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BEST OF ROCHESTER '09: Readers' Choice

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FOOD & DRINK

Best Pizza Joint

Pontillo's Many area locations, pontillospizza.com

Best Burger Joint

Bill Gray's Many area locations, billgrays.com

Best Barbecue Joint

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 99 Court St. 325-7090

Best Place for Breakfast

Jines Restaurant 658 Park Ave. 461-1280

Best Meal After1 a.m.

Jay's Diner 2612 W Henrietta Rd. 424-3710

Best Dessert

Abbott's Frozen Custard Many area locations, abbottscustard.com

Best Fish Fry

Jeremiah's Tavern 1104 Monroe Ave. 461-1313

Best Wings

Jeremiah's Tavern 1104 Monroe Ave. 461-1313

Best New Restaurant

Pier 45 1000 N River St. 865-4500

Best Established Restaurant

Hogans Hideaway 197 Park Ave. 442-4293

Best Romantic Restaurant

2 Vine 24 WinthropSt. 454-6020

Best Asian Restaurant

King & I 1455 E. Henrietta Rd. 427-8090

Best Italian Restaurant

Mr. Dominic's 4699 Lake Ave. 865-4630

Best Mexican Restaurant

Salena's 302 N. Goodman St. 256-5980

Best Greek Restaurant

Aladdin's Natural Eatery 646 Monroe Ave. 442-5000 | 8 Schoen Pl. 264-9000

Best Sandwich Shop

DiBella's Many area locations, dibellas.com

Best Restaurant For Kids

Bill Gray's Many area locations, billgrays.com

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians

Aladdin's Natural Eatery 646 Monroe Ave. 442-5000 | 8 Schoen Pl. 264-9000

Best Bakery

Savoia Pastry Shoppe 2267 Clifford Ave. 482-1130

Best Coffee Shop

Java's Café 16 Gibbs St. 232-4820

Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying

Black & Blue 3349 Monroe Ave. 421-8111

Best Meal for Under $10

Aladdin's Natural Eatery 646 Monroe Ave. 442-5000 | 8 Schoen Pl. 264-9000

Best Outdoor Dining

Aladdin's Natural Eatery 646 Monroe Ave. 442-5000 | 8 Schoen Pl. 264-9000

Best Beer List

Tap & Mallet 381 Gregory St. 473-0503

Best Wine List

Tastings 3195 Monroe Ave. 381-1881

Best Cocktail Selection

Tapas 177 177 St. PaulSt. 262-2090

Best Regional Winery

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars

Hottest Waitstaff

The Old Toad 277 Alexander St. 232-2626

SHOPPING

Best Jewelry Store

Mann's Jewelers 2945 Monroe Ave. 271-4000

Best Gift Shop

Parkleigh 215 Park Ave. 244-4842

Best Car Dealership

Dorschel Automotive Many area locations, thedorscheldifference.com

Best Auto Repair Shop

East Ave Auto 1656 East Ave. 271-7610

Best Place for Cheap Gas

Delta Sonic Many area locations, deltasoniccarwash.com

Best Bike Shop

Park Ave Bike Shop 2900 Monroe Ave. 381-3080 | 600 Jay Scutti Blvd. 427-2110 | 8051 Route 96, Victor. 425-1501

Best Florist

Arena's 260 East Ave. 454-3720

Best Farmers Market

Rochester Public Market 280 N Union St. 428-6907

Best Spa

Del Monte Lodge 41 N. Main St, Pittsford. 381-9900

Best Hair Salon

Scott Miller Salon & Spa 3340 Monroe Ave. 264-9940 | 980 Ridge Rd, Webster. 264-0620

Best Nail Salon

Scott Miller Salon & Spa 3340 Monroe Ave. 264-9940 | 980 Ridge Rd, Webster. 264-0620

Best Clothing Store

Thread 654 South Ave. 232-7110

Best Shoe Store

A Step Apart 235 Park Ave. 241-3110

Best Tattoo Parlor

Love Hate 217 Alexander St. 262-6440

Best Piercing Parlor

Physical Graffiti 374 1/2 W Ridge Rd. 262-4444

Best Liquor Store

Marketview Liquor 1100 Jefferson Rd. 427-2480

Best Furniture Store

Charlotte Furniture/Appliance 3200 Lake Ave. 663-5050

Best Place to Buy Used CDs/DVDs

Record Archive 33 Rockwood St. 244-1210

Best Musical Equipment Shop

Sound Source 161 Norris Dr. 271-5370

Best Adult Bookstore

Show World 1167 Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Rd. 424-2580 | 1765 Mt. Read Blvd. 254-0600

MEDIA

Best Local Morning Radio Show

Breakfast Buzz w/Kimberly and Beck (WBZA)

Best Radio Personality (Male)

Brother Wease (WXFX)

Best Radio Personality (Female)

Jennifer V (WBER)

Best Radio Station

WRUR/WXXI

Best Reliable Weatherperson

Glenn Johnson (Ch 13)

Best Local TV News Station

WHAM (Ch 13)

Best TV News Reporter (Male)

Don Alhart (Ch 13)

Best TV News Reporter (Female)

Ginny Ryan (Ch 13)

Local News Story of 2009

Officer DiPonzio shooting

LOCAL COLOR

Best Politician

Robert Duffy

Best Neighborhood/Town

Park Ave

Best University/College

University of Rochester

BestPark

Highland Park

Best Public Art

MemorialArtGallery500 University Ave. 276-8900

Best Public Bathroom

Wegmans Many area locations, wegmans.com

Best Local Getaway

Finger Lakes

Best Scenic Route

Erie Canal

Best Local Company

Wegmans Many area locations, wegmans.com

Best Local Scandal

Greece Police Department

SPORTS & REC

Best Local Sports Team

Rochester Red Wings

Best Local Athlete

Abby Wambach

Best Gym

Rochester Athletic Club Many area locations, rochesterathletic.com

Best Running Race

Lilac 10K

Best Hiking Spot

LetchworthState Park

Best Playground

HenriettaTownPark

BestBeach

Charlotte

Best Bike Path

Erie Canal

Best Regional Campground

LetchworthState Park

Best Yoga Studio

Breathe Yoga 19 S Main St, Pittsford. 248-9070

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Best Original Band

Uncle Plum

Best Cover Band

The Skycoasters

Best Solo Musician

Julia Nunes

Best Live Music Venue

WaterStreetMusic Hall204 N. Water St. 546-3887

Best Local DJ

DJ Jon Herbert

Best Music Concert of 2009

Rochester International Jazz Fest

Best Local Album of 2009

Lobster Quadrille "Lobster Quadrille"

Best Theater Production of 2009

"Jersey Boys" (RBTL)

Best Art Gallery/Museum

MemorialArtGallery500 University Ave. 276-8900

Best Art Exhibit of 2009

"Rochester-FingerLakes Exhibition" (MAG)

Best Local Artist

Mark Groaning

Best Movie Theater

The Little 240 East Ave. 232-3906

Best Festival

Lilac Festival

Best Drag Queen

Pandora Boxx

Best Kids Entertainment

StrongNationalMuseum of Play 1 Manhattan Square Dr. 263-2700

NIGHTLIFE

Best Straight Bar

Lux Lounge 666 South Ave. 232-9030

BestGayBar

Tilt 444 Central Ave. 232-8440

Best Nightclub

Tilt 444 Central Ave. 232-8440

Best Strip Club

Klassy Cat 3800 W. Henrietta Rd. 359-8639

Best Happy Hour

Lux Lounge 666 South Ave. 232-9030

Best New Bar

Murphy's Law 370 East Ave. 232-7115

Best Place to Pick Up a One-Night Stand

East & Alexander

Best Bartender

Phillip Rawleigh (Lux)

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