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Best of Greater Rochester 2003 Readers' Choice Awards 


Live music club: Milestones

Bar: Tie - Lux Lounge and Johnny's Irish Pub

Nightclub: Tonic

Gay bar: Muthers

Dive bar: Dicky's

Band (original): Because of questions about ballots, we regrettably had to disqualify this category.

Musician: Tie - Joe Beard and Frank De Blase

Place to shoot pool: Tie - Jillian's and Six Pockets

Place to play darts: The Old Toad

Bowling alley: Clover Lanes

Drag performer: Ambrosia Salad

Small live theater: Geva Theatre

Small art gallery: Oxford Gallery

Movie theater: Little Theatres


Chinese: Golden Dynasty

Indian: India House

Italian: Northside Inn

Thai: The King & I

Middle Eastern: Sinbad's

Mexican: Mex

Vegetarian: The Atomic Eggplant

Vietnamese: Tie - Dac Hoa and Mamasan's

Greek: Mykonos

High-end restaurant: Edwards

Outdoor dining: Pomodoro Grill

Coffee bar: Spot Coffee

Bargain: Mark's Texas Hots

Deli: Park Place

Diner: Highland Park Diner

Caribbean: Bahama Breeze


Venue: Frontier Field

Pro team: Buffalo Bills

Golf course: Oak Hill Country Club

Public basketball courts: Cobbs Hill Park

Hiking spot: Mendon Ponds Park

Fitness club: Rochester Athletic Club

Bike route: Erie Canal path

Tennis courts/clubs: Cobbs Hill Park

Ice skating: Manhattan Square Park

Sledding: Ellison Park

YMCA: Carlson Metrocenter

Downhill skiing: Bristol Mountain Ski Resort

Cross-country skiing: Mendon Ponds Park


Bartender: Karrie Laughton, Lux Lounge

Local DJ: Wease, WCMF 96.5 FM

Chef: "Skippy" of Skippy's

Politician to banish: Jack Doyle

Most trustworthy politician: Bill Johnson

Most annoying public person: Bob Lonsberry

Best county-exec candidate: Bill Johnson

Next job for Jack Doyle: Cleaning up any of a variety of messy, unhygienic things.


Festival: Park Ave Summer Arts Fest

Park: Highland

Place to walk the dog: Ellison Park

Make-out spot: Cobbs Hill Park

Local point of pride: George Eastman House

Fishing hole: Irondequoit Bay

Best construction project: Fast ferry

Worst construction project: West Ridge Road

Regional winery: Casa Larga

Biggest public eyesore: Downtown

Street (residential): East Avenue

Street (commercial): Park Avenue

Public restroom: Wegmans

Gospel choir: Spiritus Christi

Most culturally diverse neighborhood: The Southwedge


Best development for Main and Clinton: Retail center

Best use for the Sibley Building: Education center

Best use for Midtown Plaza: Arts center

What year will the fast ferry hit the water? 2004

Retail store/restaurant idea Rochester most needs: IKEA


Record/CD store: Record Archive

Independent bookstore: Brown Bag Bookshop

Computer store: CompUSA

Men's clothing store: Nahum Fine Clothing

Women's clothing store: H&M

Shoe store: DSW Shoe Warehouse

Jewelry store: Mann's Jewelers

Grocery: Wegmans

Hardware store: Tie - Mayer Hardware and The Home Depot

Car dealership: Van Bortel

Video rental store: Blockbuster Video

Tattooing service: Love Hate Tattoo

Thrift/consignment store: Tie - Volunteers of America and The Salvation Army

Home furnishings store: Houseworks

Place to buy an unusual gift: Parkleigh

Most honest auto repair: Craig Autometrics

Cider mill: Shutt's

Barber: OK Barber Shop

Hair stylist: Thomas Laurence Salon

Laundromat: Lilac Laundry, Park Avenue location


Pizza: Chester Cab

Baked goods: Little Bakery

Bagels: Bruegger's

Burgers: Bill Gray's Restaurant

Sandwich: DiBella's

Ice cream: Abbott's Frozen Custard

Sushi: California Rollin'

Seafood market: Pittsford Seafood

Barbecue: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Soul food: Beale Street Cafe

Street vendor: Uncle Dickey

Fish fry: Captain Jim's Fish Market

Dessert: Phillips European Restaurant

Subs: DiBella's

Wine selection: Century Liquor Store

Wings: Jeremiah's Tavern

Local beer: Genesee

Beer selection, bar: MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room

Beer selection, restaurant: MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room

Take-out: Ming's

Kosher: Fox's Gourmet Delicatessen


Sports writer: Bob Matthews, Democrat and Chronicle

Independent radio station: WBER (90.5 FM)

Local radio show: Wease, WCMF (96.5)

Local TV news anchorperson: Don Alhart, WOKR 13


Do you support the fast ferry project? Yes

Do you support the construction of PaeTec Park? No

Do you support the transit center proposed for Main and Clinton? Overwhelmingly, no

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