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Best of Rochester 

Now, before anyone gets upset, let's just be clear: these are not last year's Best of Greater Rochester Readers' Choice Awards. Some of you might be experiencing déjà vu, and that's understandable. But the people of Greater Rochester are a loyal people. And after years of repetition we at City are finally starting to get it through our thick skulls: the best desserts are at Phillips European, the best barbecue is at Dinosaur, and Golden Dynasty has the best Chinese. Silly us. We were crazy to think the answers might change.

Sure, with some of these categories we're just asking for it. (The best grocery store? C'mon.) But other repeat winners give us pause. For example: what is it about Don Alhart that is so bewitching, year after year? And are the best bagels in all of Rochester and its suburbs really at Bruegger's? Really?

Other answers just don't add up. Uncle Plum finds a way to get the most votes each and every blessed year, even though it is NOT an original band. And not to break any hearts here, but you can't shoot pool at Jillian's or eat at Bahama Breeze because --- brace yourselves --- they have both closed. (Many condolences.)

Our conclusion? Our readers like what they like, dammit, no matter how many times we ask the questions.

So, in the Readers' Choice Awards you'll find a lot of old favorites, a lot of chain establishments, and still some of the best places in Rochester. We also got some weird, funny, or just plain confused votes.

Our writers came through one more time to contribute their honest-to-goodness opinions of what makes the Rochester area great. Their choices are their own --- you don't have to agree with them. What they've tried to do is highlight the places, things, people, and ideas that you might not have heard about yet. Find the Critics' Choice Awards here.

And finally, a note to all the ballot stuffers: you should know that cheaters never win. And that's all we're going to say.

Enjoy. Rochester is the best.

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