:25 pm
    By: Walker

    For four years running, Bodega has topped our readers’ survey category of Best Happy Hour. With over 50 craft beers on tap, over 100 bottled beers, and an inventive menu produced by Chef Marcus Meacham, Bodega’s happy hours offer something that just about anyone can enjoy.

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    Best Bar of 2012: The St. James Tavern
    Published on December 27, 2012 8:00 pm
    By: Walker

    The St. James Tavern has pulled off a hat trick, landing the title of Best Bar in Columbus for three years running in our annual readers’ survey. While the SJT could potentially written off as a neighborhood bar specific to the Italian Village neighborhood, it’s become known as a bit of a go-to place for those looking to hang out with friends in the Short North vicinity without the bustle and crowding of meeting somewhere on High Street proper. Additionally, St. James lures in customers with the use of weekly food truck specials that get parked outside and offer dine-in shelter inside the bar.

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    Best Local Band of 2012: MojoFlo
    Published on December 27, 2012 11:45 pm
    By: Walker

    The category of best band in Columbus is one of the most dynamic, with our readers selecting a different musical act to take the top spot each year. And 2012 belonged to MojoFlo, a neo-funk septet that blends elements of soul, jazz, hip hop and rock into their performances featuring the sultry Amber Knicole on lead vocals.

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    Best Food Cart/Truck of 2012: That Food Truck
    Published on December 28, 2012 8:00 am
    By: Walker

    The Food Truck craze showed no signs of slowing in 2012. If anything, food trucks and food carts have become second nature to many Columbus locals, who find them at food pods, parked outside of popular bars, and at any number of summer festivals large and small.

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    Best Arts/Cultural Organization of 2012: Wild Goose Creative
    Published on December 28, 2012 12:45 pm
    By: Walker

    For three years running, Wild Goose Creative has taken the top spot in our readers survey as best arts/cultural organization in Columbus. Located at 2491 Summit Street, this venue hosts a wide variety of events ranging from musical performances to art gallery exhibitions to cooking classes and more.

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/best-artscultural-organization-of-2012-wild-goose-creative

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