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Second annual “Best of the Lilac City” winners announced

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The Rochester Post is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Best of the Lilac City contest, recognizing popular businesses, nonprofits, services, and cultural events in Rochester, New Hampshire.

Categories include Best Restaurant, Best Retail Shop, Best Automotive Repair, etc. There are also categories for Best Hamburger, Best Ice Cream, Best Happy Hour, and more.

The winners were announced on March 18 on the Choose Rochester podcast. Mayor Paul Callaghan described the contest as a fun way for residents to make their voices heard.

“We have a ton of great businesses here in Rochester,” said Callaghan. “It’s good to see the public come together to recognize the people working so hard to make Rochester a great place to be.”


Click here to hear Mayor Callaghan announce the winners on the Choose Rochester podcast. 


2021 Honorees:

Auto Dealer: Rochester Toyota

Automotive Service Center: Hervey’s

Bank or Credit Union: HRCU

Barber Shop: Town Square Barber

Contractor: Norm Vetter Foundations

Cultural Activity or Event: Porchfest

Dance Studio: Studio 109

Fast Food Restaurant: Wendy’s

Garden Store or Landscaping: Studley Flower Gardens

Grocery Store: Hannaford

Hair Salon: Cabana

Insurance Company: Bernier Insurance

Legal Firm: The Law Offices Of Stephen C. Brown & Associates

Live Entertainment Venue: Rochester Opera House

Local News Source: Foster’s Daily Democrat

Medical or Dental Office: Alliance for Dental Care

Nonprofit Organization or Charity: Monarch School of New England

Real Estate Agent: Hourihane Cormier & Associates

Restaurant: Lilac City Grille

Retail Shop: Country Essentials

Skincare, Nails, and Beauty (Not Salon): Progressive Esthetics

Second-hand Shop: Used To Be Yours Consignment

Specialty Shop: Jetpack Comics & Games

Tattoo Shop: Hobo

Visual Art Venue: Rochester Museum of Fine Arts

Best Appetizer: Revolution Taproom & Grille

Best Beer: Back Hill Company Co.

Best Breakfast or Brunch: Fallen Leaf Bistro

Best Coffee: Aroma Joe’s

Best Dessert: Potter’s House Bakery and Café

Best Hamburger: Wild Willy’s

Best Happy Hour: Revolution Taproom & Grille

Best Ice Cream: Lago’s Lone Oak

Best Lobster Roll: Lago’s Lone Oak

Best Pizza: Charlie’s

Best Sandwich: Moe’s Italian Sandwiches

Best Wings: Lilac City Grille

Best Vegetarian Options: 110 Grill

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