Ultimate OC Restaurants, 2007 Edition
- kingkong5 Dec 7, 2007 12:23 PM
Can you believe the year has gone by so quickly?
The concept is simple: everyone is asked to list, in rank order, your top 5 restaurants in Orange 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.
50 OC 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 21 & publish the results shortly after the new year.
Last year's poll is here http://www.chowhound.com/topics/350718 but somehow the results thread got misplaced. I'll chime in with my five shortly.
1. Napa Rose
2. Studio at The Montage Resort
3. Marche Moderne
4. Stonehill Tavern
5. Mastro's (Costa Mesa)
1. Basilic (Balboa island)
2. The Ritz (NB)
3. Napa Rose (Chef's Counter)
4. Clae's (Chef Todd only)
5. Stonehill Tavern
2. Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen (in Orange)
3. Felix's Continental Cafe
5. Zinc Cafe
They aren't really special occasion places but they are places that I'd take people to. I've always wanted to participate in the ultimate OC thing, it's always seemed like so much fun. I also wish I could recommend some "fancy" restaurants but I really don't eat out at expensive places all too much.
We were at Studio a year ago but live and work in the area and hear only great reviews. An acquaintance, who frequents places like Gary Danko (SF), Auberge du Soleil (Napa), Stonehill Tavern, and Napa Rose, ate there on Thanksgiving Day (of all days) and said it was one of the best dining experiences he's ever had. To each his/her own I guess.
I do not live in OC so my experience is very limited there. My one and only special occasion restaurant experience is ST, and I thought it was quite fabulous.
And the votes are in ...
Stonehill Tavern 7
Marche Moderne 6
Napa Rose 4
The Ritz 3
21 Oceanfront 1
Cafe Hiro 1
Crow Bar & Kitchen 1
Dizz's As Is 1
El Adobe 1
Felix's Continental Cafe 1
Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen 1
Inka Mama 1
Old Vine Cafe 1
Ramos House Cafe 1
Seafood Paradise 1
Shin Sen Gumi 1
Studio at The Montage 1
Studio at The Montage Resort 1
Sushi Shibucho 1
Thai Nakorn 1
Traditions by Pascal 1
Zinc Cafe 1
I'm doing this a bit under protest, because a special occasion for me means getting to eat in some really interesting place, whether it's a fancy linen-napkin dress-up hoity-toity-food restaurant or not.
Taco Rosa (brunch)
My "Special Occasion" would also be for places I'd gladly take visitors out-of-town, but may not be "fancy" or "5 Star." (^_~) Good Food, first and foremost.
1. Marche Moderne
2. Shin Sen Gumi (Yakitori, not the Ramen side)
4. Sushi Shibucho
5. Thai Nakorn
On the one hand, special occasion could mean high-end, on the other hand I think taking people to Coyote Grill in Laguna Beach for a Sunday lunch and bloody mary would also be a special event. Assuming it's someone's wedding anniversary or landmark birthday, then I'd vote as follows:
1. Napa Rose
2. Stonehill Tavern
4. Marche Moderne
5. Anaheim White House
Thanks for participating everybody! The polls are closed, and I'll tabulate them up as quick as can be :)
btw, my five were
2. Sushi Wasabi
Last year's results (2006) were found: chowhound.chow.com/topics/356299
However, what I couldn't find were the results to this 2007 poll. I searched & searched (which is how I found the 2006 results) but came up empty handed for the 2007 poll results.
Anyway, I'm bringing a 2007 topic back b/c I'd like to see the results...however, this thread came in handy for recent meal planning. =)
I posted the 2007 results as promised last year. But it was deleted, and not knowing if the powers that be (The Chowhound Team) deleted it on purpose or accident, I didn't want to risk angering them by reposting.
Also, that's probably why I'm gun-shy about doing the 2008 poll, but if anyone really wants to do it, we could probably throw the 2008 Ultimate OC poll together?