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PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2007

I am picking up the tradition started by Mr. Grub of running an annual poll of Chowhounders' favorite Los Angeles restaurants.

If you already posted in the previous thread, you don't have to repost unless you're changing your mind. (I've already counted the following votes from the other thread: jlrobe, fdb, RicRios, Schweinhaxen, SauceSupreme and ipsedixit.)

Here is Mr. Grub's criteria from the 2006 poll, which I am adapting verbatim:

"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.

The more replies we receive, the more useful are the poll’s findings, so please do reply. We’ll keep the polls open until February 17 and post the results shortly thereafter."

Again, remember that first choice = 5 votes, second choice = 4 votes, etc. I will assume the first restaurant in your list will be the first choice and so on, so you don't have to number them.

For purposes of a fair tabulation, you should try to vote for EXACTLY FIVE restaurants. If you vote for more than five, only the first five listed will be tabulated. If you vote for fewer than five (say, three), your choice will only be tabulated with as many points as the number you voted for (so if you vote for only three restaurants, your first choice will only carry three votes, the second two, etc.)

Here are my top choices:

5. Campanile
4. Father's Office
3. Ranch House
2. Il Capriccio Pizzeria
1. Oinkster

I'm going to ask that this thread be pinned. Have at it!

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  1. 1. Hatfield's
    2. Lucques
    3. Tsukiji
    4. Orris
    5. Vitos (the pizza place)

    1. Again, please vote as a reply to the above.

      1. Hooray! Thanks for taking the time to tabulate this, maxzook.

        1. Providence
        2. Grace
        3. Hatfield's
        4. Josie
        5. Lucques

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        1. re: Nicole

          1) All Angelo
          2) Violet (especially sunday prefixe)
          3) Lucques
          4) Lou on Vine
          5) Pizzeria Mozza

        2. Maxzook, I love this, and thank you for picking up where Mr. Grub left off. But I think there may be some confusion, at least for "stupid" me. From your example, is Campanile your #1 choice receiving 5 votes or is the Oinkster your #1 choice receiving 5 votes. I'm sorry for not understanding because you really gave a nice description of what you're trying to accomplish. I feel like I'm back in school where I'm the only one who doesn't get it. Again, my apologies.

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          1. re: omakase

            Sorry, sleep deprivation is an ugly thing ... just indicate your choices in order from first choice to fifth choice ... I'll assign the points.

          2. #1. BASHAN (5 Votes)
            #2. SHIRO (4 Votes)
            #3. GRACE (3 Votes)
            #4. ORRIS (2 Votes)
            #5. K-Zo (1 Vote)

            1. 1. Urasawa
              2. Providence
              3. Melisse
              4. Totoraku
              5. Valentino (truffle dinner)
              6. All Angelo

              1. 1. Campanile
                2. Asanebo
                3. Arnie Morton's
                4. Capo
                5. Shiro

                1. revise my vote posted on the other thread:

                  1. Urasawa
                  2. La Botte (tasting menu)
                  3. Providence (non-tasting menu)
                  4. Abode (when Dominique Crenn was still cooking)
                  5. Asanebo (omakase)

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                  1. re: fdb

                    Revision noted.

                  2. 1/ Providence
                    2/ Comme Ca
                    3/ Grace
                    4/ Water Grill
                    5/ Oinkster

                    1. Choosing a top 5 is a delicious dilemma--I was tempted to engage in further discovery. Thanks for undertaking the task of tabulating.

                      1. Ortolan
                      2. Providence
                      3. Osteria Mozza
                      4. Jar
                      5. Sushi Zo

                      1. 1. Providence
                        2. Angelini Osteria
                        3. Fraiche
                        4. Z Sushi
                        5. Go's Mart

                        1. Excellent thread and effort, maxzook! :) Here's my Top 5 -

                          1. Osteria Mozza
                          2. Providence
                          3. Comme Ca
                          4. Sushi Zo
                          5. Sasabune

                          1. 1. Pizzeria Mozza
                            2. Vito's
                            3. Providence
                            4. All'Angelo
                            5. La Terza

                            1. I'm really surprised to see Oinkster in anyone's top 5. I love the fries but, have been unimpressed with the pastrami, pulled pork or, the burger. And it's 1 of those places that I want to like more but, just don't get.

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                              1. re: JAB

                                Agreed. I threw away the pastrami and the chicken sandwich after two anxious bites. And that aoli for the fries...ugh. They're in my bottom 3.

                              2. 1. All'Angelo
                                2. Ondal 2
                                3. Pizzeria Mozza
                                4. Orris
                                5. Bollini's Pizzeria Napolitana

                                1. 1. Urasawa
                                  2. La Buca
                                  3. Sushi 4 on 6
                                  4. Providence
                                  5. Vito's

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                                  1. re: nimo

                                    1. Toscana
                                    2. Spago
                                    3. On Sunset
                                    4. Cut
                                    5. Vincenti

                                  2. 1. Kazu
                                    2. Bastide
                                    3. Osteria Mozza
                                    4. All' Angelo
                                    5. Vincente

                                    1. 1. Providence
                                      2. Hungry Cat
                                      3. Canele
                                      4. Osteria Mozza
                                      5. Babita

                                      1. 1.Matsuhisa
                                        2.Chez Mimi
                                        3.Spanish Kitchen
                                        4.Lala's
                                        5.Rainbow Bar and Grill

                                        1. 1. pizzeria mozza
                                          2. don antonio's
                                          3. spago
                                          4. asia de cuba
                                          5. khun khao

                                          1. 1. Urasawa
                                            2. Providence
                                            3. Katsuya - Studio City
                                            4. Osteria Mozza
                                            5. Pizzeria Mozza

                                            1. 1. Lucques
                                              2. Canele'
                                              3. Water Grill
                                              4. Cut
                                              5. Pizzeria Mozza

                                              1. .1.angelini osteria

                                                1. 1. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                  2. Father's Office
                                                  3. Craft
                                                  4. Chinois
                                                  5. Spago

                                                  1. I love and hate this...

                                                    1. Urasawa
                                                    2. Grace
                                                    3. Providence
                                                    4. Via Veneto
                                                    5. Bin 8945

                                                    1. 1. Providence
                                                      2. Angelini
                                                      3. A.O.C
                                                      4. Asanebo
                                                      5. La Buca

                                                      1. 5. Tasca
                                                        4. Providence
                                                        3. Osteria Mozza
                                                        2. Spago
                                                        1. Melisse

                                                        1. 1. Fraiche
                                                          2. Lucques
                                                          3. Orris
                                                          4. Joe's (brunch)
                                                          5. Axe

                                                          1. 1. pizzaria mozza
                                                            2. hungry cat
                                                            3. urasawa
                                                            4. osteria mozza
                                                            5. clementine

                                                            1. 1. Providence
                                                              2. Campanile
                                                              3. Clementine
                                                              4. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                              5. The Wiener Factory (R.I.P.)

                                                              1. 1- Providence
                                                                2- Hatfields
                                                                3- Musha
                                                                4- Table 8
                                                                5- Campanile

                                                                1. 1. Lucques
                                                                  2. Osteria Mozza
                                                                  3. Providence
                                                                  4. All' Angelo
                                                                  5. Pizzeria Mozza

                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                  1. re: slbear

                                                                    1. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                    2. Hungry Cat
                                                                    3. La Buca
                                                                    4. A.O.C.
                                                                    5. Mario's Peruvian

                                                                  2. Campanille- Friday nt paring menu
                                                                    Hungry Cat- Bar
                                                                    Lou
                                                                    Boa
                                                                    Mozza

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                                                                    1. re: CharlotteMichele

                                                                      I assume your #3 is Lou on Vine. Also, which Mozza -- Osteria or Pizzeria?

                                                                      1. re: maxzook

                                                                        yes Lou on Vine.
                                                                        Mozza not the Osteria, check out my posting on the boards of our negative experience at the Osteria. I might also add I have a negative posting of Hungry Cat which I would like to retract as every recent visit there has been awesome.

                                                                    2. 1.Angelini Osteria 2.Hals Bar(brunch)3.Loteria 4.Sakura 5.India Oven.

                                                                      1. 1. Osteria Mozza
                                                                        2. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                        3. Kiriko
                                                                        4. La Buca
                                                                        5. Clementine

                                                                        1. 1. Cut
                                                                          2. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                          3. Hungry Cat
                                                                          4. Clementine
                                                                          5. Baby Blue

                                                                          1. 1. Hatfield's
                                                                            2. Osteria Mozza
                                                                            3. Piccolo Venice
                                                                            4. Lucques
                                                                            5. BLD

                                                                            1. 1. Lucques
                                                                              2. Jar
                                                                              3. Chameau
                                                                              4. Kiriko
                                                                              5. Table 8

                                                                              1. 1. Max
                                                                                2. Go's Mart
                                                                                3. Sona
                                                                                4. Oinkster
                                                                                5. Las Delicias

                                                                                1. Athenas
                                                                                  Max
                                                                                  Go's
                                                                                  Oinkster
                                                                                  Denzer Witwin

                                                                                  1. 1. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                    2. A.O.C.
                                                                                    3. Lucques
                                                                                    4. Jar
                                                                                    5. Pizzeria Mozza

                                                                                    1. 1| The Foundry on Melrose
                                                                                      2| Capo
                                                                                      3| Hatfield's
                                                                                      4| Comme Ca
                                                                                      5| Craft

                                                                                      1. 1. Max
                                                                                        2. Hatfield's
                                                                                        3. Lucques
                                                                                        4. Carlito's Gardel
                                                                                        5. Comme Ca

                                                                                        1. 5. Melisse
                                                                                          4. Spago
                                                                                          3. Providence
                                                                                          2. Fraiche
                                                                                          1. Paco's Tacos (Centinella)

                                                                                          1. 1. Osteria Mozza
                                                                                            2. Providence
                                                                                            3. AOC
                                                                                            4. Azami Sushi
                                                                                            5. Comme Ca

                                                                                            I would have included Bin 8945, as Mike Bryant rocks, but it's going to be closed soon. While these won't count, I am really liking the Hungry Cat since it reopened, and I also love Angelini. But we had to pick only 5, so I had to make tough choices! Finally, Sushi Zo could have made this list but I was only there one time, and I think a few visits are necessary to judge.

                                                                                            1. 1) Angelini Osteria (ask for the tasting menu -- not on the menu -- at $100/person, including all you can eat, and well-chosen wines for each course, it's the bargain of the century)
                                                                                              2) Vito's Pizza on LaCienega
                                                                                              3) Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                              4) Tama Sushi
                                                                                              5) Hungry Cat

                                                                                              1. 1. Izayoi
                                                                                                2. Opus
                                                                                                3. Canele
                                                                                                4. Dino's Burgers
                                                                                                5. Dong Il Jang

                                                                                                1. 1) Urasawa
                                                                                                  2) Il Grano
                                                                                                  3) Father's Office
                                                                                                  4) Lou on Vine
                                                                                                  5) Terroni

                                                                                                  1. Jar
                                                                                                    Lucques
                                                                                                    Table 8
                                                                                                    Bar Marmont
                                                                                                    Terroni

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                                                                                                    1. re: wutzizname

                                                                                                      1. Providence - tasting menu
                                                                                                      2. Urasawa
                                                                                                      3. Spago - tasting menu
                                                                                                      4. Totoraku
                                                                                                      5. Comme Ca

                                                                                                    2. 1. Hatfield's
                                                                                                      2. Fraiche
                                                                                                      3. Santouka
                                                                                                      4. Campanile
                                                                                                      5. Carnival

                                                                                                      1. 1. BEACON
                                                                                                        2. HUNGRY CAT
                                                                                                        3. COMME CA
                                                                                                        4. NOOK
                                                                                                        5. FRAICHE

                                                                                                        1. 1. Hiko Sushi / Sushi Zo
                                                                                                          2. Ortolan
                                                                                                          3. Providence
                                                                                                          4. Father's Office
                                                                                                          5. Angelini Osteria

                                                                                                          1. 1. Chiba Sushi on Saticoy & Lankershim
                                                                                                            2. Granville in Burbank
                                                                                                            3. Cafe Du Village in Larchmont Village
                                                                                                            4. Messob Ethiopian on Fairfax
                                                                                                            5. Hugo's on Riverside

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                                                                                                            Hugo's Restaurant
                                                                                                            12851 Riverside Dr, North Hollywood, CA 91607

                                                                                                            Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
                                                                                                            1041 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                                                                                                            Granville Cafe
                                                                                                            121 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

                                                                                                            Chiba Japanese Restaurant
                                                                                                            11713 Saticoy St, North Hollywood, CA 91605

                                                                                                            Cafe Du Village
                                                                                                            139 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

                                                                                                            1. 1. sushi sushi (on beverly)
                                                                                                              2. al gelato (on robertson)
                                                                                                              3. the apple pan
                                                                                                              4. the hungry cat
                                                                                                              5. a.o.c.

                                                                                                              1. Oops, I broke one of Mr. Grub's rules -- I voted for a restaurant outside LA County! My revised picks:

                                                                                                                5. Campanile
                                                                                                                4. Father's Office
                                                                                                                3. Bistro Provence
                                                                                                                2. Il Capriccio Pizzeria
                                                                                                                1. Oinkster

                                                                                                                FYI, I'm tracking when people vote, so if I get duplicates from the same Hounder I'll count the most recent. But I would appreciate if you tell me you're posting a revised vote.

                                                                                                                We seem to be on track for a higher turnout than the 2006 poll (sixty-one votes in the first week of the poll, versus ninety-five total from last year).

                                                                                                                1. 1. Urasawa
                                                                                                                  2. Providence
                                                                                                                  3. Cut
                                                                                                                  4. Lucques
                                                                                                                  5. Spago

                                                                                                                  1. 1. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                    2. Urasawa
                                                                                                                    3. Cut
                                                                                                                    4. Providence
                                                                                                                    5. Shima (Venice)

                                                                                                                    1. 1. Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                                      2. The Foundry
                                                                                                                      3. Fraiche
                                                                                                                      4. Mako
                                                                                                                      5. Mastro's (beverly hills- downstairs, away from the prostitutes)

                                                                                                                      1. Fraiche
                                                                                                                        A.O.C.
                                                                                                                        Hatfield's
                                                                                                                        Foundry
                                                                                                                        Angelini Osteria

                                                                                                                        1. a.o.c
                                                                                                                          lucques
                                                                                                                          wilsons
                                                                                                                          joes
                                                                                                                          valentinos

                                                                                                                          1. 1. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                            2. Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                                            3. Lucques
                                                                                                                            4. Lou on Vine
                                                                                                                            5. La Botte

                                                                                                                            1. Difficult ...

                                                                                                                              1. Hatfield's
                                                                                                                              2. Lucques
                                                                                                                              3. Nook Bistro
                                                                                                                              4. Comme Ca
                                                                                                                              5. Osteria Mozza

                                                                                                                              1. 1. Providence
                                                                                                                                2. Sushi Zo
                                                                                                                                3. AOC
                                                                                                                                4. Elite (in Monterey Park)
                                                                                                                                5. Din Tai Fung

                                                                                                                                1. Ortolan
                                                                                                                                  Valentino
                                                                                                                                  Grace
                                                                                                                                  La Terza
                                                                                                                                  Providence

                                                                                                                                  1. AOC
                                                                                                                                    Grace
                                                                                                                                    Lucques
                                                                                                                                    Hatfield's
                                                                                                                                    BLD (brunch only)

                                                                                                                                    1. 1) Lucques
                                                                                                                                      2) Blue Velvet
                                                                                                                                      3) Ortolan
                                                                                                                                      4) Metro Cafe
                                                                                                                                      5) Joe`s

                                                                                                                                      1. 1. Mako
                                                                                                                                        2.Pecorino
                                                                                                                                        3.Le Petit Bistro
                                                                                                                                        4.Father's Office
                                                                                                                                        5.Sushi Dan

                                                                                                                                        1. Maxzook please use this as my official vote, not the one on your original post.

                                                                                                                                          5. Mastro's
                                                                                                                                          4. Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                                                          3. Sushi Gen
                                                                                                                                          2. Lucques
                                                                                                                                          1. Sushi Zo

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Schweinhaxen

                                                                                                                                            Noted.

                                                                                                                                          2. 1. Providence
                                                                                                                                            2. Melisse
                                                                                                                                            3. Mei Long Village
                                                                                                                                            4. Elite Restaurant (Dim Sum)
                                                                                                                                            5. Sona

                                                                                                                                            1. Pushing. You have until Sunday to vote.

                                                                                                                                              1. 1. Josie
                                                                                                                                                2. Water Grill
                                                                                                                                                3. Providence
                                                                                                                                                4. Babita
                                                                                                                                                5. Elite

                                                                                                                                                1. YAP (yet another push) ..

                                                                                                                                                  1. The poll closes Sunday night. Get your vote in!

                                                                                                                                                    1. LAST CHANCE TO VOTE!!!

                                                                                                                                                      Tonight at midnight is the deadline, so be sure to get tour vote in.

                                                                                                                                                      The poll results will be posted sometime tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                      1. 1. osteria mozza
                                                                                                                                                        2. a.o.c
                                                                                                                                                        3. pace
                                                                                                                                                        4. pizzeria mozza
                                                                                                                                                        5. blairs

                                                                                                                                                        1. Voting is now closed, and the results are posted here:

                                                                                                                                                          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/490712

                                                                                                                                                          1. Sorry, too late:

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/490712