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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)

      -----
      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).

          2 Replies
          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

            1. >25
              Spago
              Church & State
              Fraiche
              Il Pastaio
              Carlitos Gardel

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

              1. over $25
                Providence
                Mozza Osteria
                Animal
                Grace
                Angelini Osteria

                Under $25
                Langers
                Parks BBQ

                1 Reply
                1. re: samtron608

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

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

                2. 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

                    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

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

                    2. 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. 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. > $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

                          1. 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. 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

                              2 Replies
                              1. re: manku

                                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

                              2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

                                        1 Reply
                                        1. re: mrhooks

                                          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. 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

                                          1. 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

                                            1. Over
                                              Gjelina
                                              Ortolon
                                              Animal
                                              Barbrix
                                              Fig

                                              Under
                                              Shinsengumi yakitori
                                              M cafe
                                              Cobras
                                              Bacaro

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

                                              1 Reply
                                              1. re: sumo3175

                                                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. 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. 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. 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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                          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

                                                      2. 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

                                                        1. 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: Asperges

                                                              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...

                                                              http://www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com/

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

                                                              1. re: Asperges

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

                                                                http://twitter.com/twohatfields

                                                            2. 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. 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.

                                                                1. 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

                                                                  1. 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

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

                                                                      1. re: russkar

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

                                                                        1. re: mc michael

                                                                          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

                                                                    2. 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

                                                                      1. 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: mollyomormon

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

                                                                            1. re: maxzook

                                                                              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

                                                                                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

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

                                                                                1. 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. 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. 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. Over $25
                                                                                        Bazaar
                                                                                        Providence
                                                                                        Mastros
                                                                                        Barbrix
                                                                                        Sushi Nozawa

                                                                                        Under $25
                                                                                        25 Degrees
                                                                                        Gingergrass
                                                                                        Toast
                                                                                        Langers
                                                                                        Mozza Pizzeria

                                                                                        1. OVER 25

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

                                                                                          UNDER 25

                                                                                          PIZZARIA MOZZA
                                                                                          WESTSIDE TAVERN
                                                                                          CANELE
                                                                                          LOTERIA GRILL
                                                                                          LANGERS

                                                                                          1. 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. 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. > $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. 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: JAB

                                                                                                      No.

                                                                                                      Last year Babita got five points from two voters.

                                                                                                    2. re: maxzook

                                                                                                      I was thinking high end. TBE?

                                                                                                      1. re: maxzook

                                                                                                        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: GK in SO

                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                              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: mc michael

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                        1. 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

                                                                                                            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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

                                                                                                                              Langer’s Deli
                                                                                                                              Bay Cities
                                                                                                                              Square One

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

                                                                                                                                4 Replies
                                                                                                                                1. re: maxzook

                                                                                                                                  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

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

                                                                                                                                    As for the other, maybe Joe's??

                                                                                                                                    1. re: maxzook

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: mc michael

                                                                                                                                        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. 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. Over $25
                                                                                                                                      Bazaar
                                                                                                                                      Spago
                                                                                                                                      Jar
                                                                                                                                      Melisse
                                                                                                                                      Gjelina

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

                                                                                                                                      1. >$25
                                                                                                                                        AOC
                                                                                                                                        Chinois
                                                                                                                                        Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                        Chaya Venice
                                                                                                                                        Itacho

                                                                                                                                        <$25
                                                                                                                                        Bar Pintxo
                                                                                                                                        Manchego
                                                                                                                                        Bulan Thai
                                                                                                                                        Seed
                                                                                                                                        BreadBar

                                                                                                                                        7 Replies
                                                                                                                                        1. re: ljeanne

                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                                              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

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

                                                                                                                                              1. re: maxzook

                                                                                                                                                Probably means s/he orders the double cheese.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: mc michael

                                                                                                                                                  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

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

                                                                                                                                          2. 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

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

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Emme

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

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                                                                                                                                                    1. 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

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                                                                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: trixel

                                                                                                                                                        Over$25

                                                                                                                                                        Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                                                        Melisse
                                                                                                                                                        Providence
                                                                                                                                                        AOC
                                                                                                                                                        Lucques

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

                                                                                                                                                      2. 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. +$25

                                                                                                                                                          Animal
                                                                                                                                                          Church & State
                                                                                                                                                          Gjelina
                                                                                                                                                          Matsuhisa
                                                                                                                                                          Providence

                                                                                                                                                          -$25
                                                                                                                                                          Umami Burger
                                                                                                                                                          El Conchinito
                                                                                                                                                          Jitlada
                                                                                                                                                          Marisco Chente
                                                                                                                                                          Kogi

                                                                                                                                                          1. 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. 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. Over:

                                                                                                                                                                CUT
                                                                                                                                                                The Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                Animal

                                                                                                                                                                Under:

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

                                                                                                                                                                1. 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. over

                                                                                                                                                                    hatfield's
                                                                                                                                                                    providence
                                                                                                                                                                    animal
                                                                                                                                                                    pizzeria mozza
                                                                                                                                                                    sona

                                                                                                                                                                    under

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

                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: a213b

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

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: maxzook

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

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: a213b

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: maxzook

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

                                                                                                                                                                                2. OVER $25

                                                                                                                                                                                  Westside Tavern
                                                                                                                                                                                  Church & State
                                                                                                                                                                                  Spago
                                                                                                                                                                                  Gjelina
                                                                                                                                                                                  Providence

                                                                                                                                                                                  Under $25

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. >$25:
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                                    Capo
                                                                                                                                                                                    Urasawa
                                                                                                                                                                                    Chez Melange
                                                                                                                                                                                    Angelini Osteria

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wasabica

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Above:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Melisse
                                                                                                                                                                                      EVA
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hide Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                      Fords Filling Station
                                                                                                                                                                                      Nook

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: AAQjr

                                                                                                                                                                                        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. 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. 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. +25
                                                                                                                                                                                            Barbrix
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hungry Cat
                                                                                                                                                                                            Palate
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hatfields

                                                                                                                                                                                            -25
                                                                                                                                                                                            Gingergrass
                                                                                                                                                                                            Katsuya
                                                                                                                                                                                            Wat Dong Moon Lek
                                                                                                                                                                                            Local

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: maxzook

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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))

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mdpilam

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any place that sells prepared food will count.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Above:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Via Veneto
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Piccolo Ristorante
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Melisse
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gjelina
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Tasting Kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Below:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mayura
                                                                                                                                                                                                        El Tarasco
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Antica Pizzeria
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bay Cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                        26 Beach

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Under 25:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 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. Over $25

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Under $25 still pending...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kdoc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. 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 ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: maxzook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  +$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. 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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DonaldStevens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. 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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Father's Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lunasia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Torihei
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ichimian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Foo Foo Tei

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 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. 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. 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)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sandra W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Artesia is in LA County, so Jay Bharat counts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~ NOTABLES MISSING THE CUT - OVER $25 ~
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~ My Top 5 - UNDER $25 ~
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -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. 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. 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. Over $25:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pizzaria Mozza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lucques
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Josie

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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. 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. 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)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: string207

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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