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(Best Outdoor Dining)

"You'd be surprised at the dumpsters worth scoping out during our seven-month winters."

(Most Important Local News Story)

"I got poison ivy or oak or sumac."

(Most Important Local News Story of 2019)

"LOL, the impending Cereal Bar War of 2019"

"Naked guy in Hamlin, carrying a cat"

"Running out of White Claws!"

(Most Important Local News Story Ignored in 2019)

"I lost 30 pounds and no one noticed."

(Best Local Filmmaker)

"Kodak"

(Best Local TV News Station)

"Who works for who now?"

(Best Local Film Festival)

"Out...christ, my memory is not working."

(Best Local Recreational Sports League)

"Drinking by my pool"

(Best Place to Dance)

"Wegmans"

(Best Place to Meet Singles)

"I swear to God, if it's Wegmans again I'm going to lose my mind."

(Best Place to Buy a Gift)

"Why buy when love is free, especially if you're broke?"

(Best Book Written by a Local Author)

"Killjoy Jukebox" (meant to be "Joytime Killbox," by Brian Wood)

(Best Secondhand Store)

"Not Show World"

(Best Mediterranean Restaurant)

"Goulash Greek Sweets"

In This Guide...

  • Explore the Best of Rochester

    The results for our annual scavenger hunt are in. We asked you to respond to our 2019 Best of Rochester readers' poll with your favorite people, places, and things as you've explored our fine region, and you delivered.

  • Best Food & Drink

    BEST FOOD AND DRINK BEST PIZZA

  • Best Goods & Services

    BEST GOODS AND SERVICES BEST BIKE SHOP

  • Best Local Color

    BEST LOCAL COLOR BEST LOCAL ACTIVIST GROUP

  • Best Arts & Entertainment

    BEST ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BEST LOCAL ORIGINAL BAND

  • Best Nightlife

    BEST NIGHTLIFE BEST NEW BAR/CLUB

  • Critics' Picks

    BEST YOUNG FARMER: Eric Houppert of Deep Root Farm There are myriad categories featuring food in the Best of Rochester awards, but nothing about the people growing (and supplying) local ingredients behind the scenes. Several years ago, Macedon resident Eric Houppert made the jump from graphic designer to farmhand at Mud Creek Farms in Victor.

  • GALLERY: Best of Rochester 2019 Party

    Over 500 Best of Rochester party-goers decended upon the atrium at Village Gate to celebrate the winners of the 2019 Best of Rochester reader poll. See the full list of winners here!

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