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PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009

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!

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  1. You are AWESOME, what a task!

    1. 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. +$25

        Animal
        Church & State
        The Bazaar
        Gjelina
        Spago

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

        1. 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

            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

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

          2. 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