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Finding the Best of Syracuse

The balloting begins for the 20th annual poll.

The Syracuse New Times inaugurated its Best of Syracuse poll in 1997, asking readers to select their favorites in more than 100 categories. For the 20th annual event, we’re again asking readers to vote their conscience (sorry about that political reference) as they pick from more than 160 categories covering food, arts, media, services and more.

The initial ballot of more than 160 categories is fairly hefty, however, which is where readers get to work, helping us whittle down this sheer amount to a more manageable number. So go to and start voting!

Make no mistake that area businesses are mighty pleased whenever they are named the Best of Syracuse. You won’t find their awards hidden away, like old license plates nailed on a backyard shed. The awards are presented with pride for everyone to see; check out the awards wall as you dine at Strong Hearts Café, 719 E. Genesee St., or while ordering a hot fudge sundae at Gannon’s Isle, 1525 Valley Drive.

There’s plenty to admire about our neck of the woods, and the Best of Syracuse poll offers readers a chance to salute their favorites. So put your best foot forward and help us select the best of Central New York’s bounty.

Click here to nominate.

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