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This one's a monster, and as such, we're doing things a little differently. Now through Friday, September 26, go to and fill out the online primary ballot. Fill in your favorites for at least 40 categories to enter to win some of our humongous prizes:

First Prize: A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame weekend, including admission to the museum, overnight accommodations at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland, and gift cards for the Hard Rock Cafe Cleveland.

Second Prize: $100 gift certificate to Mario's Italian Steakhouse

Third Prize: $40 gift certificate to Urban Essentialz

Then check back with City on Wednesday, October 1, to find out the top four vote-getters competing for your votes in this year's final Best Of ballot.

REMEMBER: We are looking for the best of Greater Rochester. Non-local answers will be ignored.

Go to and click on the Best Of Survey button to vote on these categories:

Food & Drink

Pizza joint

Burger joint

Barbecue joint

Place for breakfast

Fish fry


Rochester "plate"


Street meat vendor

New restaurant (since 2007)

Asian restaurant

Italian restaurant

Mexican restaurant

Family restaurant

Sandwich shop



Ice cream shop

Coffee shop

Bagel shop

Restaurant when someone else is paying

Meal under $10

Bar for beer

Wine list

Cocktail selection

Regional winery




Record store (non-chain)

Bookstore (non-chain)

Place to buy a new car

Place to buy a used car

Auto repair shop



Hair salon

Clothing store

Secondhand clothing store

Shoe store

Tattoo parlor

Liquor store

Corner store

Furniture store

Antique store

Nursery/garden store



Local morning radio show

Sexiest radio voice (male)

Sexiest radio voice (female)

Radio station

Reliable weatherperson

Local TV news station

Local TV news reporter (male)

Local TV news reporter (female)


Commercial for a local business

Local news story of 2008


Local Color


Politician in need of slap to the head

Local newsmaker



Use of public funds

Misuse of public funds

Urban legend

Local scandal

Improvement Rochester needs


Sports & Rec

Local sports team

Local athlete


Local race

Bowling alley

Golf course

Hiking spot

Hill to ski/snowboard



Arts & Entertainment

Original band

Cover band

Solo musician

Live music venue

Open mic

Local DJ

Music concert of 2007 (name artist/venue)

Theater production of 2007 (name show/theater)

Art gallery/museum

Art show of 2007 (name show/venue)

Movie theater

Dance troupe



Place to people watch

Kids entertainment


Love & Sex

Place for a first date

Romantic restaurant

Place to pick up a one-night stand

Straight bar

Gay bar

Strip club

Stripper/exotic dancer

Lingerie shop

Adult bookstore

Outdoor make-out spot


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