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Mr Grub Oct 20, 2004 12:37 PM

Below are the results of the 2004 Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants Poll.

Thank you to all of the hounds who participated. Participation was up again this year (64 responses v. 49 & 23 the prior years). BUT – where are the other hundreds of distinguished, regular & dare I say irregular posters? Maybe next year. The hard of mathing Grubster deeply appreciates the cooperation of those who did respond. Your selections were clear, concise & overwhelmingly in keeping w the format & instructions.

Respondents were asked to list, in rank order, their top five restaurants in LA County where they would take houndly out-of-town visitors or would recommend for a special occasion. Evaluations were based 75% on food and 25% on everything else.

The votes were tabulated as follows. Restaurants were given 5 – 1 points (5 for top ranked, etc.) Restaurants with the same number of points are listed by number of votes, then alphabetically. After each restaurant’s name are total points, followed by (# votes/ # “1st choice” votes) for restaurants receiving multiple votes or one “1st choice” vote.

The 64 responding hounds mentioned a total of 129 restaurants (v. 104 last year). Some observations from the Grubmeister:
1. Spago is again clearly the destination restaurant of choice w 15 of 27 hounds making it their #1 Best in Show.
2. AOC got legs. Its strong third place last year became a dazzlingly strong second this year. Congratulations to them for not only pioneering a concept, but apparently perfecting it for good measure.
3. Asian cuisine controls the numbers. More than 20 Japanese favorites, 10 or so Chinese, a few Vietnamese, but, holy kimchee, Grubman, only two Korean & no Thai?
4. Where have you gone, Cal-Asian fusion? With the closing of Café Blanc, virtually no support for last century’s darlings.
5. Special Award of Merit to Urusawa. The seven hounds who pawned their first-born to eat there all named it ichiban, number one. That would be a, hmm, perfect score.
6. More hounds than last year used their fifth slots to name treasures. Nice way to recognize under-the-radar smaller lower-end places. Cool.

Spago 113 (27/15)
AOC 73 (21/8)
Water Grill 61 (16/5)
Lucques 50 (14/4)
Urasawa 35 (7/7)
Grace 30 (8/4)
Angelini 24 (9)
Melisse 23 (5/3)
Sea Harbour 19 (7)
Joe’s 19 (6)
Campanile 18 (5/1)
Josie 17 (6)
Saddle Peak Lodge 16 (5)
Valentino 15 (4/1)
Mako 13 (3/1)
Mori Sushi 12 (3/1)
Parkway Grill 11 (4/1)
Nozawa 9 (3/1)
Lawry’s 9 (2/1)
Langer’s 8 (4)
Asanebo 8 (3)
Matsuhisa 8 (3)
Phillipe’s 8 (3)
Vincente 8 (3)
Zankou Chicken 8 (5)
Wa Sushi 7 (4)
Georgio Baldi 7 (2)
Sona 7 (2/1)
Table 8 6 (3)
Chinois 6 (2/1)
Echigo 6 (2)
Mastro’s 6 (2)
Nanbankan 6 (2)
Jiraffe 5 (2)
Peppone 5 (2)
Yongsusan 5 (2)
Carillo’s 5 (1/1)
Elena’s 5 (1/1)
Ivy (Robertson) 5 (1/1)
Kiriko 5 (1/1)
La Cabanita 5 (1/1)
Nishimura 5 (1/1)
Tacos Baja Ensenada 5 (1/1)
310 5 (1/1)
Bastide 4 (3)
Guelaguetza 4 (3)
Father’s Office 4 (2)
Mix 4 (2)
Yujean Kang 4 (2)
Apple Pan 4
Babita 4
Four Oaks 4
Gorikee 4
Grill on Alley 4
Il Grano 4
Kobawoo Café 4
Mandarin Deli 4
Musso & Frank 4
NBC 4
Nobu Malibu 4
Noe 4
Norman’s 4
Rocca 4
Vito (SM) 4
Arroyo Chop House 3 (2)
Patina 3 (2)
Pho 79 3 (2)
Piccolo Cipriani 3 (2)
Taiko 3 (2)
Axe 3
Julienne 3
Kamiyama 3
King’s Palace 3
Kuhn Kao 3
Loteria Grill 3
Luscious Dumpling 3
Mei Long 3
Rib Nest 3
R-23 3
Ruth’s Chris 3
Saito 3
Sushi Gen 3
Sushi Ryo 3
Versailles 3
Vicenzo’s 3
Villa Piacere 3
Yui Gui Garden 3
Michael’s 2 (2)
Antonio’s 2
Balboa 2
Beacon 2
Bistro K 2
Bistro Koichiro 2
Blair’s 2
Celestino 2
Cora’s Caffe 2
Daikokuya 2
Hump 2
Javan 2
Lee Kam Kee 2
Max 2
Mission 262 2
Musha 2
Ocean Star 2
Phillip’s 2
Shiraz 2
Akbar 1
Ana Maria’s 1
Astro Burger 1
Café Blanc (RIP) 1
Caffe Delfini 1
Dino’s (Pico) 1
Doughboys 1
El Pollo Inca 1
Gallo’s Grill 1
Golden Triangle 1
Ivy at Shore 1
King Taco 1
Komatsu 1
La Buca 1
La Cachette 1
Pollo a la Brasa 1
Smitty’s 1
Sushi 4 on 6 1
Tommy’s Original 1
Uncle Darrow’s 1
Yamakasa 1
Yamashiro 1

Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    Pate' Oct 20, 2004 08:35 PM

    This is a HUGE help for people like me that live "behind the Orange Curtain" but need to entertain customers in LA upon occasion. The only problem for me is some of these places are obviously popular and I can figure out where they are but...some of them sound like great mom & pops and I don't have a clue where they are. Maybe someone like Curt the map whiz, or another wordly sort can give intersections or neighborhoods, or some clue as to where to find them.

    I know that seems really pushy after all the work that's already been done but a girl can dream can't she?

    Thank you for giving me some "food for thought" the next time I'm in LA.

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      Sandra W. Oct 21, 2004 12:23 AM

      Subscribe to Chow News for mere pennies a day. Addresses are found and printed, saving us the trouble.

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        ks Oct 21, 2004 11:05 AM

        Empower yourself!

        The LA Public Health Department has the best restaurant database ever. Just put in the name of the restaurant (or part of it), and you'll get the address, a link to a map, and more than you ever wanted to know about their inspection status.

        If you're sketchy on the restaurant name, but know the general location, you can also search by street, zip code, etc. The only time it's not easy as pie is if you don't have the correct spelling of the name. About the best chowhound logistical tip I've received was learning about this database. Bookmark the link today.

        Link: http://www.lapublichealth.org/rating/

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        Funwithfood Oct 20, 2004 05:32 PM

        Great work, and a great link for those out-of-towners requesting restaurant suggestions!

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          Alice Oct 20, 2004 01:22 PM

          Thank you so much Mr. Grub for putting in the time to do this for everyone's benefit. =) It is much appreciated.

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            jschyun Oct 20, 2004 01:46 PM

            Yeah, that is an amazing amount of work you did.

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              ipse dixit Oct 20, 2004 02:42 PM

              Ditto from me. Thanks Grub.

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              jschyun Oct 20, 2004 01:13 PM

              I should have put Yongsusan as one of my ultimate choices. Also Chosun Galbee, though my Korean friends think it sucks.

              forgive me, I was in post Urasawa delirium.

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