Every year, we ask our readers to nominate and vote on who’s the Best Of Columbia. These are the results.

Unlike some other Best Of contests, this is a true readers’ poll; advertising, lobbying, pleading, etc. don’t influence the outcome of the voting.

We’ve listed the winners, the runners-up — and, where applicable, the third and fourth place finishers in the form of Honorable Mentions.

And as usual, our editorial staff also offers up some hot takes on who got overlooked in the form of Writers’ Picks. What can we say — we have opinions.

For our regular weekly coverage of news, opinion, food and drink, arts, music, the crime blotter and more, visit free-times.com.

Congratulations to all who won, and thanks for reading. — Eva Moore

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