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PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2010

A week late but none the worse for wear, starting our ninth annual poll. Thanks to RicRios, mcmichael and servorg for pulling me out of my hole, where I was sobbing uncontrollably as I licked a Rachel sandwich on pumpernickel.

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."

The poll asks Chowhounds to list their ten favorite restaurants in Los Angeles County – five in the category of over $25 per person, and five in the category of $25 or less. (The price estimate is inclusive of FOOD ONLY for an average dinner order.) If different voters choose the same restaurant in both price categories (which happens a lot for places like sushi bars or izakayas, where ), 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 in a category, 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. Spelling counts – it’s MASTRO’S, not “Maestro’s”! 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 run an Orange County poll for the last few years, but I haven’t seen if she’s doing it again – if she does I’ll post a link. Anyone want to tackle Ventura County? Let me know and I'll link to your post as well.

One last point: you’re welcome to ask questions or make positive comments, but IMHO it’s inappropriate to post criticism of other voters’ choices on this thread – it’s not only rude to the voter but it makes my tabulation job more difficult. If you must vent, wait until the results are posted to go off on the winning choices (like someone did to Langer’s last year), but be tolerant of individual voters’ choices. If you just can’t wait for that, start a new thread (but follow our hosts’ posting rules.) And please remember I am not a Chowhound employee, this is strictly a volunteer effort.

I’ll keep the polls open until December 19 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. Thank you for participating!

P.S. 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
2009, part 1: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673604
2009, part 2: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673605

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  1. Thanks so much for doing this again...

    Under $25
    Langer's
    Brent's
    Mendocino Farms
    Bay Cities Deli
    Daikokuya

    Over $25
    Park's BBQ
    Gjelina
    Sea Harbour
    Spago
    Pizzera Mozza

    1. Under $25
      Mendocino Farms
      Bay Cities Deli
      Umami Burger
      Father's Office
      Bottega Louie

      Over $25
      Gjelina
      Pizzera Mozza
      Lazy Ox
      Rivera
      Animal

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

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

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

      Bottega Louie
      700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

      Mendocino Farms
      300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

      1. OVER $25
        Providence
        Mori
        Valentino
        Test Kitchen
        Carlitos Gardel

        UNDER $25
        El Parian
        Umami
        Shalom Pizza
        Dino's
        La Adelita

        1. <$25
          Marouch
          Viet Noodle Bar
          Umami Burger
          Jitlada
          Pollo La Brasa

          >$25
          Providence
          Bistro LQ
          Osteria Mozza
          Hatfield's
          Gjelina

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

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

          Marouch Restaurant
          4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

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

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

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

          Bistro LQ
          8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          Umami Burger
          4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          Osteria Mozza
          6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. Over 25
            Water Grill
            Spago
            Urasawa
            Mori Sushi
            Sushi Zo

            Under 25
            Momed
            Lemonade
            Zelo
            Jitlada
            Al Noor

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            Water Grill
            544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            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

            Sushi Zo
            9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

            Al Noor
            15112 Inglewood Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

            Mori Sushi
            11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Momed
            233 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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            1. re: sushigirlie

              I've changed my mind about things! Also, I read the instructions.

              Over 25
              Urasawa
              Tasting Kitchen
              Spago
              Mori Sushi
              Water Grill

              Under 25
              Zelo
              Jitlada
              Momed
              Mo-Chica
              Yoma

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              Water Grill
              544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              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

              Mori Sushi
              11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              Yoma Restaurant
              713 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA

              Mo-Chica
              3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

              Momed
              233 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212