10 Signs You Know Youre From Rochester

Raise your hand if you’re from upstate New York and proud. Are you sick of New York City stealing all the New York state thunder? We are, too! To celebrate our Rochester pride, we’ve put together a locals-only list. Here are 10 reasons you know you’re from the great city of Rochester…

  • There is no such thing as a snow day.

Waking up to two feet of snow barely phases you these days. It doesn’t matter how much snow is on the ground, chances are, you and your kids will still be going to work and/or school.

Despite an average snowfall of 95 inches per year (almost eight feet!), you know that in Rochester, bad weather just means it’s business as usual. So load up the SUV, strap on your boots, bundle up, and brace yourself for a day in the snow.

  • A garbage plate actually sounds appetizing.

To anyone not familiar with this Rochester delicacy, a garbage plate might sound like something you don’t want anywhere near your mouth. But as a local, you know how delicious this mountain of greasy, diner-food awesomeness truly is.

You’ve probably got your favorite, go-to garbage plate restaurant in town, and we’re willing to bet its Nick Tahou Hots. While other garbage plates come close, nothing beats the original, right?

  • Your idea of a night on the town is a trip to Wegmans.

If you’re from Rochester, Wegmans is a way of life. It’s your one-stop shop for, well, everything. With a grocery store, deli, pharmacy, bakery, international market … what more could you want?

It goes without saying that Wegmans is a great place to shop. But you’d be lying if you said you hadn’t spent a Friday night there with your significant other or friends. Between the people watching and the window shopping — sometimes it’s hard to leave.

  • Summer festivals keep you busy all season long.

When’s the last time you took a summer vacation? In Rochester, the vacation comes to you with festival after festival between the months of May and August.

Between the Greek Festival, the International Jazz Festival, and too many others to name, there’s really no need to travel. You’ll get your dose of wanderlust right here in town. Which is good, because this warm weather won’t last long and once fall rolls around, you might feel like seeking sunshine elsewhere.

  • You’re immune to the seasons.

Speaking of weather, you’re prepared for any circumstances on any given day. Just because the forecast says 65 and sunny, doesn’t mean it won’t be 35 and cloudy later.

That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea… The prospect of getting frostbite and sunburn on the same day is not out of the question. As a local, you know to always be prepared. Layers, people, layers.

  • It’s not a hot dog, it’s a red hot or a white hot.

…and you’re probably eating it at dogTown, dousing it with as many toppings as you can handle.

If you grew up in Rochester, you already know what you prefer — red or white. If you’re new to the hot dog game, here’s the run-down. A red hot is beef hot dog, and a white hot is pork hot dog.

Both are delicious, both taste better in Rochester.

  • You drink a lot of Stewart’s.

You know you’re from Rochester if your first date was at a Stewart’s.

Kidding (kind of). But in all seriousness, in Rochester, we take our Root Beer seriously. And we drink it with everything — especially a garbage plates. As a local, however, you know to never actually order a “root beer”. Instead, you ask for a Stewart’s.

  • Finding a legal parking spot is something you’ll never understand.

No matter how long you’ve lived in Rochester, understanding the “alternate parking” rules are still a total pain. Good luck explaining the rules to your out-of-town friends when they visit.

It’s Tuesday? Oh, okay, well you can only park on the even-numbered side of the street, but only until 7:00 p.m.

Easy, right?

Whether you know the rules or not, we’re willing to bet you’ve still got an outstanding parking ticket, or two. No shame there, it’s just part of the quirkiness that comes with living in Rochester.

  • Your diet is perpetually ruined by Abbott’s Custard.

Paleo? Vegan? Low-carb?

Good luck maintaining any type of diet once summer in Rochester rolls around. Why? Two words — Abbott’s Custard. This delicious local delicacy has been wrecking diets for years, and yours is no exception.

The line is totally worth the wait. Founded in 1902, this custard hot-spot has been around for over a century and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  • The term Ra-Cha-Cha is part of your daily lingo.

This is it. The moment you truly become a Rochester local through-and-through.

When you begin to refer to our fine city as the Ra-Cha-Cha, you know you’ve reached another level. Congratulations, we’re happy you’re here.

Looking for more local Rochester love?

Check out another list we created, the Top Things to Do in Rochester — a great resource for things to do with friends, family, and out-of-towners.



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