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April 8, 2010

This week is all about the FUSSYlittleBALLOT.

Monday, I introduced the concept, and why it was important.
Tuesday, I revealed the slate.
Wednesday, I made the case for Wegmans and Trader Joe’s.

While there has been some great positive feedback about this effort to get big chains that are rife with mediocrity off our proud city’s Best of 2010 list, there has also been some constructive criticism.

But after reading through the comments, there are a few things I would like to explain.

When I used to work with a lot of national magazines, they would often talk about “reader service.”  If you unravel the jargon, the publications were trying to provide information that their readers could actually use, and that would be helpful.

In part that is what I was aiming for when coming up with recommendations for the entire 100-question ballot.

The reality is that I only truly care about the categories that I put in boldface (sorry Mr. Marshall).  But at the same time, I felt a ballot that left so many unanswered questions just fell flat in terms of “reader service.”

I thought it would be more useful for readers to have a single stop shop for their ballots.

As some of you have noticed, this has resulted in some choices that are disagreeable.  Can any amount of research prepare an older bald man to gauge the best hair stylist?  I’m not sure.

I’m also still not sure if preparing the whole slate is a bad idea.

Next year it would be fabulous if I could find some local blogs with a focus in local sports, media, music and art to partner with in creating the full slate.  Thank you for the inspiration that brought me to this rather obvious conclusion.

But here are the short answers to the criticism over the last few days:

–       Of all the places that are trying to be sports bars, the wings at Graney’s are best.
–       WAMC made the list despite Alan Chartock’s presence.
–       For Karavalli I went with the popular foodie favorite.
–       The Colonie children’s library handily won last year, and I saw no need to rock the boat.
–       Chipotle gets on the list for brining ethically raised and sustainable meats to Albany.
–       I love Van’s.  People will argue Vans versus My Linh, but everyone agrees on Blue Spice.
–       Actually, I had Townsend on my first draft. The perils of being bald.
–       Friends of mine were at Dan Deacon. Heard the stories. Saw the pictures. Stunning.
–       Vegetarians get totally screwed here. Oliver’s Naturals was great. Now it’s gone.

I am not typically comfortable with short response answers.  But I am also trying to save you all (and Mrs. Fussy) from reading dedicated posts on each of these topics.

Hopefully these short answers give you the confidence you need to vote for the slate (or at least the boldfaced categories).  But I do not just want your vote.  I need your help in spreading the word.  Blog about it.  Tweet about it.  Put it up on Facebook.  Send out an email.  Accost your friends and neighbors.

You can even use this short link
Although now that I look at it, it’s not that short.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard Nixon permalink
    April 8, 2010 9:05 am

    Even if I agreed that Graney’s wings were “the best” out of the bars trying to be sports bars, I would still say that’s a poor way to judge best sports bar. The hallmark of being a good sports bar is, you know, being able to watch sports. Graney’s fails. Have you tried to watch a game at Graney’s?

    Your rationale behind this selection makes me question everything you’ve ever written.

  2. Ewan permalink
    April 8, 2010 12:00 pm

    What does everyone agree on Blue Spice? Good or bad?

  3. April 8, 2010 6:30 pm

    It’s not short – succinct.

    As of yet, I still haven’t visited Blue Spice. And when did Oliver’s go belly up?

  4. April 28, 2010 3:07 pm

    Oliver’s Naturals moved to its new location on Hill Street (behind Flavour Cafe) in Troy’s little Italy late last year. Unfortunately, the crowd of regulars did not all follow and the Tuesday open mic nights were never reinstated.

    Adam closed the shop in March, and we took down the short-lived website. You can still become a fan of Oliver’s on Facebook — should the cafe ever re-open, it would be posted there.

    It was a truly wonderful cafe and I miss the fantastic vegetarian food, warm atmosphere and small but vibrant community that Oliver’s brought to Troy.

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