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ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Rochester favorites 

Every year City Newspaper asks its readers to tell us what's great about our fair city. And every year hundreds replay with their choices for the best of Rochester. From pie shops to strippers, radio shows to beauty salons, you'll find their picks here. For additional Best Of content, including picks by City Newspaper's critics, check out the Guides section at And keep your eyes peeled for the 2008 Best Of Rochester, coming in November.


Chinese Restaurant

Ming's Take Out1038 S Clinton Ave, 244-0920

Ming's II 1132 Monroe Ave, 271-7260

Sushi Restaurant

California Rollin' Village Gate, 274 N Goodman St, 271-8990

California Rollin' II Port of Rochester, 1000 North River St, 271-8920

Italian Restaurant

Mario's Italian Steakhouse 2740 Monroe Ave, 271-1111

Middle Eastern Restaurant

Sinbad's Mediterranean Cuisine 719 Park Ave, 473-5655

Mexican Restaurant

Salena'sMexicanRestaurantVillage Gate, 274 N Goodman St, 256-5980

Indian Restaurant

India House 998 S Clinton Ave, 461-0880


Highland Park Diner 960 S Clinton Ave, 461-5040

New Restaurant

The Social 330 East Ave, 325-2010


Pontillo's Pizzeria Many area locations,


Bill Gray's Restaurants Many area locations,


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

Fish Fry

Bill Gray's Restaurants Many area locations,


Jeremiah's Tavern 1104 Monroe Ave, 461-1313

Hot Sauce

Country Sweet Chicken & Ribs 515 Monroe Ave, 442-1414 | 640 Lake Ave, 458-3500 | 1691 Mt Hope Ave, 244-3200

Steak House

Black & Blue 3349 Monroe Ave, 421-8111


Little Bakery 89 Charlotte St, 232-4884


Phillips European 26 Corporate Woods, 272-9910

Ice Cream

Abbott's Frozen Custard Many area locations,


Boulder Coffee Co. 100 Alexander St, 454-7140


TIE: Bagel Bin Café 2600 Elmwood Ave, 461-4475

Balsam Bagels 288 N Winton Rd, 482-5080

Sandwich Shop

DiBella's Old Fashioned Submarines Many area locations,

Beer Selection

MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room Many area locations

Wine Selection

Solera Wine Bar 647 South Ave, 232-3070

Dive Bar

Marge's Lakeside Inn 4909 Culver Rd, 323-1020

Happy Hour

Lux Lounge 666 South Ave, 232-9030


Mario's Italian Steakhouse 2740 Monroe Ave, 271-1111

Upscale Restaurant

2 Vine 24 Winthrop St, 454-8020

Outdoor Patio

Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar 1290 University Ave, 271-5000

Regional Winery

Casa Larga Vineyards 2287 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport, 223-4210

Place to Eat at 3 a.m.

Mark's Texas Hots 487 Monroe Ave, 473-1563 | 48 Lake Ave, 423-0669

Place to Take the Kids

StrongNationalMuseum of Play 1 Manhattan Square, 263-2700

Place to Take Vegetarians

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

Spot to Eat Alone

TIE: Spot Coffee 200 East Ave, 613-4600

Café Cibon 688 Park Ave, 461-2960

Meal Under $10

John's Tex-MexEatery 489 South Ave, 232-5830


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


Place to Find Affordable Gas

Delta Sonic Many area locations,


Aldo's Tailor Shop 1833 Monroe Ave, 442-6870

Record Store

Record Archive 1880 East Ave, 244-1210

Book Store

Brown Bag Bookstore 678 Monroe Ave, 271-3494

Jewelry Store

TIE: Mann's Jewelers 2945 Monroe Ave, 271-4000

The Source Fine Jewelers 3300 Monroe Ave, 586-9145 | 2147 W Ridge Rd, 225-5445 | 535 W Ridge Rd, 621-6280

Place to Buy a New Car

John Holtz 3925 W Henrietta Rd, 334-0880

Place to Buy a Used Car

Dorschel Automotive Group Many area locations,

Honest Auto Repair

TIE: Craig Autometrics Inc. 10 Winthrop St, 325-3337

East Avenue Auto 1656 East Ave, 271-7610


Arena's Florist Inc. 260 East Ave, 454-3720

Hair Salon

World Hair 121 Park Ave, 473-5452 | 571 South Ave, 262-3350

Nail Salon

Star Nails Many area locations

Place to Shop for a Kid's Birthday

Archimage668 Monroe Ave, 271-2789

Men's Clothing Store

Thread 654 South Ave, 232-7110

Women's Clothing Store

Thread 654 South Ave, 232-7110

Secondhand Clothing Store

Godiva's 653 South Ave, 244-3370

Shoe Store

A Step Apart 235 Park Ave, 241-3110

Athletic Store

MedVed Running & Walking Outfitters 3400 Monroe Ave, 248-3420

Tattoo Parlor

Love/Hate Tattoo 217 1/2 Alexander St, 262-6440

Car Wash

Delta Sonic Many area locations,

Liquor Store

Marketview Liquor 1100 Jefferson Rd, 427-2480

Organic Food Store

Lori's Natural Foods 900 Jefferson Rd, 424-2323

Furniture Store

Houseworks 3450 Winton Pl, 427-7620

Pet Store

Park Ave Pets 991 Monroe Ave, 256-0006

Gift Shop

Parkleigh 215 Park Ave, 244-4842

Antique Store

Craft Antique Co-Op 3200 W Ridge R, 368-0670


Local Radio Show

"Radio Free Wease" WCMF 96.5 FM

Sexiest Radio Voice (Male)

Brother Wease WCMF 96.5 FM

Sexiest Radio Voice (Female)

Beth Adams WHAM 1180 AM

Radio Station


Reliable Weatherperson

Glenn Johnson WHAM Channel 13

On-Air TV News Team

WHAM Channel 13

TV News Hottie (Male)

Doug Emblidge WHAM Channel 13

TV News Hottie (Female)

Jennifer Johnson WHEC Channel 10

Local Website

Commercial for a Local Business

Fuccillo Hyundai



Mayor Robert Duffy

Politician in Need of a Slap to the Head

CountyExecutive Maggie Brooks

Place to See and Be Seen

Park Avenue




Highland Park

Greater Rochester Bragging Point

George Eastman House 900 East Ave, 271-3361

Use of Public Funds


Misuse of Public Funds

Fast Ferry

Local Celebrity

Philip Seymour Hoffman

View of the City

Cobbs Hill

Place to Mooch Wifi

Spot Coffee 200 East Ave, 613-4600

Place to Park Illegally and Not Get Ticketed

Silly to tell

Local Gripe




Del Monte Lodge 41 N Main St, Pittsford, 381-990

Sports Team

Rochester Red Wings


Downtown Fitness Club 50 Chestnut St, 756-4090

Bowling Alley

Clover Lanes 2750 Monroe Ave, 244-1484

Golf Course

Oak Hill Country ClubKilbourn Rd, 586-1660

Place to Go Camping

LetchworthState Park

Hill to Go Sledding

Cobbs Hill

Hill to Ski/Snowboard


Place to Ice Skate


Cross-Country Skiing Spot

Mendon Ponds

Bingo Hall

Bingo Palace 341 E Ridge Rd, 266-7344

Public Pool

GeneseeValleyPark Pool


Durand Eastman


Meigs Street & Linden Avenue

Place to Play Pool

Six Pockets 716 E Ridge Rd, 266-1440


Original Band

The Buddhahood

Cover Band

Uncle Plum

Band Name

The Buddhahood

Club to Hear Live Music

Water Street Music Hall 204 N Water St, 325-5600

Place for Karaoke

Flipside Bar & Grill 2001 E Main St, 288-3930

Music Concert of 2007

TIE: Bob Dylan

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Rusted Root

Theater Production of 2007

"Monty Python's Spamalot" Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Art Show of 2007

ClotheslineFestival Memorial Art Gallery

Place to Dig Some Poetry

Writers & Books 740 University Ave, 473-2590


Park Avenue Festival

Movie Theater

The Little 240 East Ave, 258-0444

Place to Dance

Tilt 444 Central Ave, 232-8440

Place to People Watch

Park Avenue

Kids Entertainment

StrongNationalMuseum of Play 1 Manhattan Square, 263-2700


Place for a First Date

The Little 240 East Ave, 258-0444

Place for a Last Date


Romantic Restaurant

Rooney's Restaurant 90 Henrietta St, 442-0444

Place to Pick Up a One-Night Stand

East End

Straight Bar

Lux Lounge 666 South Ave, 232-9030

Gay Bar

Muther's 40 Union St, 325-6216

Strip Club

Klassy Cat Tavern 3800 W Henrietta Rd, 359-8639

Stripper/Exotic Dancer

Peaches Klassy Cat

Hotel for a Rendezvous

Hyatt Regency Rochester 125 E Main St, 546-1234

Adult Bookstore

Show World Adult Videos 1167 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, 424-2580

Outdoor Make-Out Spot

Highland Park

For more Best Of choices, including City Critics' Picks, find Best of Rochester under Guides in "Arts & Entertainment."

In This Guide...

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Introduction

    Welcome to Rochester
    In one of the "Man on the Street" interviews you'll find in this publication, software writer Andrew Branch says he likes Rochester because "no matter where you live, it's close to lakes, skiing, and the Adirondacks. Everything's available."

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Dining

    Asia by way of Western New York
    Just about everyone loves Chinese food -or Thai, Japanese, and Korean for that matter - and our workplaces and home kitchen junk drawers overflow with little multicolored condiment packets and chopsticks. The list below is by no means exhaustive, but rather a starting point for a diner's journey through Asia by way of Greater Rochester.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '08: A self-guided tour of Rochester

    Whether you spend a day exploring one neighborhood, or bounce between several of them, you'll find that the city of Rochester features a variety of historic places, shopping spots, parks, cultural districts, and nightlife opportunities. Starting out on the far north end of Lake Avenue, this is one route to see the sites, taste the flavors, and live the history that Rochester has to offer.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Arts & entertainment

    Never get bored!
    "There's nothing to do in this city." Whenever I hear someone say something like that, I want to beat them about the head and shoulders.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Nightlife: Brewpubs

    Mug shots: Rochester's notable brewpubs
    Nothing against all you bars with the same ol' beers on tap. There's something to be said for walking into the neighborhood pub and ordering the same cool pint you sipped last week, and the week before.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Tour of Monroe County

    Get to know Monroe
    The villages and towns that make up Monroe County distinguish themselves from their counterparts in many ways. With enough points of interest to warrant an entire day in each town, traveling from one suburb to the next can be a trip in itself.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Local history

    The people behind the places
    Open a map of Rochester and you'll spot certain names over and over. Strong.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Music

    Follow that tune
    Welcome to Rochester. No matter how you wound up here - bad directions, chasing a romance that didn't pan out, or as a member of the Witness Protection Program - we're glad you've decided to join us.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Word on the street

    Neighborhood: Park Avenue Favorite places: For her 3-year-old, Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Springdale Farms, and going to Bird Song Trail in Mendon Ponds, where chickadees will eat out of your hand.

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