BEST OF ROCHESTER 2012: Primary Ballot

The Best of Rochester 2012 Readers Poll is NOW OPEN! CLOSED!
Visit to vote in the Final Ballot, featuring the top four vote-getters in each category, which will publish in print and online on Wednesday, September 5.

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CLICK HERE to take the Primary Ballot, which runs exclusively online through Wednesday, August 29.

Write in your favorites in at least 40 categories, covering Food & Drink, Shopping, Local Color, Arts & Entertainment, and more.

The top four vote getters in each category will end up on the Final Ballot, which will publish in print and online on Wednesday, September 5.

The Best of Rochester 2012 issue of City Newspaper will publish on Wednesday, October 17.

REMEMBER: We are looking for the best of Greater Rochester. Votes for national chains will not be counted. 


  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    Perez Sisters Photography

  2. Just a note: votes left in the comments section of this article will not be counted. You have to actually fill out the survey, which you’ll find by clicking the link above.

  3. uncle eddies pizza is the best. I drive all the way from springfield ohio. to get the best pizza. nothing else compares to it!!!

    1. Anonymous · · Reply

      Little Venice all day

  4. Jim Nelson Acoustic

    1. Couldn’t agree more, Lisa!

  5. Dave J. · · Reply

    DJ Darkwave Saturdays nights at Vertex – the best kept secret in town

  6. vote for Mr. Mustard as best cover band if you ever heard them you won’t be sorry THEY ARE GREAT

  7. Vote for The Imaginary Band! Classic Rock including a Fleetwood Mac tribute!

  8. Vote for Shaded Passion best new band on the scene

  9. Tandoor of india is the best

  10. The Downtown Fitness Club! Best gym in the downtown area!

  11. Why doesn’t it come up for me? I don’t get it.

  12. Dark Horse Coffee – Best coffee shop in Rochester – Best Breakfast sandwich – Best Barist!!

  13. You will Love the Charm and Charisma of this delightful coffee shop!! Without a doubt they have the Best coffee, Best Breakfast sandwich & Best Barist!!

  14. Since quality has nothing to do with popularity why waste time year after year on a useless poll?

    1. Havahd St · · Reply

      If more people go to a place then others, it probably is pretty decent….how many great restaurants are consistently empty?

  15. […] Last year, we were one of the finalists for BEST BRUNCH, BEST BREAKFAST and BEST BURGER! Click HERE to vote now! ← A Great Park Ave Fest! Join us on Facebook! Home | About/History | Menu| Blog | […]

  16. How to figure out your favorite #ROC tweeter using science:
    Step #1: go here{put your twitter username here}/given_to (e.g. for @travis it is )
    Step #2: look for the #ROC person with the most favs

  17. The Frog Pond for best brunch… hands down! Love their stuffed french toast and sauteed banana pancakes!

  18. is Rochester’s best blog!

  19. Consider MoChester for BEST ORIGINAL BAND!

  20. Michael Lyubomirsky · · Reply

    Gate house cafe has best burger in all of rochester

  21. Check out, finalist from last year and one of the most popular green beauty, living, and blogs spotlighting local artisans in the US.

  22. Anonymous · · Reply

    Excel Limousine is the best limo company out there ask for this guy Jay he is outstanding. He will make sure you have the best experience ever

  23. House of Guitars…the very best, service, selection, repairs and staff

  24. The very best in Rochester and any other city in NY or the World #1

  25. Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage for a school and massage!

  26. Anonymous · · Reply

    i spaced out on a category I WANTED to vote on but can’t get back in to amend my response- what to do? Oops, my “bad” for taking Survey AFTER midnight (and for saying “my bad”)

  27. Steven plum · · Reply

    Monster hots on East Avenue and chesnut Is Rochester’s best street vendor

  28. eieio photography!! Best Photographer!

  29. Jon - Pizza Expert · · Reply

    Hate to be obvious, but if you can get the dude watching the ovens to pop the bubbles, the BEST pizza in town is Wegmans. Sorry for going with a chain, but it IS local… and awesome.

  30. Anonymous · · Reply

    Good Smoke BBQ!!

  31. i vote for BBQfreds hogginitstyle

  32. It says you can vote through Wednesday August 29…why is the survey closed already?

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