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Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:00 PM

Time again for LA hounds to vote for your favorites in our annual Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants survey. The concept is simple: everyone is asked to list, in rank order, your top 5 restaurants in LA County that you would recommend to houndly out-of-town visitors or to chowfriends for a special occasion. Since we worship at the altar of deliciousness, your ranking should be based 75% on food and 25% on everything else.

To join the fun, reply with a list of ONLY your top 5 choices. Responses with more than 5 choices will not be included. Replies with fewer than five choices will be tabulated. Your entries will be weighted arithmetically, 5 points for your #1 choice; 4 for #2, & so forth. A simple list will suffice, but any & all explanation is welcome.

More than 100 hounds responded last year. The more replies we receive, the more useful are the poll’s findings, so please do reply. We’ll keep the polls open until December 22 & publish the results shortly after the new year.

For openers, here’s the Grubmaster’s top 5:
1. Providence – #1 last year; clear #1 this year
2. Spago – still the reigning champion of the Champions Tasting Menu League
3. Babita – Who knew Mex could make your taste buds tingle?
4. A.O.C. – mellower, but just as tasty
5. Hungry Cat – doing what they do perfectly

Last year's results:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/76226...

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  1. David Kahn RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:15 PM

    1. Langers Deli
    2. Lucques
    3. Mi India Bonita
    4. Providence
    5. Tacos Baja Ensenada

    1. Schweinhaxen RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:21 PM

      1. Sushi Zo
      2. Spago
      3. Mastro's Beverly Hills
      4. BLD (Breakfast Only)
      5. Langer's Deli (#19 Sandwich)

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        TomSwift RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:21 PM

        1. Urasawa
        2. Providence
        3. Langer's - pastrami only
        4. Valentino
        5. Spago

        1. ipsedixit RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:25 PM

          1. Cut
          2. Sea Harbour
          3. Babita
          4. Spago
          5. Dai Ho

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            Lawn Wrangler RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:28 PM

            1. Spago
            2. Mastro's
            3. Bay Cities Deli
            4. Hungry Cat
            5. Joe's

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              estone888 RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:31 PM

              Providence
              J&J Shanghai
              New Concept
              Babita
              Water Grill

              1. jcwla RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:35 PM

                1. The Grill on the Alley -- the epitome of consistent excellence and superior service
                2. Urasawa -- L.A.'s one world-class restaurant would be #1 if Hiro replaced some of the starchy early courses that weigh you down too soon
                3. Peppone -- the dark, homey, always delicious Italian perennial that will make anything you want however you want it
                4. R-23 -- the one place in town that has consistently surprised and impressed my jaded East Coast friends
                5. A.O.C. -- one of the few truly innovative restaurants in town, the original and the best in "small plates"

                1. kingkong5 RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:36 PM

                  Mr. Grub,

                  Great idea and I see that this is a great chowhound tradition. Would you mind if I set up a similar poll for those of us in Orange County?

                  We don't have as many nice places or unique experiences as you do up in LA, but I think it would serve as a great resource not only for us in the OC, but also for you Angelinos if you ever come down this way.

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                    Professor Salt RE: kingkong5 Dec 12, 2006 07:03 PM

                    Somebody usually does. If you're handy with Excel and willing to take on the work, why not you this year?

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                    Wilde RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 06:51 PM

                    1) Langer's
                    2) Monte Alban
                    3) Wat Thai Temple
                    4) Meals By Genet
                    5) Tacos Baja Ensenda

                    1. hrhboo RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 07:02 PM

                      1. Providence
                      2. Opus
                      3. Guelaguetza
                      4. La Buca
                      5. Orris

                      I have only had Sunday Supper at Lucques so I don't think I can accurately judge the restaurant, and I (shamefully) haven't made it to AOC yet.

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                        BrookieStyles RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 07:06 PM

                        1) Mastro's
                        2) Lucques
                        3) Katsuya (Valley NOT Brentwood)
                        4) Providence
                        5) Dan Tana's

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                          BabyLitigator RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 07:15 PM

                          1. Grace
                          2. Sushi Zo
                          3. Monte Alban
                          4. Enoteca Drago
                          5. Kiriko

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                            jenngen RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 07:18 PM

                            1) Grace
                            2) A.O.C.
                            3) Kazu
                            4) Vincente
                            5) Cut

                            1. Debbie W RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 07:23 PM

                              1. Spago
                              2. Urasawa
                              3. Babita
                              4. Kiriko
                              5. Jar

                              1. Reeter1 RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 07:28 PM

                                These are not ranked in order of preference, it's just five:

                                1. Bistro K - South Pasadena
                                2. Opus - midcity
                                3. Din Tai Fung - Arcadia
                                4. Phong Dinh - Rosemead (where else can you eat ostrich or snake?)
                                5. Sushi Gen - Little Tokyo

                                There's so many great places to eat in this town, but we are regulars at these five!

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                                  slbear RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 07:32 PM

                                  1. Spago
                                  2. AOC
                                  3. Providence
                                  4. Kiriko
                                  5. Mastro's

                                  1. russkar RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 07:32 PM

                                    #1 PROVIDENCE (best meal of 06',Lunch 12-7-06)
                                    #2 URASAWA (what else can be said about the finest Japanese cuisine in the land?)
                                    #3 SPAGO (TM twice last month, absolutely amazing)
                                    #4 MELISSE (should be a One Star Michelin)
                                    #5 VALENTINO (best Alba White Truffles)

                                    1. Grog RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 07:33 PM

                                      Thanks for doing this again Mr G.

                                      1. Providence
                                      2. Go's Mart (Sushi)
                                      3. Bistro K
                                      4. AOC
                                      5. Z Sushi

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                                        wakko11 RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 08:03 PM

                                        1. Sushi Iki
                                        2. Providence
                                        3. Langer's
                                        4. Spago
                                        5. King's Fish House

                                        1. JAB RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 08:19 PM

                                          1. Osteria La Buca
                                          2. Bistro 561
                                          3. La Terza

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                                            LAfoodfiend RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 08:50 PM

                                            1.Providence
                                            2.Opus
                                            3.La Buca
                                            4.Mozza
                                            5.Hungry Cat

                                            1. DanaB RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 08:51 PM

                                              1. Providence
                                              2. Mozza
                                              3. Canele
                                              4. A.O.C.
                                              5. Babita

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                                                mc michael RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 09:12 PM

                                                1. Cut
                                                2. A.O.C.
                                                3. Hungry Cat
                                                4. R23
                                                5. Red White & Bluezz

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                                                  Newkie RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 09:27 PM

                                                  1. AOC
                                                  2. Grace
                                                  3. Spago
                                                  4. Angelini Osteria
                                                  5. Ortolan

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                                                    sunnygordy RE: Mr Grub Dec 12, 2006 11:39 PM

                                                    1. Hatfield's
                                                    2. Literati II
                                                    3. Hungry Cat
                                                    4. Sanamualang Cafe
                                                    5. Lucques

                                                    1. Moomin RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 12:01 AM

                                                      1. Krua Thai
                                                      2. Langer's
                                                      3. Jay Bahrat
                                                      4. Zankou
                                                      5. Monte Alban

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                                                        mc michael RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 12:53 AM

                                                        Not to turn this into a horse race, but a cursory view suggests Providence, A.O.C and Spago are in the lead. (And no votes yet for Tito's.)

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                                                          Nicole RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 12:59 AM

                                                          1)Providence
                                                          2)Jiraffe
                                                          3)Josie
                                                          4)Matsuhisa
                                                          5)Mako

                                                          I'm sure about #1, but the order of #s 2-5 was harder to decide, and I'm leaving off some older favorites that I haven't been to as recently (e.g, Water Grill, AOC).

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                                                            Diana RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 01:03 AM

                                                            *sigh* third tries a charm? c'mon guys, I'm NOT saying it!

                                                            1. Providence
                                                            2. Spago
                                                            3. Asanebo
                                                            4. Rahel

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                                                              markn RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 01:05 AM

                                                              1 Spago
                                                              2 Mako
                                                              3 Jar
                                                              4 Asanebo
                                                              5 Grace

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                                                                njr RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 01:12 AM

                                                                1. Providence
                                                                2. Bistro K
                                                                3. Hungry Cat
                                                                4. Langer's (pastrami only)
                                                                5. Daikokuya (Ramen only)

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                                                                  webb RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 01:20 AM

                                                                  1. Sushi Zo
                                                                  2. Babita
                                                                  3. Chung King
                                                                  4. Opus
                                                                  5. Sona

                                                                  1. SauceSupreme RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 01:48 AM

                                                                    1. Grace
                                                                    2. Angelini Osteria
                                                                    3. Lucques
                                                                    4. AOC
                                                                    5. Spago

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                                                                      mcsmcs RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 02:11 AM

                                                                      1. Angelini Osteria
                                                                      2. Lu Din Gee
                                                                      3. AOC
                                                                      4. China Islamic
                                                                      5. Babita

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                                                                        ks in la RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 04:05 AM

                                                                        1. Providence
                                                                        2. AOC
                                                                        3. Kiriko
                                                                        4. La Casita Mexicana
                                                                        5. Attari Sandwiches

                                                                        1. chica RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 07:45 AM

                                                                          1. Spago
                                                                          2. Matsuhisa
                                                                          3. Saddle Peak Lodge
                                                                          4. CUT
                                                                          5. Din Tai Fung

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                                                                            kikyo RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 03:02 PM

                                                                            For it's definitely:

                                                                            1. Providence
                                                                            2. Angelini Osteria
                                                                            3. A.O.C.
                                                                            4. Angeli Caffe
                                                                            5. Jar

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                                                                              RicRios RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 03:38 PM

                                                                              I must paraphrase here LA's restaurant scene with something a professor once said, after a PhD candidate defended his research paper:

                                                                              "I can see here a lot of good work, and a lot of new work. Unfortunately, the new is not good, and the good is not new".

                                                                              Well, as far as I'm concerned, even the old trustworthy is becoming worn out. Too many disappointments this year. Places that used to be very reliable, being abandoned or disregarded to shift emphasis on the flashy showy brand new.
                                                                              Too many excellent reliable kitchens going out of business. Unrelentless pursuit of hype, entire disregard for the soul.

                                                                              Sorry folks, this year I must abstain.

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                                                                                jcwla RE: RicRios Dec 13, 2006 09:15 PM

                                                                                Great quotation, Ric.

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                                                                                  Griller141 RE: RicRios Dec 15, 2006 04:45 AM

                                                                                  OK, at the risk of appearing depressed, and after much thought, 2006 is a year that I, too, cannot offer much in the way of "great" in LA. First time in 8 years on this board. Now, ask me about New York or SF and I can provide a list with the only difficulty being limiting it to 5. Spago's tasting was great in 2003, 4, and 5, but it's hard to for me to get excited after the first four times. Providence is a little too far out for my taste; Sona is way too wierd. AOC too frenetic and under delivers. Maybe the Ritz Huntington in Pasadena, but irregular service and not quite ready for prime time vibe. Will try Cut soon.

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                                                                                    mc michael RE: Griller141 Dec 15, 2006 01:41 PM

                                                                                    That's a pretty good list of 5.

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                                                                                      Griller141 RE: mc michael Dec 16, 2006 02:59 AM

                                                                                      Ritz Huntington last night was ok, though expensive. Might be an entry to the list. I guess I did list five, but I would not want to be quoted as saying they were great. Next year!

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                                                                                  ckbear RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 04:39 PM

                                                                                  1. Spago
                                                                                  2. Sona
                                                                                  3. La Cachette
                                                                                  4. Lucques
                                                                                  5. Sasabune

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                                                                                    janelle RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 06:29 PM

                                                                                    1) Hatfields
                                                                                    2) A.O.C.
                                                                                    3) Jiraffe
                                                                                    4) Lucques
                                                                                    5) Sona

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                                                                                      nimo RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 07:05 PM

                                                                                      1. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                      2. Providence
                                                                                      3. Mako
                                                                                      4. Sushi 4 on 6
                                                                                      5. Normans (RIP vote)

                                                                                      1. Maxmillion RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 07:09 PM

                                                                                        1. Lucques - for when we want a top notch, superb dinner out;
                                                                                        2. Ortolan - haute cuisine for special occasions;
                                                                                        3. A.O.C. - for good wine, excellent late night snacks and a lively scene;
                                                                                        4. Ruth's Chris (Bev Hills) - for consistently fantastic steak, great service and celeb spotting;
                                                                                        5. Mozza -- my new fave Italian joint (their pizza trumps Mama Buca's, and those stuffed, fried zucchini blossoms -- oh my!!)

                                                                                        1. sku RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 08:19 PM

                                                                                          1. Sona
                                                                                          2. Cut
                                                                                          3. La Fonda Anteoqueno (Colombian)
                                                                                          4. Mastro's
                                                                                          5. Langer's

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                                                                                            New Trial RE: Mr Grub Dec 13, 2006 09:43 PM

                                                                                            Mine is weighted primarily toward the more recently opened places--not that I haven't had wonderful, memorable meals at older favorites but it was the discovery of the new that, this year, really made me go, AHH! I briefly debated reversing the order of Providence and Hatfield's but decided not to skew the results of the poll just for the sake of a Chowish acronym (and if we were to throw Mozza into the mix in just the right place. . . .).

                                                                                            1. Cut
                                                                                            2. Providence
                                                                                            3. Opus
                                                                                            4. Hatfield's
                                                                                            5. Sushi Zo

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                                                                                              lizziee RE: Mr Grub Dec 14, 2006 12:32 AM

                                                                                              1. Urasawa
                                                                                              2. Providence
                                                                                              3. Spago - tasting menu
                                                                                              4. Secret Japanese Beef Place
                                                                                              5. Il Grano - summer tomato menu

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                                                                                                banquisha RE: Mr Grub Dec 14, 2006 01:33 AM

                                                                                                Mastro's
                                                                                                Mako
                                                                                                Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                Jiraffe
                                                                                                Matsuhisa

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                                                                                                  LAeater RE: Mr Grub Dec 14, 2006 04:49 AM

                                                                                                  Campanile
                                                                                                  Jar
                                                                                                  Literati II
                                                                                                  Providence
                                                                                                  Izayoi

                                                                                                  1. pleasurepalate RE: Mr Grub Dec 14, 2006 05:29 AM

                                                                                                    1) Golden Triangle
                                                                                                    2) Alejandro's
                                                                                                    3) Babita
                                                                                                    4) Sa Rit Gol
                                                                                                    5) La Casita

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                                                                                                      JBC RE: Mr Grub Dec 14, 2006 05:50 PM

                                                                                                      1) Saddle Peak Lodge
                                                                                                      2) Matsuhisa
                                                                                                      3) Mako
                                                                                                      4) Chinois on Main
                                                                                                      5) Normans (R.I.P.) *

                                                                                                      * Now Closed, but was opened for most of 2006 (Is that within the rules? Or does it still have to be in operation on 12/31/06 ?)

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                                                                                                        oddasiangirl RE: Mr Grub Dec 14, 2006 06:12 PM

                                                                                                        1. Providence
                                                                                                        2. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                        3. Asanebo
                                                                                                        4. Osteria La Buca
                                                                                                        5. JAR

                                                                                                        1. meganinlosfeliz RE: Mr Grub Dec 14, 2006 08:39 PM

                                                                                                          1. Providence
                                                                                                          2. AOC
                                                                                                          3. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                          4. Azami Sushi
                                                                                                          5. The Hungry Cat

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                                                                                                            rastan RE: Mr Grub Dec 15, 2006 05:02 PM

                                                                                                            1. Chung King
                                                                                                            2. Babita
                                                                                                            3. Meals By Genet
                                                                                                            4. La Buca
                                                                                                            5. Roy's

                                                                                                            1. foleydog RE: Mr Grub Dec 16, 2006 03:47 AM

                                                                                                              1. Providence
                                                                                                              2. Sushi Zo
                                                                                                              3. La Buca
                                                                                                              4. Pupuseria del Valle
                                                                                                              5. My Secret Recipe

                                                                                                              I'm so glad to see that folks are going to Monte Alban. New Times LA reviewed it about 5 years ago, and it's always great, and cheap.

                                                                                                              I don't understand the Hungry Cat and AOC. No matter how hard I try I just don't get it. I can't leave these places without a faint feeling of nausea. And all those new H'Wood places (Citizen Smith/Magnolia - aarrggh).

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                                                                                                                mc michael RE: foleydog Dec 16, 2006 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                Different strokes.

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                                                                                                                  Reeter1 RE: foleydog Dec 16, 2006 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                  I'm with you here. I've been going to Monte Alban for the past five years and am always wowed by their moles! And I've tried Hungry Cat a couple of times, but never ate anything that really stood out. The food is good -- no doubt about it -- but no better than a dozen similar places around town.

                                                                                                                2. mikeop34 RE: Mr Grub Dec 16, 2006 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                  1. Spago
                                                                                                                  2. Jar
                                                                                                                  3. Harvest Inn
                                                                                                                  4. Locanda Veneta
                                                                                                                  5. New Concept

                                                                                                                  Harvest Inn is my favorite Chinese restaurant in the LA area. It's located in Glendale, so it doesn't get the same Chowhound action that SGV places do. Relatively upscale, and their chef uses much finer technique and ingredients than most SGV and Chinatown places.

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                                                                                                                    radman123 RE: Mr Grub Dec 16, 2006 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                    1. Mozza
                                                                                                                    2. Sushi 101
                                                                                                                    3. Asanebo
                                                                                                                    4. Norman's
                                                                                                                    5. Langers

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                                                                                                                      dim2000 RE: Mr Grub Dec 16, 2006 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                      1. Sona
                                                                                                                      2. Norman's
                                                                                                                      3. Sushi nozawa
                                                                                                                      4. Angelini's
                                                                                                                      5. Mike and Ann in South Pasadena

                                                                                                                      1. Ciao Bob RE: Mr Grub Dec 16, 2006 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                        1. Providence
                                                                                                                        2. Luques
                                                                                                                        3. Chung King
                                                                                                                        4. Ham Ji Park
                                                                                                                        5. Giogio Baldi

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                                                                                                                          emosbaugh RE: Mr Grub Dec 16, 2006 10:59 PM

                                                                                                                          1. Spago
                                                                                                                          2. Jar
                                                                                                                          3. Hatfield's
                                                                                                                          4. La Buca
                                                                                                                          5. Angelini Osteria

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                                                                                                                            VealParmGuy RE: Mr Grub Dec 16, 2006 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                            1. JAR
                                                                                                                            2. AOC
                                                                                                                            3. Table 8 - The off menu salt roasted porterhouse is a thing of genius
                                                                                                                            4. Nozawa
                                                                                                                            5. Vivoli - Sentimental favorite

                                                                                                                            In previous years, would have voted for Sona, Asenabo but didn't eat there in 2006

                                                                                                                            1. Epicure RE: Mr Grub Dec 16, 2006 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                              1. Mako (I would kill for the pesto basmati!)
                                                                                                                              2. Josie
                                                                                                                              3. Christine (worth driving to Torrance!)
                                                                                                                              4. Lucques
                                                                                                                              5. Chaya Brasserie

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                                                                                                                                gearoy RE: Mr Grub Dec 16, 2006 11:26 PM

                                                                                                                                From among places I actually ate in 2006:

                                                                                                                                1. AOC
                                                                                                                                2. Canele
                                                                                                                                3. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                4. New Concept
                                                                                                                                5. Hungry Cat

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                                                                                                                                  redvines RE: Mr Grub Dec 17, 2006 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                  Sona
                                                                                                                                  Nozawa
                                                                                                                                  Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                  Lee Kum Kee
                                                                                                                                  Hatfields

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                                                                                                                                    cvc RE: Mr Grub Dec 17, 2006 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                    With my added caveat of having dined at each of these restaurants at least once in 2006 and three times overall.

                                                                                                                                    AOC
                                                                                                                                    Hatfield's
                                                                                                                                    Max
                                                                                                                                    Il Grano
                                                                                                                                    Clementine's

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                                                                                                                                      SauceSupreme RE: cvc Dec 18, 2006 07:42 PM

                                                                                                                                      I'm hoping that's the case with all of these lists, otherwise it's a bit disingenious.

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                                                                                                                                      ChineseChou RE: Mr Grub Dec 18, 2006 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                      1. Grace
                                                                                                                                      2. Bistro K
                                                                                                                                      3. La Buca
                                                                                                                                      4. Mako
                                                                                                                                      5. Trattoria Tre Venezie

                                                                                                                                      1. The Chowhound Team RE: Mr Grub Dec 18, 2006 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                        Just a reminder that this is a fun activity driven by one of our members and is not an officially sanctioned Chowhound survey. Nobody is expected or obligated to participate.

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                                                                                                                                          calabasas_trafalgar RE: Mr Grub Dec 18, 2006 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                          BOA(Santa Monica)
                                                                                                                                          La Paz
                                                                                                                                          Shaab
                                                                                                                                          Engine Co. 28
                                                                                                                                          Shinsengumi Yakitori

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                                                                                                                                            WHills RE: Mr Grub Dec 18, 2006 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                            Ruth's Chris
                                                                                                                                            Full House
                                                                                                                                            Shibuya in Calabasas
                                                                                                                                            Shiensengumi Yakitori
                                                                                                                                            Summit House

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                                                                                                                                              Getting Fatter RE: Mr Grub Dec 18, 2006 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                              Cut
                                                                                                                                              Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                              Orris
                                                                                                                                              Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                              AOC

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                                                                                                                                                thegrifter RE: Mr Grub Dec 18, 2006 11:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                1. Providence
                                                                                                                                                2. Cut
                                                                                                                                                3. JAR
                                                                                                                                                4. La Buca
                                                                                                                                                5. Sona

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                                                                                                                                                  donnival RE: Mr Grub Dec 18, 2006 11:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                  1. Lucques
                                                                                                                                                  2. A.O.C.
                                                                                                                                                  3. Nook Bistro (more of a non-occasion but still awesome)
                                                                                                                                                  4. Providence
                                                                                                                                                  5. Yongsusan

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                                                                                                                                                    piper2674 RE: Mr Grub Dec 19, 2006 02:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                    1. Sushi 4 on 6
                                                                                                                                                    2. Brent's Deli - Northridge location (puts Langers to shame IMHO)
                                                                                                                                                    3. Josie
                                                                                                                                                    4. Saddle Peak Lodge
                                                                                                                                                    5. Mastro's

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                                                                                                                                                      Marco Polo RE: Mr Grub Dec 19, 2006 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                      1. Providence
                                                                                                                                                      2. Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                      3. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                                      4. Spago
                                                                                                                                                      5. Jar

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                                                                                                                                                        sloanedone RE: Mr Grub Dec 19, 2006 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                                        AOC
                                                                                                                                                        La Terza
                                                                                                                                                        La Buca
                                                                                                                                                        Mozza

                                                                                                                                                        Do I like Italian much?

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                                                                                                                                                          hbbio493 RE: Mr Grub Dec 19, 2006 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                          1. Christy's - Long Beach
                                                                                                                                                          2. Frankie's - Melrose (LA)
                                                                                                                                                          3. Cuban Bistro - Alhambra
                                                                                                                                                          4. Las Fuentes - Reseda
                                                                                                                                                          5. Mulberry Pizza - Ventura (cant have a list without the pie in it).

                                                                                                                                                          Happy Holidays!

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                                                                                                                                                            RacerX RE: hbbio493 Dec 20, 2006 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Hey awesome, finally some love for Frankie's on Melrose! It never seems to get a mention on the board but I love the shrimp fra diablo and their steak au poivre.

                                                                                                                                                            My list:

                                                                                                                                                            1)Lawrys
                                                                                                                                                            2)Langers
                                                                                                                                                            3)Din Tai Fung
                                                                                                                                                            4)Tama Sushi
                                                                                                                                                            5)Frankies on Melrose

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                                                                                                                                                            Obessed RE: Mr Grub Dec 19, 2006 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                            1. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                                            2. Hatfield's
                                                                                                                                                            3. Vivoli Trattoria
                                                                                                                                                            4. AOC
                                                                                                                                                            5. Oinkster

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                                                                                                                                                              ziggy99 RE: Mr Grub Dec 19, 2006 11:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                              1. Providence
                                                                                                                                                              2. AOC
                                                                                                                                                              3. Mozza
                                                                                                                                                              4. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                                              5. Jar

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                                                                                                                                                                socal boy RE: Mr Grub Dec 20, 2006 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                1.Spago
                                                                                                                                                                2.Melisse
                                                                                                                                                                3.Jiraffe
                                                                                                                                                                4.La Terza
                                                                                                                                                                5.Chung King

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                                                                                                                                                                  herculesmulligan RE: Mr Grub Dec 20, 2006 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                  2. Grace
                                                                                                                                                                  3. Metro Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                  4. Beechwood
                                                                                                                                                                  5. Jar

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                                                                                                                                                                    Pali RE: Mr Grub Dec 20, 2006 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                                                    2. AOC
                                                                                                                                                                    3. Melisse
                                                                                                                                                                    4. Josie
                                                                                                                                                                    5. La Terza

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                                                                                                                                                                      roastingjoe RE: Mr Grub Dec 20, 2006 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Whist at the Viceroy - nails on the entire tasting menu
                                                                                                                                                                      2. Opus - the previous posts speak for themselves
                                                                                                                                                                      3. Jitalda - the most consistent and friendliest Thai restraurant in Thaitown
                                                                                                                                                                      4. Honey Pig - very underated K-town star
                                                                                                                                                                      5. Jiraffe - consistency deserves reward

                                                                                                                                                                      And may I commend the above posters...nary a mention of Campanile, the most over-rated restaurant on earth.

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                                                                                                                                                                        DeskPotato RE: Mr Grub Dec 20, 2006 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Swan - Thai, North Hollywood
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Frankie's on Melrose - Italian
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Bay Cities - Italian deli
                                                                                                                                                                        4. El Tapatio - Mexican
                                                                                                                                                                        5. King's Fish House - Seafood

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                                                                                                                                                                          Baby Ruth RE: Mr Grub Dec 20, 2006 09:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Of the places I've eaten this year:

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Grace
                                                                                                                                                                          2. La Cachette
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Melisse
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Patina
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Saddle Peak Lodge

                                                                                                                                                                          Grace gets number one for overall consistency, and multiple visits over multiple years. La Cachette utterly blew me away with their tasting menu. Melisse was a first visit and a very close third on this list. Patina was a repeat visit after several years, and I loved it. Saddle Peak is an old favorite that is still going strong.

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                                                                                                                                                                            yumo RE: Mr Grub Dec 21, 2006 01:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Sona
                                                                                                                                                                            2. Angelini
                                                                                                                                                                            3. Sushi Gen
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Yakitori-ya
                                                                                                                                                                            5. AOC

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                                                                                                                                                                              mayjay RE: Mr Grub Dec 21, 2006 02:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              1) El Parian
                                                                                                                                                                              2) La Cachette
                                                                                                                                                                              3) AOC
                                                                                                                                                                              4) Luques
                                                                                                                                                                              5) Josie

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                                                                                                                                                                                Babette RE: Mr Grub Dec 21, 2006 02:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Josie
                                                                                                                                                                                2. Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                3. Osteria Angelini
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Water Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                5. Providence

                                                                                                                                                                                1. OrlandoChef RE: Mr Grub Dec 21, 2006 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Water Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Hungry Cat

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                                                                                                                                                                                    mistertoast RE: Mr Grub Dec 21, 2006 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Grace
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Orris
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Jiraffe

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                                                                                                                                                                                      dokle RE: Mr Grub Dec 21, 2006 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Sona (Los Angeles)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Matsuhisa (Los Angeles)
                                                                                                                                                                                      King taco (East L.A.)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Sanamluang (Hollywood)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Nazam (Los Angeles)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tom P RE: Mr Grub Dec 21, 2006 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Granted I have yet to try Jiraffe (I keep trying to get there, but have been sidelined a couple of times), here are my picks for this year:

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. LUCQUES - always dependable, always wonderful.
                                                                                                                                                                                        2. BLAIR'S - for being a very consistent neighborhood place, and in particular for their
                                                                                                                                                                                        Lamb T-Bones, perhaps my favorite current dish in LA. Wow.
                                                                                                                                                                                        3. DAN TANA'S - Controversial I know, but if you order the Garlic Bread, the Caesar, The
                                                                                                                                                                                        Dabney Coleman medium rare and a side of the Diavalo Pasta, it is the perfect
                                                                                                                                                                                        meal. I had it four times this year and it was excellent every time.
                                                                                                                                                                                        4. CUT – The meal was very good, the service great but what puts this on the list for
                                                                                                                                                                                        me is the sommelier, Dana. She lifts the restaurant into the stratosphere.
                                                                                                                                                                                        5. PHILIPPE’S – they do what they do and it is amazing. Pork with Blue Cheese is my favorite,
                                                                                                                                                                                        with a large dollop of the spicy mustard. And where else can you get
                                                                                                                                                                                        incredible wines by the glass for such ridiculously low prices?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          banquisha RE: Tom P Jan 3, 2007 01:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          yay for Phillipes!!!!! I LOOOOVE that place!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          ostudio RE: Mr Grub Dec 22, 2006 12:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                          Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                          Babita
                                                                                                                                                                                          Langers
                                                                                                                                                                                          Angelini Osteria

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                                                                                                                                                                                            JudiAU RE: Mr Grub Dec 22, 2006 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                            Opus
                                                                                                                                                                                            Campanile
                                                                                                                                                                                            Chung King

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mc michael RE: Mr Grub Dec 22, 2006 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              It's looking more and more like Providence for #1.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                carter RE: Mr Grub Dec 22, 2006 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hatfield's
                                                                                                                                                                                                Max
                                                                                                                                                                                                Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                                AOC
                                                                                                                                                                                                Carlito's Gardel

                                                                                                                                                                                                Most disappointing restaurants
                                                                                                                                                                                                Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                Providence

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  zack RE: carter Dec 23, 2006 12:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll agree with Mozza as disappointing but certainly not the most of 2006. It couldn't have possibly lived up to the hype and rave it initially got.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  What didn't you like about Providence? Overpriced, food quality just didn't cut it? I was just there last night and while it wasn't as excellent as my 1st experience, it ranks right up there in my top 10.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  ladymonty RE: Mr Grub Dec 22, 2006 10:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  BLD
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jar
                                                                                                                                                                                                  La Buca
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Grace

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    PhoShizzle RE: Mr Grub Dec 23, 2006 01:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1) Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2) Opus
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3) Violet
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4) Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                    5) La Buca

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. russkar RE: Mr Grub Jan 2, 2007 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jan 2nd 07'
                                                                                                                                                                                                      And the winners are?????????????????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr Grub RE: russkar Jan 2, 2007 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ???...to be announced soon. Patience, Grasshopper...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        dkawai RE: Mr Grub Jan 2, 2007 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Shibucho (OC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Sona
                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Celestino
                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Triumphal Palace
                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Mama's Kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. russkar RE: Mr Grub Jan 3, 2007 12:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stop teasing me and the rest of the Hounds!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Inquiring minds want to know were to eat in LA in 07'. Without your list we won't know where to go?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr Grub, isn't it time to say?:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now snatch the Pebble from my Hand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Baby Ruth RE: Mr Grub Jan 3, 2007 12:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            i agree. inquiring minds want to know ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kenny T RE: Mr Grub Jan 3, 2007 03:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              josie
                                                                                                                                                                                                              water grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                              opus
                                                                                                                                                                                                              whist
                                                                                                                                                                                                              tlapazola

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Griller141 RE: Mr Grub Jan 6, 2007 02:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                As Nimitz wired to Halsey (10/25/44), "The World Wonders..." Updates?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  montgomeryrossmore RE: Mr Grub Jan 6, 2007 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BLD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  La Buca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sushi Ike

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