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Ultimate OC Restaurants, 2008; RESULTS

OCAnn Jan 7, 2009 01:26 PM

Here are the poll results for our favourite OC Restaurants for 2008 (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/579058). This is the fourth year a list has been done for Orange County to complement Mr. Grub's awesome Ultimate LA restaurants poll.

This year, we had 24 contributors naming 43 restaurants in the OVER $25/person category and 80 for UNDER $25/person.

The votes are tallied from the responses with a rank order from 1 to 5, with 5 points being awarded to the first restaurant on the list and so on.

You'll see some surprises, a couple new places, along with old favourites. Thanks to those who participated!

Top 8 (those w/double digit scores) for > $25/person:
1. Marche Moderne, 68 points
2. Old Vine Cafe, 20
3. Maki Zushi, 19
4. Tsuruhashi, 17
5. Napa Rose, 15
6. Stonehill Tavern, 14
7. Shin Sen Gumi, 12
8. Sapphire, 10

Top 6 (those w/double digit scores) for < $25/person:
1. Veggie Grill, 20 points
2. Taco Rosa, 14
3. Taco Mesa, 11
6. In-n-Out, 10
6. Santouka, 10
6. Tulsa Rib Co, 10

From the 2006 poll (2007 results are lost in cyberspace), these restaurants topped the list with double digits:
Bluefin 28
Napa Rose 24
Zov's 19
Mastro's 18
Thai Nakorn 18
Honda Ya 15
Mastro's Ocean Club 15
Sage 13
Studio 13
Basilic 12
The Bungalow 12
The Ritz 11
Blue Coral 10

  1. kelvlam Feb 9, 2009 11:51 PM

    thx for compiling the list and pointed me to it. it was a tremendous help =)

    1 Reply
    1. re: kelvlam
      OCAnn Feb 10, 2009 09:31 AM

      You're welcome!

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      Comedyman21 Jan 23, 2009 10:59 AM

      This Was HelpFul Thanks

      1. choctastic Jan 9, 2009 10:58 AM

        Interesting that a vegan restaurant topped the list of <$25. Never thought I'd see the day.

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          exilekiss Jan 9, 2009 11:42 AM

          Hi choctastic,

          I'm kinda surprised, but after having eaten at Veggie Grill, I have to say it's a great, quick eatery that just happens to be Vegan. Some great tasting food for being healthy. :)

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            liltamby5 Jan 9, 2009 12:25 PM

            Yes, I agree. This place is very good. I thought it had tons of flavor for being a vegan place. Proved me wrong!

          2. re: choctastic
            OCAnn Jan 9, 2009 01:29 PM

            Interesting indeed. I wondered about the merits of weighted scoring (since two votes for Restaurant A, each giving a ranking of four [at two points each] would be outweighed by a third voter's #1 vote for Restaurant B [at five points]). I then realised that giving each restaurant one point for every mention would make it a popularity contest.

            It would've been nice to see more folks participate for a more accurate reading of OC's best....

          3. JAB Jan 7, 2009 02:28 PM

            Thanks OCAnn! You're a gem!

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            1. re: JAB
              OCAnn Jan 9, 2009 01:15 PM

              Today, I'm more like a germ.... =)

            2. OCAnn Jan 7, 2009 01:38 PM

              All the restaurants named in the > $25/person category:
              Marche Modern 68
              Old Vine Café 20
              Maki Zushi 19
              Tsuruhashi 17
              Napa Rose 15
              Stonehill Tavern 14
              Shin Sen Gumi 12
              Sapphire 10
              Studio 9
              Sushi Wasabi 9
              Café Zoolu 7
              Bayside 6
              Black Sheep Bistro 6
              Taps 6
              Tradition, Pascal 6
              Gulfstream 5
              Houstons 5
              Nirvana Grill 5
              Shibucho 5
              Summit House 5
              Banderas 4
              Le Pescadou 4
              Mastro's 4
              Shik Do Rak 4
              Anaheim White House 3
              Blue Fin 3
              Charlie Palmer 3
              French 75, Laguna 3
              Honda Ya 3
              Mastro's Ocean Club 3
              Onotoria 3
              Pascal 3
              Tabu Grill 3
              A Restaurant 2
              Gemmell's 2
              Koi 2
              Restaurante Rumari 2
              Brussels Bistro 1
              Ikko 1
              Pina's Bistro 1
              Sushi Momo 1
              The Cannery 1
              Zipangu 1

              And all the restaurants named in the < $25/person category:
              Veggie Grill, Irvine 20
              Taco Rosa 14
              Taco Mesa, Cosa Mesa 11
              In-n-Out 10
              Santouka 10
              Tulsa Rib Co 10
              Café Hiro 8
              El Farolito 8
              La Sirena Grill 8
              Thai BBQ, Fullerton 8
              Fukuda 7
              Gabbi's, Orange 7
              Shin Sen Gumi 7
              Thai Nakorn 7
              The Counter 7
              Zankou Chicken 7
              Zov's 7
              Vien Dong 6
              Angelo & Vinci 5
              Avanti Café 5
              Brodard 5
              Crow Bar 5
              Javier's 5
              Newport Seafood 5
              Nori 5
              Sabatinos 5
              Taco Loco 5
              Ajisen Ramen, Irvine 4
              Bangkok Taste 4
              Darya 4
              Garduno's 4
              Habana 4
              Honda Ya 4
              Old Vine Café 4
              Peking Chinese 4
              Siam Taste of Asia 4
              Stonefire Grill 4
              Thai del Mar 4
              Thuyen Vien 4
              Xanh, FV 4
              Alessa Italian 3
              Bon Jour Café 3
              Cantina Lounge 3
              Chinatown, UCI 3
              El Adobe Capistrano 3
              Francoli's 3
              Kamal Palace 3
              Kappo Hana 3
              La Fogata 3
              La Rana 3
              Mariscos Puerto Esperanza 3
              Park Ave 3
              Persian food Counter @ Wholesome Choice 3
              Ramos 3
              Regina's Argentinian 3
              Rutabegorz 3
              Shikdorak 3
              Thien Anh 3
              Bad 2 the Bone BBQ 2
              Brussels Bistro 2
              El Chinaco 2
              Inka Mama's 2
              Pho Thanh Lich 2
              Plums 2
              Sushi 5 2
              Taleo 2
              Thanh Restaurant 2
              Tony's Little Italy 2
              Tropika 2
              Banh Mi ChoCu 1
              Basilicos 1
              Bo 7 Mon Hong An 1
              Café Panini 1
              Da Bianca Trattoria, Orange 1
              El Taco Nazo 1
              Felix 1
              Izakaya Wasa 1
              Molcajete, HB 1
              Pizza Port 1
              Roma D'Italia, Tustin 1
              Seafood Paradise, dim sum 1
              Sundried Tomato Café 1

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                exilekiss Jan 8, 2009 11:52 AM

                Hi OCAnn,

                First off, Thank You! for taking the time to wrangle / compile the votes for 2008. Great job! :)

                Secondly, just to clarify, but were the votes for "Shin Sen Gumi" in the Under $25 category for the same "Shin Sen Gumi" for the Over $25 category? (i.e., Ramen side vs. Yakitori side). If some votes happen to be for the Yakitori side but placed in the Under $25 category, perhaps they should be combined w/ the Over $25 votes? (like what was done in the L.A. 2008 Voting Thread.)

                Definitely some interesting results and a helpful resource. Thanks.

                1. re: exilekiss
                  OCAnn Jan 8, 2009 02:04 PM

                  re Shin Sen Gumi, those votes are separate: some voted it in <$25, some in >$25 and one voter left it in the middle (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5790... which I scored in the >$25 since he had already a top five in the <$25 category). I counted the votes as placed by the voter; I did not recategorise anywhere except for Jigsaw's as noted. And I believe yours was the only one that clarified "yakitori" while the others did not.

                  So, taking your suggestion, here are the new ratings:

                  Top 8 (those w/double digit scores) for > $25/person:
                  1. Marche Moderne, 68 points
                  2. Old Vine Cafe, 20
                  4. Maki Zushi, 19
                  4. Shin Sen Gumi, 19
                  5. Tsuruhashi, 17
                  6. Napa Rose, 15
                  7. Stonehill Tavern, 14
                  8. Sapphire, 10

                  Top 6 (those w/double digit scores) for < $25/person:
                  1. Veggie Grill, 20 points
                  2. Taco Rosa, 14
                  3. Taco Mesa, 11
                  6. In-n-Out, 10
                  6. Santouka, 10
                  6. Tulsa Rib Co, 10

                  1. re: OCAnn
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                    exilekiss Jan 9, 2009 11:42 AM

                    Thanks for the clarification OCAnn. Good to know either way. :)

                    Hope you're feeling better.

                    1. re: exilekiss
                      OCAnn Jan 9, 2009 12:25 PM

                      Yes, thank you; Mr OCAnn's homemade chicken soup w/lots of garlic is helping. =)

                2. re: OCAnn
                  peppermonkey Feb 10, 2009 11:05 AM

                  After living in OC for years and looking at this list, I'm sooooo glad I'm in LA now.

                  1. re: peppermonkey
                    Das Ubergeek Feb 10, 2009 02:53 PM

                    We're glad you're in LA too.

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                      Philly Feb 11, 2009 08:59 AM

                      I second that, Das.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek
                        peppermonkey Feb 11, 2009 01:52 PM

                        geez such hostility

                        1. re: peppermonkey
                          OCAnn Feb 11, 2009 02:43 PM

                          Consider it humour, not hostility....his comment certainly was chuckle-worthy.

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