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POLL RESULTS: Ultimate OC Restaurants, 2009

Sorry for the delay sportsfans...er Chowhounds! Here are the poll results for http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670162 :: POLL: Ultimate OC Restaurants, 2009.

This is the fifth year a list has been done for Orange County. This year, we had 28 contributors (up from last year's 24) naming 44 restaurants in the over $25/person category and 71 for under $25/person.

The votes are tallied from the responses with a rank order from 1 to 5, with 5 points being awarded to the first restaurant on the list and so on.

You'll see some surprises, a couple new places, along with old favourites. Thanks to those who participated!

Top 9 (those w/double digit scores) for > $25/person:
Marche Moderne, 52
Mastro's, 29
Old Vine Café, 19
Sushi Shibucho, 18
Maki Zushi, 14
Napa Rose, 14
Tabu Grill, 12
Tsuruhashi, 12
Sushi Wasabi, 11

Top 7 (those w/double digit scores) for < $25/person:
Thai Nakorn, 28
MPE, 25
Santouka, 25
Shin Sen Gumi, 17
Veggie Grill, 12
Break of Dawn, 11
25 Degrees, 11

For those interested, below you'll find hotlinks for past poll results.
2008 - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585999 :: Ultimate OC Restaurants, 2008; RESULTS

2007 - Lost in Cyberspace

2006 - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/356299 :: Ultimate Orange County Restaurant Poll Results 2006

2005 - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/76035 :: Ultimate Orange Country Restaurant Poll Results 2005

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  1. Complete results for the >$25 category:

    Marche Moderne 52
    Mastro's 29
    Old Vine Café 19
    Sushi Shibucho 18
    Maki Zushi 14
    Napa Rose 14
    Tabu Grill 12
    Tsuruhashi 12
    Sushi Wasabi 11
    Tradition by Pascal 6
    Basilic 5
    Brasserie Pascal 5
    Nello 5
    Rosine's 5
    Taps 5
    The Ritz 5
    Xanh Bistro 5
    Antonello 4
    Canneletto 4
    Houston's 4
    Javiers 4
    Nana San 4
    Sage 4
    San Shi Go 4
    Sapphire 4
    The Golden Truffle 4
    A 3
    Beachcomber 3
    Blue Fin 3
    Charlie Palmer 3
    Cucina Alessa 3
    French 75 3
    Hamamori 3
    Koi 3
    Onotoria 3
    Roy's 3
    Wasabi 3
    Bungalow 2
    Da Bianca 1
    Dizz's 1
    Gabbi's Mex Kitchen 1
    Royal Khyber 1
    Stonehill Tavern 1
    Watermarc 1

    1. And results for the <$25 category:

      Thai Nakorn 28
      MPE 25
      Santouka 25
      Shin Sen Gumi 17
      Veggie Grill 12
      25 Degrees 11
      Break of Dawn 11
      Café Hiro 9
      Coyote Grill 9
      Honda Ya 9
      Fukuda 8
      Vien Dong 8
      Bahn Mi Che Cali 6
      Mi Casa 6
      Bear Flag Fish Co 5
      Crow Bar 5
      Galley 5
      Hwang Hae Do 5
      Javier's 5
      Kappo Hana 5
      Merhaba 5
      Morton's 5
      Rialto Café 5
      Sushi Momo 5
      Dosa Place 4
      Enriques 4
      Fuji Yama 4
      In-n-Out 4
      Kyochon 4
      Mas Islamic 4
      Pascal Epicerie 4
      Past Memories 4
      Roma D'Italia 4
      85c 3
      Alebrije's Grill 3
      Com Tam Tuan Kieu 3
      El Toro Bravo 3
      Hollingshead 3
      Houston's 3
      Marc Burger 3
      Mollies Country Kitchen 3
      Mulitas y Tacos Ruben (truck) 3
      Ngu Binh 3
      Nory's Peruvian 3
      Ruby's Deli 3
      Tulsa Rib 3
      Caliente 2
      China Garden 2
      Cream Pan 2
      El Farolito 2
      El Toro 2
      Jagerhaus 2
      Laventina's Big Cheese 2
      Molcasalsa 2
      Newport Seafood 2
      Pho Thanh Lich 2
      Pizza Ortica 2
      Tana 2
      Avila's El Ranchito 1
      Brodard 1
      El Toro Carniecera Meat Shop 1
      Memphis 1
      Olive Pit Grill 1
      Pizza e Vino 1
      Stadium Tavern 1
      Taco Mesa 1
      Taqueria de Anda 1
      The Gallery 1
      Tommy's 1
      Wadiya 1
      Zon Baguettes 1

      1. Hi OCAnn,

        Thanks for taking the time to run and compile the poll! :) Very nice results and some new entries as you said. :)

        1 Reply
        1. re: exilekiss

          And more links ...

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          Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen
          18315 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

          Santouka Ramen
          665 Paularino Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

          Veggie Grill
          4213 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

          Break of Dawn
          24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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

        2. Why no links to these locations? That would help next time.

          3 Replies
          1. re: nancyluna

            Just waiting for some nice hound to come along and volunteer do that chore for all to enjoy! After all OCAnn did a LOT of heavy lifting on this in the first place, and all out of the goodness of her heart. Here's one. Want to help?

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

            1. re: Servorg

              Awww...thank you Servorg. I was thinking the same thing. ;) I went ahead & did the legwork anyway. The CH links weren't working properly for me some time ago, so I stopped using them and added the direct restaurant websites, where available.

            2. re: nancyluna

              ONLY b/c you're Nancy Luna and I occasionally read the Fast Food Maven in the OC Register, I'll add them here:

              Top 9 (those w/double digit scores) for > $25/person:
              Marche Moderne, 52 www.MarcheModerne.net
              Mastro's, 29 www.Mastrosrestaurants.com
              Old Vine Café, 19 www.oldvinecafe.com
              Sushi Shibucho, 18
              Maki Zushi, 14 www.maki-zushi.com
              Napa Rose, 14 disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/hotels/dining/detail?name=NapaRoseDiningPage&bhcp=1
              Tabu Grill, 12 www.tabugrill.com
              Tsuruhashi, 12 www.tsuruhashibbq.com
              Sushi Wasabi, 11

              Top 7 (those w/double digit scores) for < $25/person:
              Thai Nakorn, 28
              MPE, 25 mariscospuertoesperanza.com
              Santouka, 25 www.japaneserestaurantinfo.com/santoka
              Shin Sen Gumi, 17 www.shinsengumigroup.com/locations.ph...
              Veggie Grill, 12 www.veggiegrill.com
              Break of Dawn, 11 www.breakofdawnrestaurant.com
              25 Degrees, 11 www.25degreesrestaurant.com

            3. Congrats on wrapping up your poll!

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

              Thai Nakorn
              11951 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680

              Thai Nakorn Restaurant
              12532 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

              Sushi Shibucho
              590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

              Sushi Wasabi
              14460 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

              Tsuruhashi
              18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

              Mastro's Steak House
              633 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

              Maki Zushi
              1641 Edinger Ave # 101, Tustin, CA

              Tabu Grill
              2892 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

              Old Vine Cafe
              2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626