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BEST FOOD & DRINK 

BEST PIZZA
Pontillo’s Pizzeria
Many area locations. pontillospizza.com

Mark’s Pizzeria | The Pizza Stop | Salvatore’s

BEST BURGER
Bill Gray’s
Many area locations. billgrays.com

The Gate House | Restaurant Good Luck | Swillburger

BEST BARBECUE
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
99 Court Street. (585) 325-7090; dinosaurbarbque.com

Good Smoke BBQ | Sticky Lips | Texas Bar-B-Q Joint

BEST WINGS
Jeremiah’s Tavern
Several area locations. Jeremiahstavern.com

The Distillery | Duff's Famous Wings | Windjammers Bar and Grill

BEST FISH FRY
The Old Toad
227 Alexander Street. (585) 232-2626; theoldtoad.com

Bill Gray’s | Captain Jim’s Fish Market | Tap & Mallet

BEST PLACE FOR A ROCHESTER “PLATE”
Nick Tahou Hots
320 West Main Street. (585) 436-0184; garbageplate.com

Dogtown | Henrietta Hots | Mark’s Texas Hots

BEST BAGEL
Balsam Bagels
288 North Winton Road. (585) 482-5080; balsambagels.com

Bagel Land | Brownstein’s Deli & Bakery | Wegmans

BEST FRIED CAKES/DOUGHNUTS
Donuts Delite
1700 Culver Road. (585) 288-5555; ddelite.com

Boxcar Donuts & Fried Chicken | Misfit Doughnuts & Treats | Ridge Donut Café

BEST FOOD CART/FOOD TRUCK
Le Petit Poutine
@lepetitpoutine. Lepetitpoutine.com

Macarollin’ | Marty’s Meats | Neno's Gourmet Mexican Street Food

BEST DINER
Highland Park Diner
960 South Clinton Avenue. (585) 461-5040

Jay’s Diner | Jim’s on Main | South Wedge Diner

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Monte Alban Mexican Grill
Several area locations. Montealbangrill.com

John’s Tex-Mex | La Casa Restaurant | Salena’s Mexican Restaurant

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Mr. Dominic's
4699 Lake Avenue, (585) 730-5444; 99 South Main Street, Fairport, (585) 598-3988. mrdominics.com

Fiorella | Guido’s Pasta Villa | Rocco

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT
India House
Several area locations. Indiahouse.com

Naan-Tastic | Tandoor of India | Thali of India

BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
Aladdin’s
646 Monroe Avenue, (585) 442-5000; 8 Schoen Place, Pittsford, (585) 264-9000. myaladdins.com

Cedar Mediterranean | Sinbad’s | Voula’s Greek Sweets

BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT
Peppa Pot
133 Gregory Street. (585) 473-3663; eatatpeppapot.com

D’Mangu | Everything iz Good | Natural Vibes Jerk Hut

BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT
The King & I
1455 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta. (585) 427-8090; thekingandithaicuisine.com

Chen Garden | Flavors of Asia | Han Noodle | Thai.Mii.Up

BEST SUSHI
California Rollin
274 North Goodman Street. (585) 271-8990; californiarollin.com
Next Door by Wegmans | Shiki | Wegmans

BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN EATS
The Owl House
75 Marshall Street. (585) 360-2920; owlhouserochester.com

Dogtown | The Red Fern | Voula’s Greek Sweets

BEST CHEF
Dan Martello
at Restaurant Good Luck (50 Anderson Avenue; (585) 340-6161; restaurantgoodluck.com) and Cure (50 Public Market, (585) 563-7941; curebar.net)

Steven Eakins (Radio Social) | Tom Polizzi (Polizzi's) | Gino Ruggiero (Fiorella)

BEST COFFEE
Java’s
16 Gibbs Street. (585) 232-4820; javascafe.com

Fuego Coffee Roasters | Glen Edith Coffee Roasters | Ugly Duck Coffee

BEST BARISTA
Rory Van Grol at Ugly Duck Coffee
89 Charlotte Street. Uglyduckcoffee.com

Tony Colon (Fuego) | Clayton Panipinto (Glen Edith) | Jessica Stroud Sapia (Café Sasso)

BEST OUTDOOR DINING
Genesee Brew House
25 Cataract Street. (585) 263-9200; geneseebeer.com

Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria & Bistro | The Owl House | TRATA

BEST CHEAP EATS
Dogtown
691 Monroe Avenue. (585) 271-6620; dogtownhots.com

Cedar Mediterranean | John’s Tex-Mex | Mark's Texas Hots

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Swan Dive
289 Alexander Street. (585) 413-3306; swandiveroc.com

Bar Bantam | Native Eatery and Bar | Steadfast

In This Guide...

    Were you there? Photos from the Best of Rochester 2018 party

    CITY Newspaper held its Best of Rochester party in the Village Gate atrium on Tuesday night, October 23. Nominees gathered to celebrate, dance, and mingle while sampling some of the finest food and drink that Rochester has to offer.

    BEST GOODS AND SERVICES

    BEST BIKE SHOPPark Ave Bike 600 Jay Scutti Boulevard, (585) 427-2110; 3400 Monroe Avenue, (585) 381-3080. parkavebike.com

    BEST NIGHTLIFE

    BEST NEW BAR/CLUB The Spirit Room 139 State Street. (585) 397-7595; facebook.com/TheSpiritRoomRochester

    BEST LOCAL COLOR

    BEST LOCAL ACTIVIST GROUPOut Alliance 100 College Avenue. (585) 244-8640; gayalliance.org

    Best of Rochester 2018

    Hello, CITY readers. It’s time to reveal the results for Best of Rochester 2018, our own “Showcase Showdown,” if you will. It’s been quite the contest to get this far: More than 12,000 contestants gave us their best and final answers in our Best of Rochester readers’ poll, spanning 100 different categories.

    Best Answers

    [ OUTTAKES ] BY CITY READERS Off-the-cuff, sometimes off-color responses to our Best of Rochester 2018 Primary Ballot WE’RE AWARE (Best Source of Rochester Pride) “You know it's Wegmans.”

    CRITICS' PICKS

    Best Breakfast Sandwich: Fair Pour Café’s 'The Jammy Sammy'

    BEST ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    BEST LOCAL ORIGINAL BANDJoywave @joywavemusic; joywavemusic.com Stavo | The Stedwells | Teagan and the Tweeds

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