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maxzook Nov 6, 2009 09:15 AM

It’s time for the eighth annual poll of Chowhounders’ favorite Los Angeles restaurants. To quote the poll’s esteemed founder, Mr. Grub:

"The concept is simple: everyone is asked to list, in rank order, your five top restaurants in Los Angeles 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."

Here are the results of past polls:

2002: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/52353
2003: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/55951
2004: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/63873
2005: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/76226
2006: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/357211
2007: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/490712
2008: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580125

Last year I expanded the poll from five choices to ten – five restaurants in the category of over $25 per person, and five in the category of $25 or less. (The $25 is inclusive of FOOD ONLY for an average dinner order.) If different voters choose the same restaurant in both categories, the total points will be tabulated together and the restaurant will be ranked in the category for which it received the most points.

I strongly encourage you to vote for exactly five restaurants per category. You may choose to only cast votes in the over-$25 category, or in the $25-and-under, but don’t vote for the same restaurant in both categories. Bottom line -- if you haven’t had at least ten restaurant meals worth voting for this year, what are you doing on Chowhound? ;) .

If you vote for five restaurants, your first choice will receive 5 points, your second choice will receive 4 points, third choice 3 and so on. If you respond with more than 5 choices per category, only your first 5 listed choices will be included – no “ties”.

If you vote for fewer than five, your choice will be tabulated with as many points as the number you voted for (so if you vote for only three restaurants, your first choice will carry three points, the second two points, etc.) This is to avoid the results being weighted in favor of those voters who make the fewest choices. Also, in case of a tie in the final tally, the number of five-point voters is used as a tiebreaker.

I will assume the first restaurant on your list is your first choice and so on; to avoid confusion I’d prefer you not number them.

If you vote for a restaurant that closed within the last twelve months, I’d appreciate if you flag it with an RIP tag. If two or more restaurants with the same name and basic menu get votes (e.g. Father’s Office on Montana or Helms), I will combine the results.

Please make it clear what you’re voting for. If you vote for “Mozza” as several people did last year, I will assume you’re voting for Pizzeria Mozza since it bore that name before the Osteria opened. I reserve the right to make similar assumptions from vague responses – for example a vote for Surfas will be listed as Café Surfas. And everyone, spelling counts – it’s MASTRO’S Steakhouse, not “Maestros”!!!

If you make a mistake or just change your mind, go ahead and post again; please re-cast your entire vote and not just the changes ... tell me it's a re-vote and I'll take care of it (I'm tracking names, dates and times on my tally, so I will only take your last vote).

Remember, this poll is for Los Angeles County restaurants only. OCAnn has said she will again be running an Orange County poll in parallel with this one, so keep your eyes peeled. Anyone want to tackle Ventura County? Let me know and I'll link to your post.

I’ll keep the polls open until December 12 and post the results shortly thereafter.

The more replies we receive the more useful are the poll’s findings, so please vote. Cast your votes as a reply to this post. And thank you for participating!

  1. maxzook Dec 13, 2009 03:40 PM

    The results are in!

    The Top 25 results can be found here:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673604

    The complete poll results can be found here:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673605

    1. s
      string207 Dec 12, 2009 05:11 PM

      Over $25
      Hatfield's
      Josie's
      Melisse
      Mr. Chow
      Bazaar

      Under $25
      Westside Tavern (lunch only)
      Bottega Louie
      Little Dom's
      Loteria Grill
      Lola's Peruvian Chicken (to go)

      1 Reply
      1. re: string207
        maxzook Dec 12, 2009 05:17 PM

        I'm sorry, but the poll closed at noon today.

      2. maxzook Dec 12, 2009 10:59 AM

        And finally, my votes:

        OVER $25
        Musso and Frank
        Elite
        Campanile
        Pizzeria Mozza
        Pacific Dining Car

        $25 AND UNDER
        Big Mista's BBQ
        Langer's
        Jitlada
        Oinkster
        Wurstkuche

        THE ULTIMATE LOS ANGELES RESTAURANTS 2009 POLL IS CLOSED.

        Results will be posted sometime between now and the end of the weekend. Thank you for voting!

        1. j
          JBC Dec 11, 2009 03:43 PM

          Over $25:

          1) Saddle Peak Lodge
          2) Chinois
          3) Osiris
          4) Frida
          5) Toscana

          Under $25:

          1) Jaipur
          2) Shamshiri
          3) Monte Alban
          4) Delphi
          5) Snug Harbor

          1. David Kahn Dec 11, 2009 03:28 PM

            Over $25:
            Jar
            Grace
            Pizzaria Mozza
            Lucques
            Josie

            Under $25:
            Langers
            Mi India Bonita
            Tacos Baja Ensenada
            Luscious Dumpling
            Noshi Sushi

            1. maxzook Dec 11, 2009 03:05 PM

              The poll ends in twenty hours (noon PST on Saturday, December 12).

              You last chance to let your love light shine for Outback Steakhouse.

              1. t
                thepoorfoodie Dec 11, 2009 12:28 PM

                Over 25
                1) Bashan
                2) The Bazaar
                3) Jar
                4) Grace

                Under 25
                1) Jitlada
                2) Orochon
                3) Langer's
                4) Phillips BBQ
                5) Euro Pane

                1. r
                  ramenbound Dec 11, 2009 10:24 AM

                  Long time chowhound roamer, first time poster. Feels fun to "officially" be on board at last ;D.

                  Followed this poll for the past few years, and I'm glad that it randomly popped into my mind tonight, two days before it closes.

                  Sadly, my time in LA was not much over this past year; however, it seems that it was just enough!

                  ====================
                  ~ My Top 5 - OVER $25 ~
                  ====================
                  1. Melisse [~100]
                  ~~ One word: Fabulous.
                  2. Asanebo [~50]
                  ~~ Wondrous that a location in a valley strip mall dishes out such excellence.
                  3. Hotel Bel-Air [~50]
                  ~~ RIP for now. Ok, not much of a 'foodie's choice' here, but an exceptionally pleasant dining environment with exceptional service that’s deserving of a shout out as it shuts its doors for a while.
                  4. Cho Sun Galbee [~50]
                  ~~ Sure, it's not the same tier as those above (and maybe it's a little trite as a selection for this poll), but when you're away from LA most of the year (like me), good Korean barbeque will be good Korean barbeque (as warm a feeling as sinking back into your own pillow after a long business trip). It’s never disappointed, and it was wonderful each time I went back this past year.
                  5. Spago [~100]
                  ~~ Makes the top 5, but a notch below the others. This was a wonderful meal, but not 2-star Michelin fabulous. Probably past its heyday but still a pleasure.

                  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  ~ NOTABLES MISSING THE CUT - OVER $25 ~
                  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  -Angelini Osteria [~50]
                  ~~ HEAVENLY risotto; however, other dishes missed the spot.
                  -Lucques [~50]
                  ~~ Two lunch samplings here: steak frites, jidori chicken. Wonderful. The salads, however, I will take a pass on next time.

                  (*) Shout out to Larchmont Grill. This would be my honorary sixth if there were one. The staff there is just so friendly. Nothing says LA like patio dining with warm service.

                  Ok, time to break free from what feels like a big name dropping act ;D

                  =====================
                  ~ My Top 5 - UNDER $25 ~
                  =====================
                  1. El Taquito Mexicano [~10]
                  ~~ Yes, 10 bucks. MINIMUM. Aka 5-6 tacos, with large horchata. What can I say, this little truck truly has my heart.
                  2. Los Cinco Puntos [~10]
                  ~~ This is a very close second. The goodness is spread over a greater variety of offerings here compared to El Taquito, but I don't think that anything can beat having food that you love at hours when restaurants (and even many fast food joints-!) are no longer an option.
                  3. Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi [~20]
                  ~~Between this and Daikokuya, I find it hard to definitively put one above the other. For now, though, I think that I've converted from Daikokuyism to Shinsengumism.
                  4. Sea Harbour [~25]
                  ~~ I realize that this has slipped into the 'trendy to bash' category by now. Like many (most? everyone?), my main gripe is over the service - very poor attention to detail, even with appropriately lowered expectations from having eaten dim sum in LA hundreds of times. Still, the extent to which some of the dishes go above and beyond what you'll find at other options is definitely enough to justify.
                  5. Mandarin Deli [~20]
                  ~~ Modest setting, perhaps dull. I wouldn’t consider the food ‘transporting’ in any way, nor would I consider it typical ‘authentic’ Chinese fare. But it delivers on its promise: food that is tasty and homey… and most importantly, offering this in a setting relatively devoid of the usual levels of chaos in a Chinese restaurant. (Though granted… for some, the chaos might be preferable.) MD doesn’t make the list as any kind of culinary epiphany obviously, but as a steady gun that has held its own over many years for me, earning recognition as my last pick. (Note: This is the Mandarin Deli in Northridge).

                  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  ~ NOTABLES MISSING THE CUT - UNDER $25 ~
                  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  -Daikokuya ...aka, "duh" [~15]
                  ~~ Paid my 5th&6th (or maybe it was 6th&7th) visits here this year. Didn't find disappointment in the food so much as in having to accept the reality that the "go for lunch" trick doesn't work any more. (Note: This was the Downtown location)
                  -Philippe the Original [~10]
                  ~~ Went back for the first time since childhood, I think. Good, not great, but still to be much appreciated as an LA staple.
                  -Father's Office [~20]
                  ~~ Burgers, beers, and a big no-no to asking for ketchup. That’s how they do things, and people accept that. However, coupling this with having no option of a beverage of the lemonade/iced tea persuasion is, well... too limiting, to be frank. (Note: This was the Culver City Location).
                  -Brent's Deli [~15]
                  ~~ Sadly, I found Brent's to be a little disappointing. It was good, but perhaps too hyped up to 'legendary' deli status. I've found similar offerings on the east coast to be superior from very run-of-the-mill places. (Note: This was the Northridge Location).

                  (*) Shout out to Vietnam House – my honorary sixth for under $25.

                  To explain the absences of Urasawa, Providence, et al: I only voted for restaurants to which I paid a visit within the past year.

                  .r.b.

                  1. s
                    Sandra W Dec 11, 2009 08:24 AM

                    Over:

                    Bazaar
                    Lucques
                    Ludo Bites
                    Babita
                    JiRaffe

                    Under:

                    Jitlada
                    Langers
                    Kobawoo
                    Jay Bharat (is that LA or OC?)
                    El Matador taco truck on Western
                    Woody's BBQ (if Jay Bharat gets knocked out)

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: Sandra W
                      maxzook Dec 11, 2009 09:21 AM

                      Artesia is in LA County, so Jay Bharat counts.

                    2. r
                      rickym13 Dec 10, 2009 04:39 PM

                      i only put 4 places for under $25......just went to my reg dim sum place today and notice that i didn't put that down! elite! had great dim sum today for 3 of us @ $37!

                      1. l
                        losfelizhound Dec 9, 2009 04:42 PM

                        Thanks!

                        Over $25
                        1. Mori Sushi
                        2. Water Grill
                        3. Park's BBQ
                        4. Angeli Caffe
                        5. Pizzeria Mozza

                        Under $25
                        1. Mariscos Chente
                        2. Wurstkuche
                        3. Woodlands (Artesia, CA)
                        4. New Chong Qing
                        5. Bulrocho

                        1. j
                          jblee Dec 9, 2009 04:07 PM

                          Over
                          Osteria Mozza
                          Vincenti
                          A.O.C.
                          Pizzeria Mozza
                          Angelini Osteria

                          Under
                          Father's Office
                          Lunasia
                          Torihei
                          Ichimian
                          Foo Foo Tei

                          1. maxzook Dec 9, 2009 07:46 AM

                            Four days left to vote -- this poll closes Saturday at noon. Because if you don't vote for Romano's Macaroni Grill, who will?

                            (And don't forget the Orange County poll: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670162)

                            1. ipsedixit Dec 8, 2009 01:05 PM

                              Over 25
                              1. Torihei
                              2. Sea Harbour
                              3. Melisse
                              4. Park's BBQ
                              5. Toshi Sushi

                              Under 25
                              1. Pizza and Chicken Love Letter
                              2. Pho Minh
                              3. Ostioneria Colima
                              4. Stan's Donuts
                              5. Four Sea

                              2 Replies
                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                e
                                exilekiss Dec 10, 2009 01:39 PM

                                Hi ipsedixit,

                                Nice! :) I'm glad you enjoy Torihei as well. :)

                                BTW, what's your favorite 1-3 dishes at Sea Harbour? I have to go back and visit them for dinner one of these days. :)

                                Also, what's Ostioneria Colima? Thanks.

                                1. re: exilekiss
                                  ipsedixit Dec 10, 2009 02:01 PM

                                  Yeah, Torihei was revelatory. Too bad it's so far from me. Such is life.

                                  Sea Harbour. Ask the manager if they've got fresh abalone in the back and if they do ask them to prepare it sashimi style for you. Other than that I really like their specialty soups, e.g. fish maw with real shark fin, or bitter melon and sea turtle.

                                  Ostioneria Colima. Great little seafood Mexican joint in Hacienda Heights. I would go more often but I don't speak Spanish, so I have to bribe my amigos to go with me and order. A bowl of their chips and some ceviche or seafood cocktail is more than a full meal for me. In my book, as Yuca's would be to carne asada tacos, Ostioneria Colima would be to seafood cocktail.

                                  Cheers!

                              2. d
                                DonaldStevens Dec 8, 2009 11:41 AM

                                Over $25
                                1) Melisse
                                2) Josie
                                3) Spago
                                4) JiRaffe
                                5) Michaels

                                Under $25
                                1) Langers
                                2) Phillipes
                                3) Original Pantry
                                4) Johnny Pastrami
                                5) Pinks

                                1 Reply
                                1. re: DonaldStevens
                                  x
                                  xoxohh Dec 8, 2009 12:21 PM

                                  Over---
                                  Church and State
                                  Giraffe
                                  Bazaar
                                  Chiba
                                  Pizzeria Mozza

                                  Under---
                                  El Coyote ( Sorry, but I have a good time here)
                                  Elite
                                  Barone's
                                  Erth Cafe
                                  Nate n' Al's

                                2. maxzook Dec 8, 2009 07:52 AM

                                  The poll will end this Saturday, December 12, at noon. I have plans for Saturday night so I'm not making any promises, but for sure the tally will be posted before the end of the weekend.

                                  So if you haven't voted yet, now's the time to flip a coin between Todai and Claim Jumper ...

                                  1 Reply
                                  1. re: maxzook
                                    t
                                    toridori Dec 8, 2009 10:11 AM

                                    +$25

                                    Sushi Nozawa
                                    Tony's Taverna
                                    Katsuya
                                    Little Door
                                    Piccolo Paradiso

                                    -$25

                                    Urth Cafe (can I vote for Urth five times please??)
                                    Hugo's
                                    Carnival Sherman Oaks
                                    Aroma Cafe Encino
                                    Factor's Deli

                                  2. k
                                    kdoc Dec 7, 2009 01:16 PM

                                    Over $25

                                    1) Urasawa
                                    2) Providence
                                    3) Spago
                                    4) Animal
                                    5) Melisse

                                    Under $25 still pending...

                                    1 Reply
                                    1. re: kdoc
                                      r
                                      rickym13 Dec 7, 2009 03:24 PM

                                      under $25

                                      langer's
                                      santouka ramen
                                      father's office
                                      al & bea's mexican

                                      over $25

                                      melisse
                                      oseteria mozza
                                      water grill
                                      mastro's
                                      church & state

                                    2. OCAnn Dec 7, 2009 01:01 PM

                                      My visits to LA were limited this year, so I'll give a top 3 for each:

                                      +$25
                                      1 Torihei
                                      2 Izakaya Bincho
                                      3 Water Grill

                                      -$25
                                      1 Ichimian
                                      2 Philippes
                                      3 The India Restaurant

                                      And for folks interested in taking the OC Poll: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670162

                                      1. j
                                        jadekarrde Dec 7, 2009 12:01 PM

                                        Under 25:

                                        1. Santouka Ramen
                                        2. Bay Cities
                                        3. Fathers Office
                                        4. Diablos Tacos
                                        5. Sushi Central

                                        1. p
                                          pinkee Dec 6, 2009 06:05 PM

                                          Above:
                                          Via Veneto
                                          Piccolo Ristorante
                                          Melisse
                                          Gjelina
                                          The Tasting Kitchen

                                          Below:
                                          Mayura
                                          El Tarasco
                                          Antica Pizzeria
                                          Bay Cities
                                          26 Beach

                                          1. m
                                            mdpilam Dec 6, 2009 03:38 PM

                                            Under $25:

                                            Umami
                                            Langer's
                                            The India Restaurant
                                            Jitlada
                                            BigMista's BBQ (if this doesn't count, since it's not really a restaurant, use El Chato (taco truck @ Olympic & La Brea))

                                            1 Reply
                                            1. re: mdpilam
                                              maxzook Dec 7, 2009 08:30 AM

                                              Any place that sells prepared food will count.

                                            2. maxzook Dec 4, 2009 12:39 PM

                                              What's the highest-ever ranking of a new restaurant on the Chowhound Ultimate LA Restaurants Poll?

                                              4 Replies
                                              1. re: maxzook
                                                r
                                                RicRios Dec 4, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                Max: polls schmolls, quiz schmiz.
                                                The people want da ULTIMATE results.
                                                Before Hannukkah.
                                                Or your big bonus pay will be at risk.

                                                1. re: RicRios
                                                  m
                                                  mc michael Dec 4, 2009 08:11 PM

                                                  We can wait.

                                                  1. re: RicRios
                                                    maxzook Dec 5, 2009 12:01 PM

                                                    If I was waiting for a bonus on this, I'd be very disappointed. The poll closes the 1st day of Hanukkah, and the results will be up a day or so later.

                                                    Osteria Mozza was #2 in its first year, 2007.

                                                    What restaurant (not a newbie) made it to the top 10 even though it had received no votes at all the previous year?

                                                    1. re: maxzook
                                                      maxzook Dec 6, 2009 01:41 PM

                                                      Some time between the 2007 and 2008 polls, Chowhounders must have discovered the Red Line ...

                                                      Langer's in 2007: no votes. Langer's in 2008: #2 overall.

                                                2. d
                                                  degustateur Dec 2, 2009 03:12 PM

                                                  church & state
                                                  water grill
                                                  spago
                                                  valentino
                                                  pizzeria mozza

                                                  <25
                                                  moles la tia
                                                  mariscos chente
                                                  bollini's pizzeria napolitana
                                                  sea harbour (dim sum)
                                                  foo-foo tei

                                                  1. g
                                                    goop Dec 2, 2009 02:49 PM

                                                    Over $25
                                                    1. Bazaar
                                                    2. Spago
                                                    3. Providence
                                                    4. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                    5. Mastros

                                                    Under $25
                                                    1. Panns
                                                    2. Carousel
                                                    3. Gyu Kaku
                                                    4. Joes Pizza (Santa monica)
                                                    5. Marouch

                                                    1. c
                                                      coolcookla Dec 2, 2009 02:33 PM

                                                      +25
                                                      Barbrix
                                                      Hungry Cat
                                                      Palate
                                                      Hatfields

                                                      -25
                                                      Gingergrass
                                                      Katsuya
                                                      Wat Dong Moon Lek
                                                      Local

                                                      1. n
                                                        Newkie Dec 2, 2009 10:43 AM

                                                        Over $25
                                                        AOC
                                                        Pizzeria Mozza
                                                        Grace
                                                        Spago
                                                        The Bazaar

                                                        Under $25
                                                        Joan's on Third
                                                        Loteria Grill
                                                        Doughboys (once it reopens)
                                                        Little Next Door
                                                        Unami Burger

                                                        1. i
                                                          ibrndubs Dec 1, 2009 10:57 AM

                                                          Over $25:
                                                          1. The Bazaar
                                                          2. BLT Steak
                                                          3. Ago
                                                          4. Koi
                                                          5. Capo

                                                          Under $25:
                                                          1. Bossa Nova
                                                          2. Bay Cities Italian Deli
                                                          3. California Chicken Cafe
                                                          4. Little Brothers Sushi
                                                          5. C & O Trattoria

                                                          1. a
                                                            AAQjr Nov 30, 2009 09:07 PM

                                                            Above:

                                                            Melisse
                                                            EVA
                                                            Hide Sushi
                                                            Fords Filling Station
                                                            Nook

                                                            Below:
                                                            Fathers Office
                                                            Bay Cities
                                                            Pizzeria Moza
                                                            Mont Alban
                                                            Titos Tacos

                                                            1 Reply
                                                            1. re: AAQjr
                                                              a
                                                              AAQjr Nov 30, 2009 09:17 PM

                                                              And if there was a category for best place to eat after working the line all night.. I'd have to vote for Ruen Pair!

                                                            2. w
                                                              wasabica Nov 30, 2009 03:45 PM

                                                              >$25:
                                                              Bazaar
                                                              Capo
                                                              Urasawa
                                                              Chez Melange
                                                              Angelini Osteria

                                                              <$25
                                                              Fraiche
                                                              Church and State
                                                              Gjelina
                                                              Bouzy Gastropub
                                                              Artist Crawfish

                                                              1 Reply
                                                              1. re: wasabica
                                                                honkman Nov 30, 2009 08:33 PM

                                                                Fraiche under $25 ? They have hardly any entree below $25

                                                              2. Schweinhaxen Nov 30, 2009 11:07 AM

                                                                OVER $25

                                                                Westside Tavern
                                                                Church & State
                                                                Spago
                                                                Gjelina
                                                                Providence

                                                                Under $25

                                                                Langer's
                                                                Umami Burger
                                                                Din Tai Fung
                                                                Santouka
                                                                Vito's

                                                                1. maxzook Nov 30, 2009 09:57 AM

                                                                  Orange County restaurant fans: OCAnn has started her 2009 Ultimate OC Restaurants Poll:

                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670162

                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                  1. re: maxzook
                                                                    OCAnn Dec 7, 2009 12:50 PM

                                                                    Thanks Max...the OC poll can surely use the boost!

                                                                  2. SpudPal Nov 29, 2009 12:38 PM

                                                                    over $25/person:
                                                                    Little Dom's
                                                                    Canele
                                                                    AOC
                                                                    Grace
                                                                    Sushi Nozawa

                                                                    under $25/person:
                                                                    Sushi Isshin
                                                                    Nickel Diner
                                                                    Viet Noodle Bar
                                                                    Cha Cha Cha
                                                                    Agra Cafe

                                                                    1. b
                                                                      banquisha Nov 29, 2009 11:33 AM

                                                                      under:
                                                                      the yard (santa monica)
                                                                      jitlada
                                                                      phillipe's french dip
                                                                      mariscos chente
                                                                      la cachette bistro (lunch only, santa monica)
                                                                      over:
                                                                      the bazaar
                                                                      westside tavern
                                                                      katsuya
                                                                      torihei
                                                                      nanbankan

                                                                      1. c
                                                                        cvc Nov 29, 2009 09:01 AM

                                                                        Wow! Ten choices just like the Oscars this year. Thanks for your work on this.

                                                                        over $25
                                                                        Gjelina
                                                                        Westside Tavern
                                                                        Church & State
                                                                        The Brentwood Tavern
                                                                        R&D

                                                                        under $25
                                                                        The Oinkster
                                                                        Clementine's
                                                                        Pie 'n Burger
                                                                        Father's Office
                                                                        Full House

                                                                        1. a
                                                                          a213b Nov 28, 2009 08:51 PM

                                                                          Over $25:

                                                                          Animal
                                                                          Bazaar
                                                                          Church & State
                                                                          Hatfield's
                                                                          Osteria Mozza
                                                                          (preferences just happened to be in alphabetical order)

                                                                          Under $25

                                                                          Salsa & Beer
                                                                          Umami Burger
                                                                          Pita Kitchen
                                                                          KC BBQ
                                                                          Pann's

                                                                          3 Replies
                                                                          1. re: a213b
                                                                            maxzook Nov 29, 2009 03:30 PM

                                                                            I'm going to assume that KC BBQ is Kansas City BBQ on Magnolia in NoHo.

                                                                            1. re: maxzook
                                                                              a
                                                                              a213b Nov 29, 2009 10:11 PM

                                                                              That is correct good sir. And thanks for taking this on again.

                                                                            2. re: a213b
                                                                              trixel Nov 30, 2009 02:15 PM

                                                                              I completely forgot about Salsa & Beer. Their Carne Adovado (Adovado?) is delicious.

                                                                            3. the capers Nov 28, 2009 08:16 PM

                                                                              over

                                                                              hatfield's
                                                                              providence
                                                                              animal
                                                                              pizzeria mozza
                                                                              sona

                                                                              under

                                                                              golden state
                                                                              kang kang food court
                                                                              daikokuya
                                                                              mario's peruvian
                                                                              umami burger

                                                                              1. r
                                                                                ronsilverado Nov 28, 2009 02:48 PM

                                                                                wow, thinking about this list really makes one appreciate how much amazing food we have for under $25.

                                                                                Over
                                                                                Gjelina
                                                                                Hiko Sushi
                                                                                Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                Tavern
                                                                                Craft

                                                                                Under
                                                                                Langer's (always and forever)
                                                                                Mo chica
                                                                                Kobawoo
                                                                                Marouch
                                                                                Huaraches Azteca

                                                                                1. A5 KOBE Nov 27, 2009 11:03 PM

                                                                                  Over:

                                                                                  CUT
                                                                                  The Bazaar
                                                                                  Urasawa
                                                                                  Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                  Animal

                                                                                  Under:

                                                                                  Square One Dining
                                                                                  Brent's
                                                                                  Santouka
                                                                                  Bludso's BBQ
                                                                                  Din Tai Fung

                                                                                  1. g
                                                                                    grublah Nov 25, 2009 01:35 PM

                                                                                    Over $25
                                                                                    1. Cut
                                                                                    2. BLT Steak
                                                                                    3. Mastros
                                                                                    4. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                    5. Sona

                                                                                    Under $25
                                                                                    1. Bay Cities
                                                                                    2. Westside Tavern
                                                                                    3. Fuentes
                                                                                    4. Loteria Grill
                                                                                    5. Porto’s Bakery

                                                                                    1. lil mikey Nov 24, 2009 06:31 PM

                                                                                      Thank you Max for doing this.

                                                                                      Over $25

                                                                                      1. Urasawa
                                                                                      2. Providence
                                                                                      3. Kagaya
                                                                                      4. Eva
                                                                                      5. Bashan

                                                                                      Under $25

                                                                                      1. Puro Sabor
                                                                                      2. Tropicalia
                                                                                      3. Mariscos al Chente
                                                                                      4. Ruen Pair
                                                                                      5. Taix

                                                                                      1. tablefor1 Nov 24, 2009 06:12 PM

                                                                                        +$25

                                                                                        Animal
                                                                                        Church & State
                                                                                        Gjelina
                                                                                        Matsuhisa
                                                                                        Providence

                                                                                        -$25
                                                                                        Umami Burger
                                                                                        El Conchinito
                                                                                        Jitlada
                                                                                        Marisco Chente
                                                                                        Kogi

                                                                                        1. d
                                                                                          dineomatic Nov 24, 2009 05:09 PM

                                                                                          Over $25 -wish I had $$ to go to the last 3 more.
                                                                                          Pizzeria Mozza (Tuesday's duck confit)
                                                                                          Carlito Gardel (lunch cheeseburger)
                                                                                          Jar
                                                                                          Lou on Vine
                                                                                          Vincenti Ristorante

                                                                                          Under $25 - don't get west of B.H. much.
                                                                                          Langers
                                                                                          La Cabanita (Montrose)
                                                                                          Casa Bianca
                                                                                          Carousel (Hollywood Blvd.)
                                                                                          Portillo's (Buena Park)

                                                                                          1. trixel Nov 24, 2009 11:38 AM

                                                                                            Over $25
                                                                                            Chiba Japanese Restaurant

                                                                                            Under $25
                                                                                            Dino's Pizza
                                                                                            Damons Glendale Steakhouse
                                                                                            Lido Pizza
                                                                                            Porto's Bakery (not for a special occasion, but definitely to out of town friends)
                                                                                            Cole's

                                                                                            -----
                                                                                            Damons Glendale Steakhouse
                                                                                            317 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

                                                                                            Porto's Bakery
                                                                                            3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

                                                                                            Dino's Pizza
                                                                                            3520 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

                                                                                            Cole's
                                                                                            118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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

                                                                                            Lido Pizza
                                                                                            15232 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411

                                                                                            1 Reply
                                                                                            1. re: trixel
                                                                                              p
                                                                                              PaliBruin Nov 24, 2009 04:05 PM

                                                                                              Over$25

                                                                                              Angelini Osteria
                                                                                              Melisse
                                                                                              Providence
                                                                                              AOC
                                                                                              Lucques

                                                                                              Under $25
                                                                                              Phillipes
                                                                                              King Taco
                                                                                              Juniors Deli
                                                                                              Bobby's Diner (W.H.)
                                                                                              Langers

                                                                                            2. maxzook Nov 23, 2009 03:29 PM

                                                                                              True or false: Spago is the only Wolfgang Puck restaurant to make the Top 10 in any Chowhound LA Restaurant poll.

                                                                                              1 Reply
                                                                                              1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                maxzook Nov 24, 2009 10:49 AM

                                                                                                False. Cut was #8 in 2006.

                                                                                              2. burp_excuzme Nov 22, 2009 02:16 PM

                                                                                                I've never really had much + $25 meals, so here's my under-$25:

                                                                                                - Umami Burger
                                                                                                - Mendocino Farms
                                                                                                - Mr Pizza Factory
                                                                                                - Langer's
                                                                                                - In-N-Out

                                                                                                1. r
                                                                                                  Robert Thornton Nov 21, 2009 10:46 PM

                                                                                                  Over:
                                                                                                  1) Providence
                                                                                                  2) Melisse
                                                                                                  3) Mori
                                                                                                  4) Palate
                                                                                                  5) Drago Centro

                                                                                                  Under:
                                                                                                  1) Sea Harbour
                                                                                                  2) Ruen Pair
                                                                                                  3) Hide Sushi
                                                                                                  4) Tibet Nepal House
                                                                                                  5) Vito’s

                                                                                                  1. maxzook Nov 21, 2009 06:51 PM

                                                                                                    Besides Urasawa, what's the only Japanese restaurant to make the overall Top 10 from any past Chow LA Poll?

                                                                                                    3 Replies
                                                                                                    1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                      m
                                                                                                      mc michael Nov 21, 2009 11:06 PM

                                                                                                      On a guess: Matsuhisa.

                                                                                                      1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                        Emme Nov 22, 2009 08:09 AM

                                                                                                        I'd guess a sushi place as well... something like Zo or Nozawa or Katsuya....

                                                                                                        1. re: Emme
                                                                                                          maxzook Nov 22, 2009 10:37 AM

                                                                                                          Sushi Nozawa was #10 overall in 2003.

                                                                                                          Last year Santouka Ramen tied for #6 in the $25-and-under. Nanbankan and Izakaya Bincho were #12 and #15.

                                                                                                      2. l
                                                                                                        ljeanne Nov 20, 2009 09:57 AM

                                                                                                        >$25
                                                                                                        AOC
                                                                                                        Chinois
                                                                                                        Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                        Chaya Venice
                                                                                                        Itacho

                                                                                                        <$25
                                                                                                        Bar Pintxo
                                                                                                        Manchego
                                                                                                        Bulan Thai
                                                                                                        Seed
                                                                                                        BreadBar

                                                                                                        7 Replies
                                                                                                        1. re: ljeanne
                                                                                                          g
                                                                                                          gdodgerfan Nov 20, 2009 10:32 AM

                                                                                                          Over 25
                                                                                                          Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                          Mastro's
                                                                                                          Crustacean-Must have crab couple times a year
                                                                                                          Water Grill
                                                                                                          Leila's

                                                                                                          Under 25
                                                                                                          Philippe's
                                                                                                          Apple Pan
                                                                                                          In n Out
                                                                                                          Apple Pan
                                                                                                          Lamonica's Pizza

                                                                                                          A wish for Bay Cities, being in Agoura, we don't have such a sandwitch shop that I've heard so much about but would love to try

                                                                                                          1. re: gdodgerfan
                                                                                                            s
                                                                                                            SouthernFoodie08 Nov 20, 2009 10:38 AM

                                                                                                            Thanks for doing this!

                                                                                                            over $25
                                                                                                            1. Animal
                                                                                                            2. Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                            3. Katsu Ya (original)
                                                                                                            4. JiRaffe
                                                                                                            5. Katsu (now closed, but I would put it on my list for this year)

                                                                                                            Under $25
                                                                                                            1. Langers
                                                                                                            2. Umami
                                                                                                            3. Mo Chica
                                                                                                            4. Vito's Pizza
                                                                                                            5. Jitlada
                                                                                                            (close 6. to In N Out)

                                                                                                            1. re: SouthernFoodie08
                                                                                                              s
                                                                                                              SouthernFoodie08 Nov 20, 2009 10:43 AM

                                                                                                              I need to edit myself already!! How could I forget Mariscos Chente???

                                                                                                              So. . my under $25 is:
                                                                                                              1. Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                              2. Langers
                                                                                                              3. Umami
                                                                                                              4. Mo Chica
                                                                                                              5. Jitlada
                                                                                                              (6. between Vito's and In N Out)

                                                                                                            2. re: gdodgerfan
                                                                                                              maxzook Nov 20, 2009 11:47 AM

                                                                                                              gdodgerfan: You voted for Apple Pan twice. Post a revote as a reply if you wish.

                                                                                                              1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                m
                                                                                                                mc michael Nov 20, 2009 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                Probably means s/he orders the double cheese.

                                                                                                                1. re: mc michael
                                                                                                                  g
                                                                                                                  globalgourmet Nov 20, 2009 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                  Over $25
                                                                                                                  1.Water Grill
                                                                                                                  2.Cafe des Artistes
                                                                                                                  3.Girasole

                                                                                                                  Under $25
                                                                                                                  1. Joe's Pizza (SM & West Hwood)
                                                                                                                  2. Vito's Pizza
                                                                                                                  3. Zankou Chicken
                                                                                                                  4. Griddle Cafe
                                                                                                                  5. The Village Coffee Shop (Beachwood Cyn.)

                                                                                                                  1. re: globalgourmet
                                                                                                                    m
                                                                                                                    mc michael Nov 20, 2009 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                    Whoa! The Village Coffee Shop. Now, that's a time warp!

                                                                                                          2. j
                                                                                                            Juji Nov 19, 2009 12:46 PM

                                                                                                            Over $25
                                                                                                            Bazaar
                                                                                                            Spago
                                                                                                            Jar
                                                                                                            Melisse
                                                                                                            Gjelina

                                                                                                            Under $25
                                                                                                            Antica Pizzeria
                                                                                                            Tacos Por Favor
                                                                                                            Bay Cities
                                                                                                            Wurstkuche
                                                                                                            La Grande Orange

                                                                                                            1. k
                                                                                                              kiwi01 Nov 19, 2009 12:28 AM

                                                                                                              Over $25
                                                                                                              1) Urasawa
                                                                                                              2) Providence
                                                                                                              3) Vibrato Jazz Grill
                                                                                                              4) Asanebo
                                                                                                              5) Water Grill
                                                                                                              5)

                                                                                                              Under $25
                                                                                                              1) Langer's
                                                                                                              2) Tacos Baja Ensenada
                                                                                                              3) Santouka Ramen
                                                                                                              4) Pho 79
                                                                                                              5) Porto's Bakery

                                                                                                              1. maxzook Nov 18, 2009 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                Which has received more points in past Chowhound Ultimate L.A. Restaurant polls: Osteria Mozza or Pizzeria Mozza?

                                                                                                                4 Replies
                                                                                                                1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                  maxzook Nov 19, 2009 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                  Pizzeria Mozza (originally named Mozza) opened in 2006 and got 22 points, just missing the Top 10. But even without that head start, over the last two years it has still beat the Osteria by 121 points to 97.

                                                                                                                  Can you name two other pizza places that have made the Chowhound LA Poll Top 10?

                                                                                                                  1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                    RacerX Nov 20, 2009 02:14 AM

                                                                                                                    I'm guessing one of them has to be Casa Bianca.

                                                                                                                    As for the other, maybe Joe's??

                                                                                                                    1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                      m
                                                                                                                      mc michael Nov 20, 2009 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                      If one is Spago, I'm calling trick question.

                                                                                                                      1. re: mc michael
                                                                                                                        maxzook Nov 20, 2009 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                        It's a trick question, but not just because of Spago which after all, *is* known to a lot of people from its days on the Strop as "Wolfgang Puck's pizza place." And Valentino has pizza on the menu as an appetizer.

                                                                                                                        Spago has made the Top 10 every year except 2007; Valentino made it in 2002 and 2003. Last year's $25-and-under list had Casa Bianca at #11 and Caioti at #20.

                                                                                                                  2. a
                                                                                                                    altstarr Nov 17, 2009 10:45 PM

                                                                                                                    REVOTE FOR UNDER $25

                                                                                                                    OVER $25
                                                                                                                    Providence
                                                                                                                    Sea Harbour
                                                                                                                    Valentino's
                                                                                                                    Spago
                                                                                                                    Mastro's Steakhouse

                                                                                                                    UNDER $25
                                                                                                                    Elite Restaurant
                                                                                                                    Versailles
                                                                                                                    Javan
                                                                                                                    Pho 79
                                                                                                                    Savoy Grill

                                                                                                                    1 Reply
                                                                                                                    1. re: altstarr
                                                                                                                      maxzook Nov 18, 2009 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                      Revote noted.

                                                                                                                    2. maxzook Nov 17, 2009 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                      Time for another Chow Poll Trivia Challenge:

                                                                                                                      Can you name three of last year's Top 25 that close for business by 6 pm or earlier?

                                                                                                                      2 Replies
                                                                                                                      1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                        Grog Nov 17, 2009 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                        Langer’s Deli
                                                                                                                        Bay Cities
                                                                                                                        Square One

                                                                                                                        1. re: Grog
                                                                                                                          maxzook Nov 17, 2009 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                          We have a winner!

                                                                                                                      2. a
                                                                                                                        altstarr Nov 16, 2009 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                        OVER $25
                                                                                                                        Providence
                                                                                                                        Sea Harbour
                                                                                                                        Valentino's
                                                                                                                        Spago
                                                                                                                        Mastro's Steakhouse

                                                                                                                        UNDER $25
                                                                                                                        Elite Restaurant
                                                                                                                        Javan
                                                                                                                        Pho 79
                                                                                                                        Savoy Grill
                                                                                                                        Baby Blues BBQ

                                                                                                                        -----
                                                                                                                        Providence
                                                                                                                        5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                                                                                                                        Spago
                                                                                                                        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                        Baby Blues BBQ
                                                                                                                        444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                                                                                                        Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
                                                                                                                        3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA

                                                                                                                        1. LA Buckeye Fan Nov 16, 2009 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                          Thanks for doing this, Maxzook.

                                                                                                                          Less than $25
                                                                                                                          Gilbert's El Indio
                                                                                                                          The Oinkster
                                                                                                                          Brent's Deli
                                                                                                                          Sol y Luna
                                                                                                                          In-n-Out (forgive me)

                                                                                                                          Over $25
                                                                                                                          Mastro's Beverly Hills
                                                                                                                          Joe's
                                                                                                                          Warsawa
                                                                                                                          Delmonicos
                                                                                                                          Dar Magrebs

                                                                                                                          -----
                                                                                                                          Oinkster
                                                                                                                          2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                                                                          Brent's Deli
                                                                                                                          2799 Townsgate Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

                                                                                                                          Gilbert's El Indio
                                                                                                                          2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                                                                                                          El Indio
                                                                                                                          22816 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                                                          Mastros Restaurant
                                                                                                                          2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                                                                                                                          1. t
                                                                                                                            toonoble Nov 16, 2009 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                            Over $25
                                                                                                                            1. Lucques
                                                                                                                            2. Bazaar
                                                                                                                            3. Mozza
                                                                                                                            4. Hatfields
                                                                                                                            5. Angelini Osteria

                                                                                                                            Under $25
                                                                                                                            1. Umami
                                                                                                                            2. Bay Cities Deli
                                                                                                                            3. Langers
                                                                                                                            4. Hide Sushi
                                                                                                                            5. Roscoes Chicken and Waffles

                                                                                                                            1. h
                                                                                                                              herculesmulligan Nov 16, 2009 04:16 AM

                                                                                                                              Over $25:
                                                                                                                              1) Lucques
                                                                                                                              2) Joe's
                                                                                                                              3) Vincenti Ristorante
                                                                                                                              4) Grace
                                                                                                                              5) Osteria Angelini

                                                                                                                              Under $25

                                                                                                                              1) Minestraio
                                                                                                                              2) Colori Kitchen
                                                                                                                              3) Bob's Doughnuts
                                                                                                                              4) Breadbar
                                                                                                                              5) Larchmont Wine and Cheese

                                                                                                                              -----
                                                                                                                              Colori Kitchen
                                                                                                                              429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                                                                                                              Lucques
                                                                                                                              8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                                                                                                              Vincenti Restaurant
                                                                                                                              11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                                                                                                                              1. lotta_cox Nov 15, 2009 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                Over $25:
                                                                                                                                Church & State
                                                                                                                                Fig
                                                                                                                                Saddle Peak Lodge
                                                                                                                                The Bazaar
                                                                                                                                Animal

                                                                                                                                Under $25
                                                                                                                                Haru Ulala
                                                                                                                                Cole's
                                                                                                                                Jitlada
                                                                                                                                Umami
                                                                                                                                Loteria at the Farmer's Market

                                                                                                                                1. c
                                                                                                                                  compucook Nov 15, 2009 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                  Over $25
                                                                                                                                  Nook Bistro
                                                                                                                                  Westside Tavern
                                                                                                                                  Orris
                                                                                                                                  Mozza Osteria
                                                                                                                                  Mozza Pizzeria

                                                                                                                                  Under $25
                                                                                                                                  Javan
                                                                                                                                  Taco Miendo (Inglewood/Culver)
                                                                                                                                  Fresh Corn Grill
                                                                                                                                  Cuvee
                                                                                                                                  La Conversation

                                                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                                                  Nook Bistro
                                                                                                                                  11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                                                                                                                                  La Conversation
                                                                                                                                  638 N Doheny Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                                                                                                                                  Fresh Corn Grill
                                                                                                                                  1510 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                                                                                                                                  Westside Tavern
                                                                                                                                  10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                                  Cuvee
                                                                                                                                  2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                                                                                                                                  1. o
                                                                                                                                    Obessed Nov 14, 2009 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                    Under $25
                                                                                                                                    Vito's Pizza
                                                                                                                                    Jitlada
                                                                                                                                    Father's Office
                                                                                                                                    Irv's Burger
                                                                                                                                    Loteria

                                                                                                                                    Over $25
                                                                                                                                    Animal
                                                                                                                                    Campanile
                                                                                                                                    Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                    Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                    Jar

                                                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                                                    The Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                    1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                                                    Jitlada
                                                                                                                                    5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                                    Vito's Pizza
                                                                                                                                    846 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                                                                                                                    Irv's Burgers
                                                                                                                                    8289 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

                                                                                                                                    Father's Office Bar
                                                                                                                                    1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                                                                                                                                    Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                    641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                    1. caveatempty Nov 14, 2009 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                      Over $25:
                                                                                                                                      Spago
                                                                                                                                      Palate Food+Wine
                                                                                                                                      Animal
                                                                                                                                      Church and State
                                                                                                                                      Providence

                                                                                                                                      Under $25:
                                                                                                                                      Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                                      Langers
                                                                                                                                      Umami Burger
                                                                                                                                      Carousel
                                                                                                                                      Ham Ji Park

                                                                                                                                      -----
                                                                                                                                      Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                                      955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                                                                                                                      Providence
                                                                                                                                      5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                                                                                                                                      Spago
                                                                                                                                      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                      Langer's Delicatessen
                                                                                                                                      704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                                                                                                      Carousel Restaurant
                                                                                                                                      304 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

                                                                                                                                      Palate Food & Wine
                                                                                                                                      933 South Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204

                                                                                                                                      Animal
                                                                                                                                      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                      Umami Burger
                                                                                                                                      850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                      Church & State
                                                                                                                                      1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

                                                                                                                                      Ham Ji Park
                                                                                                                                      3407 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                                                                                                                                      1. b
                                                                                                                                        burglover Nov 13, 2009 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                        Over $25:
                                                                                                                                        Melisse
                                                                                                                                        Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                                                        Bazaar
                                                                                                                                        Sona
                                                                                                                                        Lucques

                                                                                                                                        Under $25:
                                                                                                                                        Santouka
                                                                                                                                        Sea Harbor
                                                                                                                                        Torihei
                                                                                                                                        Jitlada
                                                                                                                                        Mariscos Chente

                                                                                                                                        -----
                                                                                                                                        Jitlada
                                                                                                                                        5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                                        Sona
                                                                                                                                        401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

                                                                                                                                        Santouka
                                                                                                                                        3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                                                                        Lucques
                                                                                                                                        8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                                                                                                                        Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                        4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                                                                        Torihei
                                                                                                                                        1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                                                                        Marisco's
                                                                                                                                        718 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

                                                                                                                                        1 Reply
                                                                                                                                        1. re: burglover
                                                                                                                                          f
                                                                                                                                          flowergirl Nov 13, 2009 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                          Over $25
                                                                                                                                          Providence
                                                                                                                                          The Ivy
                                                                                                                                          Mastros Steak in Beverly Hills
                                                                                                                                          Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                                                          Lawry's

                                                                                                                                          Under $25
                                                                                                                                          Mario's Peruvian
                                                                                                                                          Colori Kitchen
                                                                                                                                          Richmond Street Bar and Grille in El Segundo
                                                                                                                                          La Grande Orange in S M
                                                                                                                                          3 Square

                                                                                                                                          -----
                                                                                                                                          Colori Kitchen
                                                                                                                                          429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                                                                                                                          3 Square Cafe
                                                                                                                                          1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                                                                                                                          Mario's Peruvian
                                                                                                                                          15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

                                                                                                                                          Mastros Restaurant
                                                                                                                                          2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                                                                                                                                          La Grande Orange Cafe
                                                                                                                                          260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

                                                                                                                                        2. maxzook Nov 13, 2009 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                          A Chowhound LA Poll trivia question:

                                                                                                                                          What's the highest-ranking Mexican restaurant from any of the past Chow LA Polls?

                                                                                                                                          9 Replies
                                                                                                                                          1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                                            JAB Nov 13, 2009 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                            Babita?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: JAB
                                                                                                                                              maxzook Nov 13, 2009 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                              No.

                                                                                                                                              Last year Babita got five points from two voters.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                                              JAB Nov 13, 2009 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                              I was thinking high end. TBE?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                                                maxzook Nov 13, 2009 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                The answer:

                                                                                                                                                Babita debuted in 2006 with 24 points but only made it to 14th place. Last year, Loteria and Monte Alban had nine points each, but neither made it to a high ranking.

                                                                                                                                                The highest-RANKED Mexican place from any past poll ...

                                                                                                                                                and I am NOT making this up ...

                                                                                                                                                in seventh place in 2002 with eleven points ...

                                                                                                                                                Tito's Tacos.

                                                                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                                                                Tito's Tacos
                                                                                                                                                11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

                                                                                                                                                1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                                                  g
                                                                                                                                                  GK in SO Nov 13, 2009 10:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                  You're kidding, right Max?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GK in SO
                                                                                                                                                    maxzook Nov 14, 2009 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                    If you knew me, you'd know there is nothing in life I take as seriously as the Chowhound Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurant Poll.

                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/52409

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                                                      g
                                                                                                                                                      GK in SO Nov 14, 2009 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Max, I've seen past polls and know how serious you take them. No proof was needed! (but, thanks anyways!). I was just astonished that "Tito's" and "Best Mexican" were actually what Hounds voted.

                                                                                                                                                      I find it hard to believe that there's not another Mexican resto in the LA area that couldn't top Tito's, such as Mariscos Chente.

                                                                                                                                                      -----
                                                                                                                                                      Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                      10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

                                                                                                                                                      Marisco's
                                                                                                                                                      718 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GK in SO
                                                                                                                                                        m
                                                                                                                                                        mc michael Nov 14, 2009 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                        That was then. This is now.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mc michael
                                                                                                                                                          g
                                                                                                                                                          GK in SO Nov 16, 2009 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                          My amazement was a cumulative one, meaning that over the many years the poll has been done, that there hasn't been a single under $25 Mexican restaurant in LA that's made the poll, what with some many excellent Mexican resto's in LA.

                                                                                                                                                          Hopefully Mariscos Chente will change that in the 2009 poll!

                                                                                                                                                          -----
                                                                                                                                                          Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                          10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

                                                                                                                                                          Marisco's
                                                                                                                                                          718 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

                                                                                                                                                2. Grog Nov 12, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                  > $25
                                                                                                                                                  1. Bazaar-(specifically Saam - never ate in the main dining room)
                                                                                                                                                  2. Osteris Mozza
                                                                                                                                                  3. Palate
                                                                                                                                                  4. Rivera
                                                                                                                                                  5. Z Sushi

                                                                                                                                                  < $25
                                                                                                                                                  1. Viet Noodle Bar
                                                                                                                                                  2. Pure Luck
                                                                                                                                                  3. Hugo's Tacos
                                                                                                                                                  4. Ruen Pair
                                                                                                                                                  5. Huarache Azteca

                                                                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                                                                  Ruen Pair Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                  5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                                                  Z Sushi
                                                                                                                                                  1132 N Garfield Ave, Alhambra, CA 91801

                                                                                                                                                  Viet Noodle Bar
                                                                                                                                                  3133 1 2 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                                                                                                                                                  Pure Luck Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                  707 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                                                                                                                                                  Hugo's Taco's
                                                                                                                                                  3300 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                                                                                                                                                  1. e
                                                                                                                                                    estone888 Nov 12, 2009 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Over $25
                                                                                                                                                    1 Providence
                                                                                                                                                    2 Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                    3 Church & State
                                                                                                                                                    4 Babita
                                                                                                                                                    5 Drago Centro

                                                                                                                                                    Under $25
                                                                                                                                                    1 Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                    2 Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                    3 J&J Shanghai
                                                                                                                                                    4 Bludso's BBQ
                                                                                                                                                    5 Illegal al pastor cart at Avenue 26 & Humboldt, near Highland Park

                                                                                                                                                    1. maxzook Nov 12, 2009 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Everyone be careful of similar names. For example, The Tavern in Brentwood is different than Westside Tavern on Pico (and then of course there's Laurel Tavern in Studio City and who knows how many other various Taverns ...) When in doubt, list the city or street in parentheses, otherwise I will assume that any stray "taverns" are the Brentwood establishment.

                                                                                                                                                      Also: If you have posted your votes and then change your mind or want to fix a mistake, please DO NOT EDIT the original post, or there's a possibility I'll miss it (don't worry, Lorenzo dM, I caught yours). Just post is as a separate reply to the original vote, and to be extra careful say "I'm voting again".

                                                                                                                                                      1. Tom P Nov 11, 2009 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                        OVER 25

                                                                                                                                                        CHURCH AND STATE
                                                                                                                                                        LUCQUES
                                                                                                                                                        TAVERN
                                                                                                                                                        LOU
                                                                                                                                                        TAYLOR'S STEAKS (Koreatown)

                                                                                                                                                        UNDER 25

                                                                                                                                                        PIZZARIA MOZZA
                                                                                                                                                        WESTSIDE TAVERN
                                                                                                                                                        CANELE
                                                                                                                                                        LOTERIA GRILL
                                                                                                                                                        LANGERS

                                                                                                                                                        1. t
                                                                                                                                                          TailbackU Nov 10, 2009 11:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Over $25
                                                                                                                                                          Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                          Providence
                                                                                                                                                          Mastros
                                                                                                                                                          Barbrix
                                                                                                                                                          Sushi Nozawa

                                                                                                                                                          Under $25
                                                                                                                                                          25 Degrees
                                                                                                                                                          Gingergrass
                                                                                                                                                          Toast
                                                                                                                                                          Langers
                                                                                                                                                          Mozza Pizzeria

                                                                                                                                                          1. f
                                                                                                                                                            foodiemahoodie Nov 10, 2009 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Over $25
                                                                                                                                                            1. Melisse
                                                                                                                                                            2. Providence
                                                                                                                                                            3. The Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                            4. Mori Sushi
                                                                                                                                                            5. Spago

                                                                                                                                                            Under

                                                                                                                                                            1. Father's Office
                                                                                                                                                            2. Monte Alban
                                                                                                                                                            3. 3 Square
                                                                                                                                                            4. Gjelina
                                                                                                                                                            5. Oinkster

                                                                                                                                                            -----
                                                                                                                                                            Oinkster
                                                                                                                                                            2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                                                                                                            Spago
                                                                                                                                                            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                            Monte Alban
                                                                                                                                                            11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                                                            3 Square Cafe
                                                                                                                                                            1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                                                                                                                                            Father's Office Bar
                                                                                                                                                            1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                                                                                                                                                            Gjelina
                                                                                                                                                            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

                                                                                                                                                            Mori Sushi
                                                                                                                                                            34320 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste B, Dana Point, CA 92629

                                                                                                                                                            1. l
                                                                                                                                                              ldodb Nov 10, 2009 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Over 25
                                                                                                                                                              Spago
                                                                                                                                                              Totoraku
                                                                                                                                                              Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                              Go's Mart
                                                                                                                                                              Lucques

                                                                                                                                                              Under 25
                                                                                                                                                              Langers
                                                                                                                                                              Fathers Office
                                                                                                                                                              Izakaya Bincho
                                                                                                                                                              bay cities
                                                                                                                                                              loteria

                                                                                                                                                              Under 25
                                                                                                                                                              Langers

                                                                                                                                                              -----
                                                                                                                                                              Spago
                                                                                                                                                              176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                              Go's Mart
                                                                                                                                                              22330 Sherman Way, Los Angeles, CA 91303

                                                                                                                                                              Lucques
                                                                                                                                                              8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                                                                                                                                              Izakaya Bincho
                                                                                                                                                              112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                                                                                                                                                              Totoraku
                                                                                                                                                              10610 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                                                                                                                              Izakaya
                                                                                                                                                              8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                                                                                              1. Reeter1 Nov 10, 2009 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Over 25 -
                                                                                                                                                                Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                Church and State
                                                                                                                                                                Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                Bistro LQ
                                                                                                                                                                Park's BBQ

                                                                                                                                                                Under 25 -
                                                                                                                                                                My Taco (Highland Park)
                                                                                                                                                                Lunasia (dim sum)
                                                                                                                                                                Sushi Gen (for lunch)
                                                                                                                                                                Folliero's Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                Pho 79

                                                                                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                                                                                Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                                                                                                                                                Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                                                                                                                                                Bistro LQ
                                                                                                                                                                8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                                                                                                Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                                                Pho
                                                                                                                                                                1147 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                                                                                                                                                My Taco Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                6300 York Blvd Ste 4, Los Angeles, CA 90042

                                                                                                                                                                1. j
                                                                                                                                                                  jacknhedy Nov 10, 2009 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  over 25 -
                                                                                                                                                                  1. providence
                                                                                                                                                                  2. ortolan
                                                                                                                                                                  3. bistro lq
                                                                                                                                                                  4. josie
                                                                                                                                                                  5. pizzeria mozza
                                                                                                                                                                  5.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. a
                                                                                                                                                                    anothernotch Nov 10, 2009 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    over 25
                                                                                                                                                                    1) Providence
                                                                                                                                                                    2) Spago
                                                                                                                                                                    3) Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                    4) Chinois
                                                                                                                                                                    5) Melisse

                                                                                                                                                                    Under
                                                                                                                                                                    1) Hide Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                    2) Gilbert's El Indio
                                                                                                                                                                    3) Hole in the Wall Burger
                                                                                                                                                                    4) Sushi Gen - for lunch
                                                                                                                                                                    5) Father's Office

                                                                                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                                                                                    Spago
                                                                                                                                                                    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                    Gilbert's El Indio
                                                                                                                                                                    2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                                                                                                                                                    El Indio
                                                                                                                                                                    22816 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                                                                                                    Father's Office Bar
                                                                                                                                                                    1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                                                                                                                                                                    Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                    641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                                                    1. a
                                                                                                                                                                      albatruffles Nov 10, 2009 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                      1 Providence
                                                                                                                                                                      2 Spago
                                                                                                                                                                      3 CUT
                                                                                                                                                                      4 The Hump
                                                                                                                                                                      5 Hatfield's

                                                                                                                                                                      Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                      1 Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                      2 Wurstküche
                                                                                                                                                                      3 Mo Chica
                                                                                                                                                                      4 Umami Burger
                                                                                                                                                                      5 Kogi BBQ Truck

                                                                                                                                                                      -----
                                                                                                                                                                      Spago
                                                                                                                                                                      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                      Umami Burger
                                                                                                                                                                      850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                                                      Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                      641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                                                      M Restaurant - Hotel Metropole
                                                                                                                                                                      205 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704

                                                                                                                                                                      1. s
                                                                                                                                                                        stuffycheaks Nov 10, 2009 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        > $25
                                                                                                                                                                        1. The Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Church & State
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Sona
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Ortolan
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Melisse

                                                                                                                                                                        < $25
                                                                                                                                                                        1. Furiabo
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Simpang asia
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Bar*Food
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Sasaya
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Santouka

                                                                                                                                                                        1. maxzook Nov 10, 2009 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Chow Poll Trivia:

                                                                                                                                                                          Besides Langer's, what is the only deli to appear inn the Top Ten of a Chowhound Ultimate LA Restaurant poll?

                                                                                                                                                                          4 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                                                                            mollyomormon Nov 10, 2009 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Bay Cities?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mollyomormon
                                                                                                                                                                              maxzook Nov 10, 2009 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              You got it -- Bay Cities Deli was #9 last year.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                                                                                ipsedixit Nov 10, 2009 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Hey max,

                                                                                                                                                                                How about a poll of most visited restaurants for 2009?

                                                                                                                                                                                More than 20x in 2009 and more than 10x in 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                                                                                                  maxzook Nov 11, 2009 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think that's a wonderful idea, and on behalf of L. A. Chowhounders I want to thank you for volunteering to compile it ;P

                                                                                                                                                                          2. tenxtone76 Nov 9, 2009 11:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                            Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                            Nem Nuong
                                                                                                                                                                            Jongewaard's (Long Beach)
                                                                                                                                                                            Colori Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                            Omelette & Waffle (San Pedro)

                                                                                                                                                                            Over $25 (I don't do this much)
                                                                                                                                                                            Fraiche
                                                                                                                                                                            Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                            Taylor's (La Canada)
                                                                                                                                                                            Sushi Casa Arigato (Redondo Beach)
                                                                                                                                                                            Sushi Gen

                                                                                                                                                                            -----
                                                                                                                                                                            Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                            5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                                                                            Colori Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                            429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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                                                                                                                                                                              TomSwift Nov 9, 2009 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              under 25 -
                                                                                                                                                                              Langers
                                                                                                                                                                              Bay Cities
                                                                                                                                                                              Fab
                                                                                                                                                                              In n Out
                                                                                                                                                                              Pat's Topanga Grill

                                                                                                                                                                              Over 25 -
                                                                                                                                                                              Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                              Valentino
                                                                                                                                                                              Spago
                                                                                                                                                                              Providence
                                                                                                                                                                              Water Grill

                                                                                                                                                                              -----
                                                                                                                                                                              Water Grill
                                                                                                                                                                              544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                                                                                              Spago
                                                                                                                                                                              176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                              Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                              218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                              Pat's Topanga Grill
                                                                                                                                                                              1861 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290

                                                                                                                                                                              4 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TomSwift
                                                                                                                                                                                russkar Nov 27, 2009 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Great list , I remember being there for most of them. aloha

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: russkar
                                                                                                                                                                                  m
                                                                                                                                                                                  mc michael Nov 27, 2009 11:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  You can't just drop by and not leave your own list, russkar.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mc michael
                                                                                                                                                                                    russkar Nov 30, 2009 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I now permanently live in the So Pacific (Waikiki) but if I had to choose the best in LA?
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Melisse
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Valentino
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                                                                    -------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                    Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                    Totoraku
                                                                                                                                                                                    Mori Sushi

                                                                                                                                                                                    Below $25-
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Mi India Bonita
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Arthur's (best Hamburger and Orange Julius)
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Sushi Gen (lunch special)
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Caroussel (Hollywood bl)
                                                                                                                                                                                    aloha

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: russkar
                                                                                                                                                                                      m
                                                                                                                                                                                      mc michael Dec 1, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mahalo!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. peppermonkey Nov 9, 2009 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Can I add about 15 more to each list please???
                                                                                                                                                                                >$25
                                                                                                                                                                                Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                Rivera
                                                                                                                                                                                Orris
                                                                                                                                                                                Osteria Mozza

                                                                                                                                                                                >$25
                                                                                                                                                                                Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                Father's Office
                                                                                                                                                                                Elite
                                                                                                                                                                                Wurstküche

                                                                                                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                                                                                                Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                                                                                                                                                                Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                Father's Office Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                  exilekiss Nov 9, 2009 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi maxzook,

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks again for taking the time to compile for all of us! :) Love this topic.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Mori Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Spago

                                                                                                                                                                                  Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Torihei
                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Izakaya Bincho
                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Ichimian
                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Foo Foo Tei (Hacienda Heights)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    sfgirl22 Nov 9, 2009 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    over 25

                                                                                                                                                                                    Marche LA
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Foundry
                                                                                                                                                                                    Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                                                                    Drago Centro
                                                                                                                                                                                    Spago

                                                                                                                                                                                    Under 25

                                                                                                                                                                                    Bowery
                                                                                                                                                                                    Corkbar
                                                                                                                                                                                    Yai Thai
                                                                                                                                                                                    Yucca
                                                                                                                                                                                    Oinkster

                                                                                                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                                                                    1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oinkster
                                                                                                                                                                                    2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                                                                                                                                    Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yai Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                    5757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                    Drago Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                    2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

                                                                                                                                                                                    Drago Centro
                                                                                                                                                                                    525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. honkman Nov 8, 2009 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                      Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                      Bistro LQ
                                                                                                                                                                                      Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hatfield's
                                                                                                                                                                                      Osteria Mozza

                                                                                                                                                                                      Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                      Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                      Scoops
                                                                                                                                                                                      LA Mill
                                                                                                                                                                                      Intelligentsia
                                                                                                                                                                                      Kogi BBQ

                                                                                                                                                                                      (I don't live in LA and tend to go to more upscale restaurants during my trips so that the under $25 list might look unusual)

                                                                                                                                                                                      3 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: honkman
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Asperges Nov 17, 2009 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Hatfield's is closed... RIP.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Asperges
                                                                                                                                                                                          maxzook Nov 17, 2009 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, but they are supposed to be re-opening at 6702 Melrose (the former Red Pearl Kitchen) for New Year's:

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/la-restaurants/hatfields-opening-new-space-re/

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll list them as temporarily closed when I tally the poll next month.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Asperges
                                                                                                                                                                                            honkman Nov 17, 2009 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            They are just moving to another location. You can follow the progress:

                                                                                                                                                                                            http://twitter.com/twohatfields

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                                                                                                                                                                                          wabelljr Nov 8, 2009 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Under $25:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Gale's
                                                                                                                                                                                          Chang's Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                          Fred 62
                                                                                                                                                                                          Phillippe's
                                                                                                                                                                                          Original Pantry

                                                                                                                                                                                          -----
                                                                                                                                                                                          Chang's Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                          627 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007

                                                                                                                                                                                          Original Pantry Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                          877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                                                                                                                                                                                          Fred 62
                                                                                                                                                                                          1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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                                                                                                                                                                                            oldiebutfoodie Nov 8, 2009 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            under:
                                                                                                                                                                                            Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                                            Elite
                                                                                                                                                                                            Monte Alban
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                                                            Oinkster

                                                                                                                                                                                            -----
                                                                                                                                                                                            Oinkster
                                                                                                                                                                                            2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                                                                                                                                            Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                                            5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                                                                                            Monte Alban
                                                                                                                                                                                            11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                            4 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: oldiebutfoodie
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                                                                                                                                                                                              nomo_fan Nov 8, 2009 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                              Park's (look at their menu...unless you mean Kal bi tang, most everything is over $25)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Madeleines
                                                                                                                                                                                              TAPS
                                                                                                                                                                                              Chosun Galbee
                                                                                                                                                                                              Sushi Gen

                                                                                                                                                                                              under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                              Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                              Foo Foo Tei
                                                                                                                                                                                              Tulsa Rib
                                                                                                                                                                                              Daisy Mint
                                                                                                                                                                                              Mariscos Chente

                                                                                                                                                                                              -----
                                                                                                                                                                                              Daisy Mint
                                                                                                                                                                                              1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                              Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                                                              4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                                                                                                                              Marisco's
                                                                                                                                                                                              718 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nomo_fan
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                                                                                                                                                                                                samtron608 Nov 9, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                ya, but i figure most meat dishes (1 order ) can be split between 2 people. i guess this needs to be debated....

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: samtron608
                                                                                                                                                                                                  maxzook Nov 9, 2009 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The restaurant will be listed for whichever category it receives the most points (over or under $25). In other words, the participants will decide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: nomo_fan
                                                                                                                                                                                                  maxzook Nov 30, 2009 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Taps Fish House (the only Taps restaurant I can find locally) is not in Los Angeles County. (Brea = Orange County; Corona = Riverside Co.) And also, Tulsa Rib Co. is in Orange. To vote for OC restaurants:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670162

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Psiweaver Nov 8, 2009 12:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                                Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                Jar
                                                                                                                                                                                                Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                                Cut

                                                                                                                                                                                                Under 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                Alejo's
                                                                                                                                                                                                Bay Cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                Golden State
                                                                                                                                                                                                Santouka Ramen
                                                                                                                                                                                                Jitlada

                                                                                                                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                                                5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                                                                                                Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                                Santouka Ramen
                                                                                                                                                                                                21515 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                                                                                                                                Santouka
                                                                                                                                                                                                3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Emme Nov 7, 2009 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the heroic feat in advance!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Over 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Church and State

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Under 25 (this is even tougher and two make it for frequency...)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monte Alban
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jitlada Thai
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nate'n'Al's (a weekly dinner...)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Greenleaf Chop Shop (lunch multiple times a week...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                                                  5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                                  176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                  218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monte Alban
                                                                                                                                                                                                  11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                                                                  4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marisco's
                                                                                                                                                                                                  718 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. s
                                                                                                                                                                                                    sumo3175 Nov 7, 2009 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Over
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gjelina
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ortolon
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Barbrix
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fig

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Under
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shinsengumi yakitori
                                                                                                                                                                                                    M cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cobras
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bacaro

                                                                                                                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gjelina
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sumo3175
                                                                                                                                                                                                      m
                                                                                                                                                                                                      mrhooks Nov 8, 2009 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe it's just me, but I've never been able to eat at Yakitori SSG for under $25. I'd have voted differently otherwise. :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. sushilush.com Nov 7, 2009 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love this poll!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      SushiLush.com only knows about Japanese cuisine and here are my favorites in the $25+ category:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sashi (Manhattan Beach)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Matsuhisa (West Hollywood)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      R 23 (Little Toyko)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Asanebo (Studio City)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Urusawa (Beverly Hills and uber expensive)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                      218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Matsuhisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                      129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Asanebo
                                                                                                                                                                                                      11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sashi
                                                                                                                                                                                                      451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        New Trial Nov 7, 2009 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for doing this again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Over $25:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ortolan
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jar
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Orris

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Under $25:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bay Cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Father's Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Torihei
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marisco Chente

                                                                                                                                                                                                        -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Torihei
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Father's Office Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marisco's
                                                                                                                                                                                                        718 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          mrhooks Nov 7, 2009 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Over $25:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ortolan
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Totoraku
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Izakaya Bincho

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Under $25:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Asa Ramen
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shabu Shabu House
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nickel Diner
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wurstküche

                                                                                                                                                                                                          -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nickel Diner
                                                                                                                                                                                                          524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Izakaya Bincho
                                                                                                                                                                                                          112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Totoraku
                                                                                                                                                                                                          10610 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shabu Shabu House Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                          127 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mrhooks
                                                                                                                                                                                                            m
                                                                                                                                                                                                            mrhooks Nov 28, 2009 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            RE-VOTE because I can't believe I forgot to vote for Santouka:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Over $25:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ortolan
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Totoraku
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Izakaya Bincho

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Under $25:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Asa Ramen
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shabu Shabu House
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Santouka
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nickel Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Peripatetic Nov 7, 2009 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for managing the poll again this year!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            OVER $25

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lou on Vine
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sanuki No Sato

                                                                                                                                                                                                            $25 OR LESS

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Langer's Deli
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oinkster
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Izakaya Bincho
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Xiang Wei Lou
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seongbukdong

                                                                                                                                                                                                            -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oinkster
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lou on Vine
                                                                                                                                                                                                            724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sanuki No Sato
                                                                                                                                                                                                            18206 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Izakaya Bincho
                                                                                                                                                                                                            112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                            641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Izakaya
                                                                                                                                                                                                            8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Xiang Wei Lou Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                            227 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. tbwenzlau Nov 7, 2009 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Jar
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Grace
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. The Little Door

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The Golden State
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. The Little Next Door
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Daisy Mint
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Pie 'n Burger
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Philippe's French Dip

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. f
                                                                                                                                                                                                                funkyshanna Nov 7, 2009 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is awesome!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Providence

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                La Brea Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Philippe French Dip

                                                                                                                                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                                                La Brea Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mc michael Nov 7, 2009 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Orris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Drago Centro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Zucca
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  R23

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nickel Diner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Full House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Umami Burger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Langer's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  R23
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nickel Diner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Drago Centro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    manku Nov 7, 2009 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Over 25:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yu-n-Mi Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drago Centro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BLT Steak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pizzeria Mozza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Under 25:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Santouka
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mandarin Deli (Northridge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Zankou Chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bay Cities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mandarin Deli Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9305 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Santouka
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drago Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drago Centro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: manku
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lizziee Nov 7, 2009 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Over 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1.Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Church and State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Bazaaar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Under 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Langer’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Father’s Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Marty’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Bay Cities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lizziee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        russkar Nov 27, 2009 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nice List...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SugarFrosted Nov 6, 2009 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Over $25

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Church & State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Valentino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tavern

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Under $25

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Loteria Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bay Cities Italian Deli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fathers Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In N Out Burger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Zankou Chicken

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. b
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        beezees Nov 6, 2009 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        > $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Church and State

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        < $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yai Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jitlada Thai Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rajdhani

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rajdhani
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        18525 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yai Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lorisueb Nov 6, 2009 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Max, this is an incredible undertaking. Thank you!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          +25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Locanda Veneta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mozza Osteria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Urasawa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maria’s Fresh Seafood (Central Market)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Urth Café
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          La Brea Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BH Cheese Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Pantry Cafe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          La Brea Bakery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Locanda Veneta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8638 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Discokill Nov 6, 2009 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Fraiche
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Sushi Zo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Izaka-Ya by Katsu-ya
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Mozza Osteria

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Under:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Malibu Seafood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Bay Cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Kogi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Tacos Por Favor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. c
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              countdeville Nov 6, 2009 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Chameau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Babita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Boss Sushi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Bloom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Tamarind Ave. Deli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Vegan Glory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Golden State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Singapore Banana Leaf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -----
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chameau Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              339 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vegan Glory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8393 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boss Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              268 S La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tamarind Ave. Deli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1471 Tamarind Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: countdeville
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                burp_excuzme Nov 22, 2009 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ack! I'm not sure about the Singapore Banana Leaf...it was worse than mediocre to me. Having lived in Singapore for 11 years, I was thoroughly disappointed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: countdeville
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  w
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  woceht Dec 20, 2009 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yikes! Being from Singapore, I concur with burp about Singapore Banana Leaf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  samtron608 Nov 6, 2009 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mozza Osteria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Grace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Angelini Osteria

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Langers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Parks BBQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: samtron608
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ipsedixit Nov 6, 2009 09:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm not sure Park's BBQ qualifies in the "Under $25" category.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RicRios Nov 6, 2009 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Church & State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fraiche
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Il Pastaio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carlitos Gardel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    <25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Umami Burger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    El Parian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Father's Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dino's Chicken

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. wienermobile Nov 6, 2009 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Brent's Deli Northridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Santouka
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Philippe's French Dip

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Matsuhisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Gjelina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Saddle Peak Lodge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. OCAnn Nov 6, 2009 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I guess I'm now committed...unless someone else wants to take over! =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just so folks know, I'll start the OC poll during Thanksgiving week and will let it go thru the end of December (if you guys want me to start now, let me know).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: OCAnn
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jaytizzle Nov 6, 2009 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I live in Orange County so this is my list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mastro's Steak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mastro's Ocean Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Javiers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charlie Palmers - South Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stonehill Tavern

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          25 Degrees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mahe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gullivers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gyu-Kaku
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crow Bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jaytizzle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OCAnn Nov 6, 2009 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We'll start a different thread for OC later this month; please save your votes for that list. =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. mollyomormon Nov 6, 2009 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          +$25

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Church & State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gjelina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -$25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Father's Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Marisco Chente
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Torihei

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. RacerX Nov 6, 2009 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for taking the time to do this Max!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Over $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Mastros Steakhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 Lawry's Prime rib
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 Westside Tavern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5 Orris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Under $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Langer's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 Philippe the French dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 Bay Cities deli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 Sam Woo (I know its a chain but the Van Nuys branch is the best chinese greasy spoon in the SFV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5 Swan Restaurant (great Thai in North Hollywood)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sam Woo Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mastros Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. JEN10 Nov 6, 2009 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You are AWESOME, what a task!

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