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BEST OF ROCHESTER '11: Readers' Choice



Best Pizza Slice

Pontillo's Pizzerias Many area locations; pontillospizza.com

Best Specialty Pizza

Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria 573 S. Clinton Ave. 232-8558 | 687 Moseley Road, Fairport. 223-5250 | napawoodfired.com

Best Gourmet Burger

The Gate House274 N. Goodman St. (in Village Gate). 473-2090. thegatehousecafe.com.

Best Ribs

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

Best Hots

Dogtown 691 Monroe Ave. 271-6620.dogtownhots.com.

Best Bar Food

The Distillery Many area locations; thedistillery.com.

Best Sandwich

DiBella's Old-Fashioned Submarines Many area locations; dibellas.com.

Best Breakfast Sandwich

South Wedge Diner 880 S. Clinton Ave. 271-3190. Southwedgediner.com.

Best Place for Brunch

Jines Restaurant 658 Park Ave. 461-1280. Jinesrestaurant.com.

Best Place for Take-Out

Wegmans Many area locations; wegmans.com.

Best Seafood

Palmer's Meat and Seafood Market 900 Jefferson Road. 424-3210. palmerfoods.com.

Best Egg Roll

Chen Garden 1750 Monroe Ave. 241-3070. chengarden.com.

Best Noodles

Aja Noodle Co. 42 Perinton Hills, Fairport. 477-7000 | 2602 Elmwood Ave. 244-1052 | ajanoodle.com.

Best Sushi

California Rollin' Sushi Bar 274 N. Goodman St. (in Village Gate). 271-8990 | Port of Rochester, 1000 N. River St. 271-8920 | californiarollin.com.

Best Buffet

Mario's 2740 Monroe Ave. 271-1111. mariosit.com.

Best Pasta

Pasta Villa 1313 E. Ridge Road. 266-2676. thepastavilla.com.

Best Nachos

Salena's Mexican Restaurant 302 N. Goodman St. (in Village Gate). 256-5980. salenas.com.

Best Taco

John's Tex-Mex Eatery 489 South Ave. 232-5830.

Best Vegetarian Options

Aladdin's Natural Eatery 646 Monroe Ave. 442-5000 | 280 Exchange Blvd. 319-3217 | 8 Schoen Place. 264-9000 | aladdinsonline.com.

Best Soup

Nathan's Soup and Salad 691 Park Ave. 461-3016 | 900 Jefferson Road, Building 3. 424-4551 | 8 Lomb Memorial Drive, RIT | nathanssoupandsalad.com.

Best Coffee Shop

Java's Café 16 Gibbs St. 232-4820 | Wallace Memorial Library, RIT. 475-4770 | Brick Lounge, Monroe Community College. 292-8312 | javascafe.com.

Best Cupcakes

Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe 258 Alexander St. 319-5001 | 1697 Monroe Ave. 270-4832 |sugarmountainbakeshoppe.com.

Best Cheap Eats

Aladdin's Natural Eatery 646 Monroe Ave. 442-5000 | 280 Exchange Blvd. 319-3217 | 8 Schoen Place. 264-9000 | aladdinsonline.com.

Best Fancy Restaurant

Restaurant 2 Vine 24 Winthrop St. 454-6020. 2vine.com.

Best New Restaurant

The Crab Shack 749 E. Henrietta Road. 427-7420. crabshackrochester.com.


Best Jewelry Store

Mann's Jewelers 2945 Monroe Ave. 271-4000. mannsjewelers.com.

Best Gift Shop

Parkleigh 215 Park Ave. 800-333-0627. parkleigh.com.

Best Used Car Dealership

Dorschel Automotive Group Many area locations; dorschel.com.

Best Auto Repair Shop

East Ave Auto 1656 East Ave. 271-7610. eastaveauto.com.

Best Store for Sports/Rec Equipment

Fleet Feet 2210 Monroe Ave. 697-3338. fleetfeetrochester.com.

Best Fitness Class

Rochester Athletic Club Many area locations; rochesterathletic.com.

Best Yoga Instructor

Carly Weis, Breathe Yoga

Best Salon

Scott Miller 3340 Monroe Ave. 264-9940. scottmillerstyle.com.

Best Barbershop

South Wedge Barber Shop 720 South Ave. 473-5570.

Best Florist

Arena's Florist 260 East Ave. 454-3720. arenasflorist.com.

Best Clothing Store

Thread 654 South Ave. 232-7110.

Best Tailor

Aldo's Ladies' and Men's Tailoring 1833 Monroe Ave. 442-6870.

Best Thrift/Secondhand Store

Goodwill of the Finger Lakes Many area locations; goodwillfingerlakes.com.

Best Place to Buy Local Art

Artisan Works 565 Blossom Road Suite L. 288-7170. Artisanworks.net.

Best Tattoo Parlor

Love Hate Tattoo 217 1/2 Alexander St. 262-6440. lovehatetattoo.com.

Best Piercing Parlor

Physical Graffiti Tattoo Studio 374 1/2 W. Ridge Road. 262-4444. physicalgraffiti.com.

Best Liquor Store

Marketview Liquor 1100 Jefferson Road. 888-427-2480. marketviewliquor.com.

Best Regional Wine

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 9749 Middle Road, Hammondsport. 800-320-0735. drfrankwines.com.

Best Local Beer

Rohrbach Brewing Company Brew Pub: 3859 Buffalo Road. 594-9800 | Brewery: 97 Railroad St. | rohrbachs.com.

Best Bakery

Savoia Pastry Shoppe 2267 Clifford Ave. 482-1130. savoiapastry.com.

Best Farmers Market

Rochester Public Market 280 N. Union St. 428-6907. cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket.

Best Geek-Friendly Business

Park Avenue Comics & Games 713 Park Ave. 271-4549. parkavenuecomics.com.

Best Local Bank/Credit Union

ESL Federal Credit Union Many area locations; esl.org.


Best Local Radio Personality

Brother Wease, WFXF-FM 95.1

Best Local Radio Show

"Spezzano & Sandy" WPXY-FM 97.9

Best Radio Station

WBER-FM 90.5

Best Local TV News Station

WHAM Channel 13

Best Local TV News Reporter

Don Alhart, WHAM Channel 13

Best Local TV Weatherperson

Scott Hetsko, WROC Channel 8

Best Local News Story of 2011

Abby Wambach

Best Local News Story Ignored in 2011


Best Local Blog

The Rochester NY Pizza Blog (rochesternypizza.blogspot.com)

Best Local Facebook Account

Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe

Best Local Commercial Jingle

Lori's Natural Foods


Best Local Politician

Robert Duffy

Best Local Visionary

Tom Golisano

Best Local Activist Group

Planned Parenthood -- Rochester/Syracuse Region

Best Local Nonprofit Organization

Lollypop Farm

Best Local Sports Team

Rochester Red Wings

Best Local Mascot

Spike and Mittsy, Rochester Red Wings

Best Local Landmark

George Eastman House

Best Outdoor Art

M&T Bank Clothesline Art Festival, Memorial Art Gallery

Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner


Best Place to Spot a Local Celebrity



Best Original Band

Lobster Quadrille

Best Cover Band

Uncle Plum

Best New Band

Thunder Body

Best Solo Musician

Dave McGrath

Best Live Music Venue

Water Street Music Hall

Best Club DJ

DJ Jon Herbert

Best Karaoke

Jeremiah's Tavern (Tuesdays & Fridays 9 p.m.)

Best Music Concert of 2011

Elton John, Blue Cross Arena

Best Local Theater Production of 2011

"The Music Man," Geva Theatre Center

Best Local Theater Company

Geva Theatre Center

Best Local Improv Comedy Troupe

Geva Comedy Improv

Best Art Gallery/Museum

Memorial Art Gallery

Best Art Exhibit of 2011

"Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera," George Eastman House

Best Local Artist

Albert Paley

Best Local Photographer

Gerry Szymanski

Best Local Filmmaker

Matthew Ehlers

Best Local Film Festival

ImageOut Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival

Best Local Festival

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Best Local Parade

Rochester St. Patrick's Parade

Best Local Drag Performer

Pandora Boxx


Best New Bar/Club

Marshall Street Bar & Grill 81 Marshall St. 325-2191. marshallstreetbarandgrill.com.

Best Bar for Beer

Tap & Mallet 381 Gregory St. 473-0503. tapandmallet.com.

Best Bar for Wine

Chocolate & Vines 757 University Ave. 340-6362. chocolateandvines.com.

Best Specialty Drinks

Good Luck 50 Anderson Ave. 340-6161. restaurantgoodluck.com.

Best Bartender

Phil Rawleigh, Lux Lounge

Best Dance Club

Tilt Nightclub and Ultralounge 444 Central Ave. 232-8440. Tiltroc.com.

Best Sports Bar

The Distillery Many area locations; thedistillery.com.

Best Neighborhood Bar

Jeremiah's Tavern 1104 Monroe Ave. 461-1313. Jeremiahstavern.com.

Best Drink Specials

Lux Lounge 666 South Ave. 232-9030. lux666.com.

Best Place for a Date

The Little Theatre 240 East Ave. 258-0444. thelittle.org.

Best Non-Bar Hangout

Boulder Coffee Co. Many area locations; bouldercoffeeco.com.

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