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Comment Archives: stories: Special Sections: Best of Rochester

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Critic Picks

You're welcome, Jake. Occupational hazard; I work in the secretarial field and have for over30 years.

Posted by Laurie Greif Guck on 11/12/2014 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Critic Picks

Thank you for pointing that out, Laurie! It was a spelling mistake and has been corrected to "yolks."

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Posted by Jake Clapp on 11/12/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Critic Picks

With all respect to Laura Rebecca Kenyon and her story about eggs being added on to foods (a trend I also wish would die), the yellow part is a 'yolk'. A 'yoke' is a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull.

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Posted by Laurie Greif Guck on 11/12/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Goods & Services

Greece is technically Rochester??? By what logic???

Anyway, I (and I'm guessing pretty much everyone else except for A. Cook) view the survey as the best of greater Rochester, not just what's within the city limits.

A. Cook can take some solace in the fact that a very high percentage of the winners are in fact within the city limits, which I think is great, just not a requirement.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 11/04/2014 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Goods & Services

I don't understand why you do Best of Rochester and include the best of other places, such as Pittsford, and other surrounding areas. Best of Rochester should be the best of ROCHESTER! I loved the poll, but didn't realize that you were incorporating other towns. Greece is technically Rochester, so that would make sense, but Penfield, Fairport, Spencerport, and so on are not the best of Rochester, they are the Best of Monroe County.

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Posted by A. Cook on 11/04/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Food & Drink

Marks Pizza? Have you ever eaten it?

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Posted by Jimmy65 on 11/02/2014 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Critic Picks

I am an atheist. I go to Pour all the time. I have never seen a hint of anything religious.

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Posted by ELF on 10/31/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014

Testify, Chris Thompson!

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Posted by Fireball Junior on 10/31/2014 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Best Answers

Hi Travis, "none" did get 19 votes, but out of the thousands of submissions to the category, it still wasn't enough to land it in the top 4 vote-getters.

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Posted by Jake Clapp on 10/31/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014

I would like to know if the voting for Best of Rochester is rigged, or if the People of Rochester just have low self esteem. The reason I ask is because I have lived here for six years, and for six years, Wegmans has won Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner.

It is a grocery store.

Rochester is the epicenter of pivotal events that helped shape this country, from the American Revolution to the Underground Railroad to Women's Suffrage to the Industrial Revolution. Your main cemetery likely has the most iconic historical figures in American History buried in it than anywhere else in Upstate NY. There is a Great Lake less than 10 miles north of us. The RPO is world renown. Rochester's International Jazz Festival draws in people from all corners of the earth. The Hungerford has some of the best and innovative artists and artisans rotating through it. University of Rochester has the nation's first educational program focusing exclusively on Optics. Both RIT and U of R are doing research on things and making innovations that cause not just ripples, but waves across the world of academia and science. That is just on Wednesday. Yet you expect me to believe that the readers of an independent newspaper, the residents who should have their fingers on the pulse of what makes Rochester great, think that the best they have to offer an expatriot from Baltimore is a grocery store?

Have you seen High Falls at dawn or dusk? Have you been on the roofs of any buildings on Water Street and been able to see BOTH the Brighton AND the City Independence Day fireworks simultaneously? Have you rode a bicycle up Arnold Park at the dawn of spring, right when all the trees are flowering and the wind is blowing the petals around the Zen Centre. I saw the best roots reggae show at Water Street Music Hall. It was a local(ish) band playing: Mosaic Foundation. Not once did I think, "Man these are all great! But you know what would be REALLY great? A place where I can buy a pound of chicken AND cheese!"

I have heard many defenses regarding my disappointment at Wegmans winning Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner.

"But it has so much food, and it's so fresh!"
It has lots of fresh food because it is a grocery store. It is probably the law that they sell fresh food. If it had lots of rotten food, then it would go out of business.

"I have not seen anything like it! I moved away from Rochester, and I have been all over the country, and I must say I miss Wegmans."
I understand that moving from your home town will make you miss your local stores. That is just homesickness. I miss Superfresh in Baltimore. However, I don't yearn for it or take my out-of-town friends there claiming it it the best thing about Baltimore.

"There is a bulk food/sushi/sandwiich/pizza/prepared food bar in it. Where else do you see that?"
Yes. In Albertsons (CA), Meijer (MI), Whole Foods (Everywhere), Superfresh (MD), Giant (MD), Kroger (NC)...I could go on. That there are bulk bins and specialty food bars in a place whose business is selling food is not unique or amazing.

"Whenever I bring my friends from [INSERT COUNTRY HERE], they are amazed!"
Your [INSERT COUNTRY HERE] friends are likely either amazed at the grandeur of American extravagance and abundance. Western European countries may have a Tesco or something similar, but not on the scale of US stores. Our stores are more spread out, but they still sell food. In other parts of the world, there simply is not a venue where one can get all types of food in one place. they may have a specific meat market, fish market, produce market, but not all under one roof or run by one entity. They would be just as wowed at an American pharmacy, where one can get both carcinogenic high fructose sodas and cigarettes and the prescribed medicine that are used to treat the effects of those items.

If when I came to town on 2008, someone blindfolded me and said they were going to take me to the best place to take an out-of-towner in the city and they took me to a grocery store, I would likely take a swing at them, and then I would immediately pack my things and move far, far away. Wegmans is a very good place to get food. However, for all reasons stated, I am convinced that either the vote for this category and Best Place to Meet Singles are rigged, or the residents of Rochester have low self esteem, or they are astonishingly oblivious of amazing things are happening in this city.

If Wegmans wins Best Drag Show next Year, I will KNOW that the contest is rigged.

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Posted by Chris Thompson on 10/31/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Critic Picks

Uh..what? I've never had anyone preach at me at Pour. I don't see why it matters if the owner is a pastor. There's no religious iconography in there, no pamphlets with your latte, you don't have to say grace before you drink. I'd go as far as to say that if you didn't know the owner was a pastor, there would be no indication whatsoever about any of the employees' religious affiliation.

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Posted by PixelHustler on 10/31/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Best Answers

if "none" got 19 votes for politician, shouldn't it have been on the ballot?

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Posted by Travis Hardiman on 10/30/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “VOTE NOW: Best of Rochester 2014 Primary Ballot

Anonymous Willpower - Fox Sisters - 5Head - best bands in the city. Period.

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Posted by The Judge on 10/30/2014 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Critic Picks

Pour Coffee - more like new ultra- religious establishment. The Pastor owner and almost entire church affiliated staff using coffee to spread the gospel. There's nothing like a hallelujah hopped up on caffeine!

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Posted by coffeeaddict on 10/30/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2014: Food & Drink


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Posted by Me on 10/29/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “VOTE NOW: Best of Rochester 2014 Final Ballot

I was wondering if we were supposed to be notified of being in the top four in a categorie? I found out a bit late that I had reached the final ballot and am wondering if I did win, would be contacted? Thanks for any info!

Posted by Joel Lloret on 10/22/2014 at 3:58 PM

Re: “VOTE NOW: Best of Rochester 2014 Final Ballot

Utter Clutter AND Greenovation shouldn't have been able to take up two spaces under thrift. After all Utter Clutter operates under the auspice of Greenovation at this time. That's like double stacking for nominations. You should have had another option like Tombs or Ruly's. That would have been more fair.

Posted by Shea Ricci on 10/20/2014 at 9:34 PM

Re: “VOTE NOW: Best of Rochester 2014 Final Ballot

it kills me the way the voting goes for only certain places I run a business on East Avenue and have tried for years to get into your ballot 4 votes Irun Monster Hots on East Avenue 9 yearsand I will throw down with any of these other hot dog joints blindfolded taste test

Posted by Steve Plum on 10/17/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “VOTE NOW: Best of Rochester 2014 Final Ballot

i will laugh if we lose to rochester insomniac for #87 best podcast but i wish everyone good luck regardless. glad to be nominated. thanks again to everyone who voted us in! (undertheskin,tv)

Posted by Emerson Thor on 10/16/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “VOTE NOW: Best of Rochester 2014 Primary Ballot

Primary voting is indeed closed. To vote in the final ballot, please check…

Posted by Jake Clapp on 10/16/2014 at 10:14 AM

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