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POLL: Ultimate OC Restaurants, 2009

OCAnn Nov 27, 2009 09:48 PM

Hi folks, here's OC's version of the 2009 Ultimate Restaurant poll.

Please rank your top 10 restaurants in Orange County that, as succinctly stated by previous pollster Mr Grub, "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."

Please reply with a list of your top 10 choices:
- five restaurants in the OVER $25/person for food and
- another five restaurants for UNDER $25/person (also food only).

For details & instructions, please see Max's post/thread for LA proper:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/665207 :: PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009
...I'll be tabulating the same way but will keep the OC poll open until 12/31/09.

The more replies we receive, the more useful the poll’s findings are, so please reply. I'll publish the results shortly after the new year.

And as an fyi, here are the results of past polls:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585999 :: Ultimate OC Restaurants, 2008; RESULTS
2007 results were lost in cyberspace
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/356299 :: Ultimate Orange County Restaurant Poll Results 2006
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/76035 :: Ultimate Orange Country Restaurant Poll Results 2005

  1. OCAnn Jan 12, 2010 12:54 PM

    The results are here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/679834 :: POLL RESULTS: Ultimate OC Restaurants, 2009

    (with apologies to ijack for not having them in time for your weekend visit)

    1. OCAnn Jan 3, 2010 06:04 AM

      The polls were supposed to close 12/31/09, but I will accept whatever was submited before this. Poll is officially now closed; results to be posted in the next couple days.

      1 Reply
      1. re: OCAnn
        ijack Jan 4, 2010 10:39 AM

        I can't wait to see this list, we're visiting OC this weekend :)

      2. h
        High Maintenance Jan 2, 2010 10:39 PM

        Mastro's Ocean Club
        Sage (Newport Beach, not the Coast!)

        Mi Casa
        Ruby's Deli (not the diner)
        El Toro

        1. Das Ubergeek Dec 29, 2009 09:55 AM

          Over $25
          1. Marché Moderne
          2. Xanh Bistro
          3. Mastro's Steakhouse
          4. Old Vine Café
          5. Da Bianca

          Under $25
          1. Break of Dawn (just plain awesome)
          2. Thai Nakorn (Thai)
          3. Vien Dong (Vietnamese)
          4. Tana (Ethiopian)
          5. Wadiya (Sri Lankan)

          1 Reply
          1. re: Das Ubergeek
            Servorg Jan 3, 2010 05:20 AM

            Based on my meal yesterday at Break of Dawn I give it another very, very enthusiastic vote (it it's not too late to vote). Just a great restaurant with exceptionally friendly and efficient service.

          2. BubblyOne Dec 28, 2009 07:15 AM

            > 25

            Tabu Grill
            French 75
            The Ritz

            < 25

            Coyote Grill
            Mollie's Country Kitchen
            Mi Casa
            The Galley

            1. e
              exilekiss Dec 23, 2009 11:32 AM

              Hi OCAnn,

              Thanks for taking the time to wrangle this for us this year. :) Here's my vote:

              Over $25
              1. Marche Moderne
              2. Maki Zushi
              3. Tsuruhashi
              4. Shin Sen Gumi Robata Yakitori (not Ramen)
              5. Shibucho

              Under $25
              1. Kappo Hana
              2. Thai Nakorn
              3. Vien Dong
              4. Japonaise Bakery Cream Pan
              5. Veggie Grill

              Thanks~ :)

              1 Reply
              1. re: exilekiss
                mrhooks Dec 29, 2009 10:45 AM

                Haha, 4 of our 5 over $25s are the same. If only I'd been to Marche Moderne...

              2. s
                stuffed Dec 19, 2009 10:50 PM

                under $25
                Rialto Cafe (lunch)
                Pascal Epicerie
                Sushi Momo
                Pizzeria Ortica
                Olive Pit Grill

                over $25
                Brasserie Pascal
                Old Vine Cafe

                1. OCAnn Dec 17, 2009 08:06 AM

                  Hi folks...we have two weeks left, so if you haven't already, please chime in! =)

                  1. Funwithfood Dec 14, 2009 09:48 PM

                    In the under $25 category I vote for Taco Mesa. The bacon wrapped shrimp is divine; served with roasted vegetables & herbed rice--best value in OC at...$10!

                    1. j
                      jaykayen Dec 14, 2009 07:58 PM

                      Napa Rose


                      1 Reply
                      1. re: jaykayen
                        jaykayen Dec 22, 2009 10:40 PM

                        Adding Sushi Momo for the <25 category, so that would be my 2nd choice under Honda-Ya.

                      2. k
                        kdoc Dec 11, 2009 12:50 PM

                        > $25
                        Sushi Wasabi
                        Marche Moderne
                        Tradition by Pascal
                        Old Vine Cafe

                        Cafe Hiro
                        Tulsa Ribs
                        Mariscos Puerto Esperanza
                        Thai Nakorn

                        1. g
                          geat Dec 11, 2009 06:37 AM

                          Only the unders (the economy man!)
                          Mas' islamic
                          El farlito (the original on Bradford, down town Placentia)
                          Sushi momo

                          1. ocshooter Dec 10, 2009 02:32 PM

                            Over $25
                            Tabu Grill
                            San Shi Go on Balboa
                            Wasabi in Tustin

                            Under $25
                            Coyote Grill
                            Thai Nakorn
                            Honda-Ya (either one)
                            Laventina's Big Cheese

                            1. a
                              aklectic Dec 8, 2009 10:37 AM

                              Marche Moderne
                              Maestro's Ocean Club
                              Napa Rose
                              Maki Zushi (Yoshi-San)
                              Cucina Alessa

                              Thai Nakorn
                              Dosa Place
                              Mariscos Puerto Esperanza
                              Pho Thanh Lich
                              Zon Baguettes

                              1. OCAnn Dec 3, 2009 07:22 AM

                                > $25
                                1 Nello
                                2 Old Vine Cafe
                                3 Mastro's
                                4 Sushi Shibucho
                                5 Marche Moderne

                                1 Thai Nakorn
                                2 Cafe Hiro
                                3 In-n-Out
                                4 Molcasalsa
                                5 Stadium Tavern (for B'fast)

                                1 Reply
                                1. re: OCAnn
                                  OCAnn Dec 21, 2009 07:39 AM

                                  I'm changing my #5 from MM to Napa Rose.

                                2. d
                                  degustateur Dec 2, 2009 02:55 PM

                                  marche moderne
                                  the golden truffle
                                  sushi shibucho
                                  tradition by pascal

                                  mariscos puerto esperanza
                                  shin sen gumi

                                  4 Replies
                                  1. re: degustateur
                                    dockhl Dec 4, 2009 03:04 PM

                                    Wondering about this....I haven't eaten here for a long time and some reviews indicate that the quality has gone downhill. Any input? We'll be in OC from Paso Robles Jan 1/2 and I'd love a place similar to eat on Friday night.

                                    Golden Truffle
                                    1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

                                    1. re: dockhl
                                      degustateur Dec 4, 2009 05:13 PM

                                      Quality is virtually assured when owner/chef Alan Greeley is in the house. He's generally there during lunch Tuesday thru Friday and usually not there Friday evenings or Saturday. They're closed Sunday/Monday.

                                      Call and reserve first. Go for the prix fixe and allow Alan the creative license to blow you away. A large part of his business involves exclusive catering engagements. Going prix fixe avails you to off-menu surprise and greatness. In 10 years, I've yet to be disappointed.

                                      I should mention that over 90% of my visits have been for lunch.

                                      1. re: degustateur
                                        dockhl Dec 4, 2009 05:39 PM

                                        Hmmmmmmmmmm...........I hadn't thought of going there for lunch on Friday sincce we'll just be driving down then but maybe I should! Since we are staying near SC Plaza (Hyatt) I'll ned to find us a place for a light dinner, then. Thanks so much !

                                      2. re: dockhl
                                        dockhl Dec 8, 2009 06:45 PM

                                        Duh..........it didn't show that I was responding to the inclusion of the Golden Truffle ! Still good?

                                    2. j
                                      jacknhedy Dec 1, 2009 07:45 PM

                                      1. marche moderne
                                      2. shibucho
                                      3. blue fin
                                      4. shin sen gumi
                                      5. basilic

                                      1. thai nakorn
                                      2. santouka
                                      3. nory's peruvian
                                      4. mariscos puerto esperanza
                                      5. vien dong

                                      1. k
                                        kwicknb Dec 1, 2009 06:55 PM

                                        Over $25
                                        1) Mastro's Ocean Grill
                                        2) Canneletto
                                        3) Javiers
                                        4) Tabu Grill
                                        5) Bungalow

                                        Under $25
                                        1) 25 Degrees
                                        2) Enriques
                                        3) Fuji Yama (only with Shun-San or Kazuo-San)
                                        4) Caliente

                                        1. russkar Nov 30, 2009 08:20 PM

                                          Over 25-
                                          Marche Moderne
                                          The Ritz
                                          Sushi Wasabi
                                          Zushi Maki

                                          Morton's (lunch Burger)
                                          Roma D' Italia
                                          China Garden
                                          Avilia's El Ranchito (santa ana)

                                          1. c
                                            cdmedici Nov 30, 2009 05:28 PM

                                            Under $25
                                            25 Degrees
                                            Santouka Ramen
                                            El Toro Bravo
                                            Bahn Mi Che Cali
                                            Fuji Yama (only with Shun-San or Kazuo-San)

                                            Over $25
                                            Mastro's Ocean Club
                                            Nana San
                                            Sushi Shibucho
                                            Maki Zushi (only with Yoshi-San)
                                            Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen

                                            1. i
                                              I got nothin Nov 30, 2009 12:20 PM

                                              Over $25
                                              1) Marche Moderne
                                              2) Napa Rose
                                              3) Maki Zushi
                                              4) Old Vine Cafe
                                              5) Tradition by Pascal

                                              Under $25
                                              1) Mariscos Puerto Esperanza
                                              2) Banh Mi & Che Cali
                                              3) Shin Sen Gumi (Ramen)
                                              4) Newport Seafood
                                              5) 25 Degrees

                                              Napa Rose Restaurant
                                              1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

                                              Marche Moderne
                                              3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                                              Newport Seafood Restaurant
                                              4411 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

                                              Maki Zushi
                                              1641 Edinger Ave # 101, Tustin, CA

                                              Old Vine Cafe
                                              2937 Bristol St # A102, Costa Mesa, CA

                                              Mariscos Puerto Esperanza
                                              1724 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92865

                                              Tradition by Pascal
                                              1000 Bristol St N, Newport Beach, CA 92660

                                              1. peppermonkey Nov 30, 2009 11:59 AM

                                                < $25
                                                Hwang Hae Do (for their yooksu bulgogi)
                                                Past Memories
                                                Com Tam Tuan Kieu

                                                Corner place (Does Cerritos count as OC?)

                                                3 Replies
                                                1. re: peppermonkey
                                                  OCAnn Nov 30, 2009 01:44 PM

                                                  Sorry, Cerritos is not part of OC.

                                                  1. re: peppermonkey
                                                    choctastic Dec 1, 2009 01:29 PM

                                                    Hwang Hae Do also has decent naengmyun specials in the summer, or they used to anyway.

                                                    1. re: choctastic
                                                      peppermonkey Dec 1, 2009 08:30 PM

                                                      still have them during the weekdays at lunch as well as the 4 dollar soju bottles which i will always have to get even though it's early

                                                  2. m
                                                    mikester Nov 30, 2009 07:38 AM

                                                    < $25:
                                                    Crow Bar
                                                    Mariscos Puerto Esperanza
                                                    Mulitas Y Tacos Ruben (taco truck)
                                                    Santouka Ramen

                                                    > $25
                                                    Napa Rose
                                                    Sushi Wasabi
                                                    Marche Moderne

                                                    1 Reply
                                                    1. re: mikester
                                                      mikester Dec 14, 2009 07:57 AM

                                                      To my < 25 category I would like to add:

                                                      Veggie Grill

                                                    2. groover808 Nov 29, 2009 02:56 PM

                                                      Under $25
                                                      - Veggie Grill
                                                      - Fukada
                                                      - Ngu Binh
                                                      - Santouka
                                                      - Taqueria De Anda

                                                      Over $25 (Been going to LA for my pricier eats, need to explore more in OC)
                                                      - Tsruhashi
                                                      - Taps

                                                      Going to hit up Mastro's soon, so should be on my list next year!

                                                      1 Reply
                                                      1. re: groover808
                                                        lawdog262 Nov 29, 2009 04:49 PM

                                                        Over 25:

                                                        Old Vine Cafe
                                                        Marche Moderne
                                                        Koi (Seal Beach)
                                                        Royal Khyber

                                                        [reflecting where we went this year, i.e, I have no doubt that Stonehill and others are better than Royal Khyber, but we didn't make it to Stonehill, etc this year. That being said, we didn't make it to thise because we kept going back to OVC, MM and Koi.

                                                      2. m
                                                        mrsjoujou Nov 29, 2009 09:07 AM

                                                        Marche moderne
                                                        Charlie Palmer
                                                        Cucina Alessa
                                                        Xanh bistro
                                                        Bear flag fish Co

                                                        1. m
                                                          mrhooks Nov 28, 2009 01:47 PM

                                                          I don't dine in OC much except for Japanese, but:

                                                          Over $25:
                                                          Sushi Shibucho
                                                          Yakitori Shin-Sen-Gumi

                                                          Under $25:
                                                          Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi

                                                          I'm sure that, if I ever got around to going to some other places, this list would look much different.

                                                          1 Reply
                                                          1. re: mrhooks
                                                            OCAnn Nov 28, 2009 06:03 PM

                                                            Nice to see you making the rounds in OC mrhooks!

                                                          2. choctastic Nov 28, 2009 11:55 AM

                                                            I only have a below $25 list now, because I am poor.

                                                            <$25, places I recommend to out-of towners.

                                                            1) Veggie Grill
                                                            2) Fukada
                                                            3) 85c (kind of cheating since it's a bakery, but whatever)
                                                            4) Santouka
                                                            5) Pizza e Vino (if they're not from LA, Phoenix, or NYC)

                                                            Honorable Mentions:

                                                            1) Grande Bakery for being the absolute best panaderia in town, imho, even better than a lot of the places in L.A. that I've been to. Hands down, one of the best panaderias, short of Porto's. Nobody ever talks about this place, but it is the bomb.

                                                            1 Reply
                                                            1. re: choctastic
                                                              choctastic Dec 1, 2009 01:27 PM

                                                              Well, okay, it's not nearly Porto's level, now that I think about it. But it is definitely the best panaderia in OC.

                                                              I also liked the panaderia in what used to be Gigante Market in Anaheim.

                                                            2. A5 KOBE Nov 27, 2009 11:10 PM

                                                              > 25

                                                              Marche Moderne
                                                              Stonehill Tavern

                                                              < 25

                                                              Marc Burger
                                                              Vien Dong

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