If you are a regular reader of the FUSSYLittleBLOG, then you are aware of Daniel’s campaign to rig the voting positively influence the results of the Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region poll.  If you are not a regular reader (and why not?), his basic premise is this: Subway is not the best sandwich in the Capital Region.

Essentially, Daniel would like the poll results to reflect the ACTUAL best things in the Capital Region, not the chain restaurants that seem to be the darlings of CR residents (god almighty, I don’t know why people think The Cheesecake Factory is so great). For more details on his campaign, head on over to his blog.

Since I (mostly) agree with The Profussor, I will put forth his ballot, and ask that you cast your vote as outlined below.  I don’t agree with every choice of his, and I hope Daniel will forgive me for offering a few self-indulgent substitutions (my choices are in parentheses).  He mostly asks that you stick to his suggestions with the boldfaced entries, since that will affect the results the most (think bloc-voting).

Here’s a link to the TU ballot – last day to vote is this Friday, April 23.

Page One
Best grocery (chain): Wegman’s
Best grocery (single location): Asian Supermarket – 1245 Central Ave
Best wine store: Trader Joe’s

Best beer store: Oliver’s Beverage Center/The Brew Crew, 105 Colvin Ave., Albany
Best bakery: Mrs. London’s
Best chocolate shop: The Chocolate Gecko
Best ethnic market: Kim’s Oriental Shop
Best farmers market: Troy Waterfront Farmers Market
(Schenectady Greenmarket – W)
Best health food store (single location): Honest Weight Food Co-op

Best drug store/pharmacy: Crestwood Pharmacy
Best men’s fashions: Nordstrom’s
Best women’s fashions: Circle’s
Best teens’ fashions: Plato’s Closet
Best place to buy a wedding dress: Angela’s Bridal – 1811 Western Ave
Best sporting goods: Dick’s
Best hardware: Pfeil Hardware – 63 3rd Street, Troy
Best nursery/garden center: Hewitt’s
Best art supply: Arlene’s Artist Materials
Best furniture store: Old Brick Furniture Co.
Best mattress store: Old Brick Furniture Co.
Best appliance store: Central Restaurant Equipment

Best pet store: Benson’s Pet Center
Best cigar shop: Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe
Best bookstore (single location): Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza (Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady – W)
Best used bookstore: Dove & Hudson
Best local hotel (single location): 74 State
Best place in the region to gamble: Any of our Chinese buffets
Best bank/credit union: SEFCU
Best jeweler: Frank Adams Jewelers
Best auto dealer (single location): Northway Toyota
Best auto service: Larry’s Foreign Auto
Best hospital: Albany Med
Best veterinary clinic: Parkside Veterinary Hospital
Best plumber: Allen & Taub
Best landscaper: Faddegon’s Nursery
Best car wash: Raindancer
Best hairstylist: Ania Salon
Best barber: Patsy’s
Best spa/salon: Complexions Day Spa
Best dry cleaner: Quality Cleaners
Best shopping mall: Colonie Center
Best two-year college: Schenectady County Community College
Best four-year college: RPI
Best high school teacher (include name and school): Gary Gnirrep, English, 
Guilderland High School

Page Two
Best restaurant to open in the past year: Dale Miller
Best hamburger: New World Bistro Bar’s grass-fed beef burger
Best pizza: Pasquale’s
Best Buffalo wings: Ale House
Best sandwich shop: Andy & Sons Importing Co.
Best steak joint: Bear’s Steakhouse
Best Chinese/Japanese/Korean restaurant: Ala Shanghai
Best Indonesian/Thai/Vietnamese restaurant: Blue Spice
Best Indian/Pakistan restaurant: Karavalli
Best Mexican/Central/South American: Salsa Latina
Best Italian restaurant: Katrinella’s Bistro
Best vegetarian restaurant: The Phoenicians
Best ice cream: Snowman
Best hot dogs: Famous Lunch
(Newest Lunch -W)
Best sports bar: Graney’s Bar & Grill
Best wine bar: Lark Street Wine Bar
Best beer tavern: Mahar’s
Best cocktails: dp bistro
Best coffee joint (chain): Uncommon Grounds
Best coffee joint (single location): Professor Java’s
Best diner: Dewey’s

Page Three
Best regional ski resort: Gore Mountain
Best regional golf course: Saratoga National
Best gym/health club: Rudy A. Ciccotti Center
Best high school coach (include name and school): Ken Strube, Shenendehowa Girls Basketball
Best high school athlete (include name and school):
Best college coach (include name and school): Fran McCaffrey, Siena College men’s basketball
Best college athlete (include name and school):

Page Four
Best rock musician or band: Matt Loiacano (not exactly rock)
Best country musician or band: Back 40
Best classical musician or organization: Albany Symphony
Best concert in the past year: Dan Deacon at EMPAC
Best play or musical in the past year: Wicked
Best year-round theater company: Capital Rep
Best summer-only theater company: Park Playhouse
Best children’s theater: Steamer 10 Theatre
Best local comedian or comedy troupe: Wit&Will Theater at ZuZu’s Wonderful Life
Best art gallery: The Tang
Best museum: The Schenectady Museum
Best movie theater: Jericho Drive-In Theatre

Best local artist: Kevin Marshall
Best arts event in the past year: Troy Night Out

Page Five
Best TV news anchorperson: None
Best TV newscast: None
Best print journalist: Jessica Pasko

Best radio personality: Kristi Gustafson (sorry – Kristi annoys the sh*t out of me and I will not vote for her)
Best radio station: WAMC
Best local Web site: All Over Albany
Best local blogger:
Wendalicious’ Wendy V. (sorry, Daniel, but you know how it goes)
Best local tweeter: amymengel

Page Six
Best restaurant for kids – Chipotle

Best playground – The Crossings
Best public pool – Town of Bethlehem
Best place to buy kids’ clothes – Pass It On Children’s Consignment Sale
Best children’s library – William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie
Best museum for kids – State Museum, Empire State Plaza