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maxzook Nov 16, 2010 03:09 PM

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

  1. wienermobile Nov 16, 2010 03:47 PM

    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. aching Nov 16, 2010 04:47 PM

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

      Over $25
      Gjelina
      Pizzera Mozza
      Lazy Ox
      Rivera
      Animal

      -----
      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. r
        RicRios Nov 16, 2010 05:23 PM

        OVER $25
        Providence
        Mori
        Valentino
        Test Kitchen
        Carlitos Gardel

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

        1. Grog Nov 16, 2010 06:15 PM

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

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

          -----
          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. s
            sushigirlie Nov 16, 2010 06:59 PM

            Over 25
            Water Grill
            Spago
            Urasawa
            Mori Sushi
            Sushi Zo

            Under 25
            Momed
            Lemonade
            Zelo
            Jitlada
            Al Noor

            -----
            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

            2 Replies
            1. re: sushigirlie
              s
              sushigirlie Dec 1, 2010 04:27 PM

              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

              -----
              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

              1. re: sushigirlie
                maxzook Dec 2, 2010 07:50 AM

                Change noted.

            2. m
              mc michael Nov 16, 2010 07:36 PM

              Basing the recs on places I've been in the past year...
              over
              Drago Centro
              Sea Harbour
              Hungry Cat
              R23
              Red White + Bluezz

              Under
              Jitlada
              Seafood Village
              Full House
              Umami
              Tonny's

              -----
              The Hungry Cat
              1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              Red White & Bluezz
              70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

              Tonny's Restaurant
              843 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

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

              Full House Seafood Restaurant
              1220 S Golden West Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

              Seafood Village
              9669 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

              R23
              923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

              Drago Centro
              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              1. y
                yogachik Nov 16, 2010 11:03 PM

                Under $25
                Bay Cities
                Musha
                Fathers Office
                A Frame
                Huckleberry

                Over $25
                Bottega Louie
                Catch at Casa del Mar
                Gjelina
                Rustic Canyon
                Spago

                1. c
                  culinarycurmudgeon Nov 17, 2010 01:43 AM

                  OVER
                  Hatfield's
                  Palate
                  Hungry Cat
                  Cleo's
                  Mozza Pizzeria

                  UNDER
                  Golden State
                  Rodded
                  Mercantile
                  Oaks Gourmet
                  Stout

                  -----
                  The Hungry Cat
                  1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                  Rodded
                  5623 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                  The Golden State
                  426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                  Oaks Gourmet
                  1915 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

                  1. Peripatetic Nov 17, 2010 10:00 AM

                    Thanks for doing this for another year! It's a great CH-LA tradition.

                    OVER $25

                    Pizzeria Mozza
                    Lou on Vine
                    Dal Rae

                    $25 OR LESS

                    Langer's Deli
                    Izakaya Bincho
                    Dean Sin World
                    Seongbukdong
                    Sea Harbour Seafood

                    1. p
                      PaliBruin Nov 17, 2010 11:59 AM

                      Under $25

                      King Taco
                      Phillipes
                      Juniors
                      Casa Escobar (Santa Monica)
                      Nook

                      Over $25

                      Angelini Osteria
                      Melisse
                      Lucques
                      AOC
                      Josie

                      -----
                      Angelini Osteria
                      7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                      AOC
                      8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                      Lucques
                      8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                      1. Porthos Nov 17, 2010 12:25 PM

                        Over $25
                        Mori Sushi
                        Pizzeria Mozza
                        Bistro LQ
                        Urasawa
                        Providence

                        Under 25
                        Dean Sin World
                        Sapp
                        Bay Cities
                        Father's Office

                        -----
                        Urasawa Restaurant
                        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                        Dean Sin World
                        306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

                        Bistro LQ
                        8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                        Pizzeria Mozza
                        641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                        Mori Sushi
                        34320 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste B, Dana Point, CA 92629

                        1 Reply
                        1. re: Porthos
                          l
                          loblaw Nov 17, 2010 03:14 PM

                          Over
                          Mori
                          Gos Mart
                          Providence
                          Melisse
                          Test Kitchen

                          Under
                          Langers
                          Kyochon
                          Olio
                          Rickys Fish Tacos
                          mexicali taco co

                        2. c
                          cleanhead Nov 17, 2010 03:53 PM

                          Over:
                          Luques
                          Cut
                          Lazy Ox
                          Pizzaria Mozza
                          Jar

                          Under
                          Osteria Mamma
                          Cemitas Poblanas-Don Adrian
                          Khun Dang Thai on Sherman Way
                          Viet Noodle Bar
                          Sweetsalt

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

                          Khun Dang Thai Restaurant
                          10134 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311

                          Osteria Mamma
                          5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                          1. t
                            terwilliger Nov 17, 2010 06:00 PM

                            OVER $25

                            Lucques
                            4 on 6
                            Church & State
                            Pizzeria Mozza
                            Animal

                            Under $25
                            Mendocino Farms
                            Golden State
                            Tacos Baja Ensenada
                            Dean Sin World
                            KyoChon

                            -----
                            Lucques
                            8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                            Dean Sin World
                            306 N Garfield Ave # 2, Monterey Park, CA

                            Tacos Baja Ensenada
                            385 W Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

                            Church & State
                            1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

                            The Golden State
                            426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                            Pizzeria Mozza
                            641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                            Mendocino Farms
                            444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                            1. j
                              jadekarrde Nov 17, 2010 07:20 PM

                              Under 25$
                              26 Beach
                              Wally's Cheesebox
                              Santouka Ramen
                              Bay Cities Italian Deli
                              Black Cow Cafe

                              over 25
                              Jose Andres The Bazaar
                              Lou on Vine
                              Drago Centro
                              Bite Bar and Bakery
                              The Foundry

                              2 Replies
                              1. re: jadekarrde
                                s
                                sushigirlie Nov 17, 2010 07:27 PM

                                The Cheeseboard...in Berkeley?

                                1. re: sushigirlie
                                  j
                                  jadekarrde Nov 17, 2010 07:35 PM

                                  dammit, I was thinking of the Wally's Cheesebox and my brain spat out Cheeseboard, editing.

                              2. m
                                mrhooks Nov 17, 2010 08:28 PM

                                Over $25:
                                Urasawa
                                Providence
                                Bistro LQ
                                Ortolan
                                Animal

                                Under $25:
                                Ramen Yamadaya
                                Izakaya Bincho
                                Asa Ramen
                                Langer's
                                Golden State Café

                                1. b
                                  bopdd Nov 17, 2010 08:50 PM

                                  Top Five Under $25 a person

                                  Electric Karma
                                  Bay Cities Deli
                                  Ricky's Fish Tacos
                                  Chichen Itza
                                  Pizzeria Mozza

                                  Over $25

                                  Providence
                                  AOC
                                  Hungry Cat
                                  Osteria Mozza
                                  Spago

                                  1 Reply
                                  1. re: bopdd
                                    r
                                    rickym13 Nov 17, 2010 09:58 PM

                                    under 25

                                    langer's
                                    bollini
                                    elite dim sum
                                    santouka ramen
                                    father's office burger

                                    over 25

                                    test kitchen
                                    drago centro
                                    osteria mozza
                                    melisse
                                    mori

                                  2. t
                                    toonoble Nov 18, 2010 09:29 AM

                                    Over:

                                    Animal
                                    Gjelina
                                    Lucques
                                    Pizzeria Mozza
                                    Angelini Osteria

                                    Under:

                                    Langers
                                    Ricky's Fish Tacas
                                    Fathers Office
                                    Hide Sushi
                                    Golden Triangle

                                    -----
                                    Golden Triangle
                                    7011 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

                                    1. n
                                      New Trial Nov 18, 2010 03:27 PM

                                      +:

                                      Animal
                                      Mori Sushi
                                      Ortolan
                                      Osteria Mozza
                                      Providence

                                      -:

                                      Bay Cities
                                      Bite
                                      Elite
                                      Langer's
                                      Monte Alban

                                      -----
                                      Providence
                                      5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                                      Langer's Delicatessen
                                      704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                      Monte Alban
                                      11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                      Ortolan
                                      8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                      Elite Restaurant
                                      700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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

                                      Animal
                                      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                      Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
                                      1517 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                      Bite Bar & Bakery
                                      3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                      Osteria Mozza
                                      6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                      1. l
                                        lapizzamaven Nov 19, 2010 07:53 AM

                                        under $25...Brent's, Antica Pizzeria, Tacomiendo, Sea Harbour, Joe's Pizza

                                        -----
                                        Tacomiendo
                                        11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                        1. m
                                          Mr Grub Nov 19, 2010 12:45 PM

                                          Over $25
                                          Providence – perfection on a plate
                                          Drago Centro – outstanding tasting menu
                                          Lucques – comfort, sophistication, flavor
                                          Jar – steakhouse for epicures
                                          Babita – Roberto elevates Mex cuisine

                                          Under $25
                                          Langer’s – pastrami nirvana
                                          Pollo ala Brasa – best chicken on earth (seriously)
                                          Maria’s Seafood (GCM) – fish tacos & more
                                          Tommy’s (Bev/Rampart) – slurpin’ great burger
                                          Oki Dog – yeah, yeah, I know. just because.

                                          -----
                                          Oki Dog
                                          860 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                          Lucques
                                          8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                          Drago Centro
                                          525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                          1. honkman Nov 21, 2010 02:22 PM

                                            OVER $25
                                            Bistro LQ
                                            Providence
                                            Hatfield's
                                            Osteria Mozza
                                            Animal

                                            UNDER $25
                                            Langer's Deli
                                            Scoops
                                            LAMill
                                            Koqi BBQ
                                            Intelligentsia

                                            1. maxzook Nov 22, 2010 02:01 PM

                                              Remember: for purposes of this poll, any establishment that serves prepared food or drink counts as a restaurant. Food trucks? Ice-cream / gelato places? 7-Elevens? They're all eligible.

                                              2 Replies
                                              1. re: maxzook
                                                m
                                                mc michael Nov 22, 2010 05:41 PM

                                                Now you got me thinking about Yuca's.

                                                -----
                                                Yuca's
                                                2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                1. re: mc michael
                                                  maxzook Nov 24, 2010 10:52 AM

                                                  They got two points last year.

                                              2. j
                                                jdwdeville Nov 22, 2010 03:21 PM

                                                Under $25
                                                Jitlada
                                                Dansungsa
                                                La Isla Bonita ceviche truck- Rose Ave, Venice
                                                Pizzeria Mozza

                                                Over $25
                                                Tasting Kitchen
                                                Lazy Ox
                                                Mori
                                                Kiriko
                                                Osteria Mozza

                                                1. m
                                                  manku Nov 24, 2010 11:50 AM

                                                  I'm going to limit my list to those I've visited in 2010 - which is probably shortchanging more deserving establishments, but here it is:

                                                  Over $25:

                                                  Kagaya
                                                  Osteria Mozza
                                                  Bouchon
                                                  Yu-n-Mi Sushi

                                                  Under $25:

                                                  Bay Cities
                                                  Yuca's
                                                  Din Tai Fun
                                                  Santouka Ramen
                                                  Elite

                                                  -----
                                                  Yuca's
                                                  2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                  Santouka Ramen
                                                  21515 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                  Kagaya
                                                  418 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                  Osteria Mozza
                                                  6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                  13 Replies
                                                  1. re: manku
                                                    Porthos Nov 24, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                    I'd easily add Elite to my $25 and under but honestly, I've never made it out of Elite for $25 and under for dim sum!

                                                    1. re: Porthos
                                                      m
                                                      mc michael Nov 24, 2010 03:29 PM

                                                      same with Sea Harbour but maybe it's a portion control issue

                                                      1. re: mc michael
                                                        Porthos Nov 24, 2010 03:36 PM

                                                        No portion control issue...I just don't have any!

                                                        1. re: Porthos
                                                          m
                                                          mc michael Nov 24, 2010 03:37 PM

                                                          I hear ya. LOL.

                                                      2. re: Porthos
                                                        ipsedixit Nov 24, 2010 07:41 PM

                                                        When people mention places like Elite and Sea Harbour, they need to specify whether it's for dim sum or dinner. No way you can do dinner for under $25 at either Elite or Sea Harbour.

                                                        Plus, to be hypertechnical, dim sum should not even count because per maxzook, the $25 demarcation is for dinner only (i.e. "The price estimate is inclusive of FOOD ONLY for an average dinner order.").

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                                          m
                                                          mc michael Nov 24, 2010 09:26 PM

                                                          Now we get to the definition of dinner vs. supper. Is life complicated or what? But honestly, I can't do Elite or Sea Harbour for less than $25 at any meal if I have a bit of hunger. And Jitlada is the same (plus it appears their prices have increased). Don't ask me to do spice without beer.

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

                                                          1. re: mc michael
                                                            ipsedixit Nov 25, 2010 10:22 AM

                                                            Now we get to the definition of dinner vs. supper. Is life complicated or what?
                                                            ____________________

                                                            In this case, no. Because dim sum is served only at non-dinner times.

                                                            Again, this is not meant to contravene maxzook's instructions not to opine on another's votes for ultimate restaurants, just a request for clarification, or to make sure all the hanging chads are hanging in the right direction.

                                                            1. re: mc michael
                                                              Porthos Nov 25, 2010 01:23 PM

                                                              "Plus, to be hypertechnical, dim sum should not even count because per maxzook, the $25 demarcation is for dinner only "

                                                              If that's the case, Langer's should not be allowed in this poll since it's not open after 4pm.

                                                              I'm with McM. Jitlada's portions are so small that it takes a minimum of 2 orders to tame the hunger and that easily puts it over the $25 mark. Mazook did clarify that the tab is for food only.

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

                                                              1. re: Porthos
                                                                ipsedixit Nov 25, 2010 01:33 PM

                                                                If that's the case, Langer's should not be allowed in this poll since it's not open after 4pm.

                                                                ______________________________

                                                                That's a really good point.

                                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                  maxzook Nov 28, 2010 02:09 PM

                                                                  Not to mention Square One or Bay Cities Deli.

                                                                  Anyway, unlike the above, I *have* had dim sum for dinner, albeit not at any of the above restaurants.

                                                                  I'll make a note to amend the instructions next year. It's not my intention to exclude *any* establishment that sells prepared food.

                                                                  1. re: maxzook
                                                                    m
                                                                    mc michael Nov 28, 2010 03:30 PM

                                                                    Any idea who the leaders are at this point?

                                                                    1. re: mc michael
                                                                      maxzook Nov 29, 2010 09:09 AM

                                                                      I don't keep a running tally, in part because it's a pain in the butt but also because numbers and rankings can change very quickly. And this way, I get to be as surprised as everyone else.

                                                                      1. re: maxzook
                                                                        m
                                                                        mc michael Nov 29, 2010 09:31 AM

                                                                        OK, surprise me!

                                                      3. s
                                                        samtron608 Nov 24, 2010 12:18 PM

                                                        over $25
                                                        Animal
                                                        Providence
                                                        Angelini Osteria
                                                        Pizzeria Mozza
                                                        Parks BBQ

                                                        Under $25
                                                        Langers
                                                        Golden State
                                                        HamjiPark

                                                        -----
                                                        Angelini Osteria
                                                        7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                        The Golden State
                                                        426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                        Pizzeria Mozza
                                                        641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                        4 Replies
                                                        1. re: samtron608
                                                          c
                                                          carter Nov 24, 2010 04:39 PM

                                                          Is Parks BBQ really over $25?
                                                          God, then why is everyone complaining about the prices at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, which is also over $25? The Boneyard's ribs are really good, yet whether I include them or the place on my top 5, not sure.

                                                          -----
                                                          Boneyard Bistro
                                                          13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                                                          1. re: carter
                                                            ipsedixit Nov 24, 2010 07:43 PM

                                                            Yes, it is over $25.

                                                            And why is it a better bargain than Boneyard? Because you get panchan included, as well as more BBQ, and in my opinion, better BBQ than Boneyard.

                                                            1. re: ipsedixit
                                                              c
                                                              carter Nov 26, 2010 08:11 PM

                                                              Who said it was better? All I said was that people bitch about the prices at the boneyard, yet these prices at Parks are obviously no handout either.
                                                              And whether you want panchan, or two sides of the four offered at the boneyard is of personal preference.
                                                              As to better bbq, well.......

                                                              1. re: carter
                                                                ipsedixit Nov 26, 2010 08:18 PM

                                                                Who said it was better?
                                                                ________________________

                                                                I said it was better.

                                                        2. m
                                                          mc michael Nov 24, 2010 06:36 PM

                                                          where is Chino Wayne to offer some Inland Empire input and balance?

                                                          1. o
                                                            Obessed Nov 24, 2010 07:11 PM

                                                            Over $25
                                                            Bistro LQ
                                                            Rivera
                                                            Pizzeria Mozza
                                                            Hungry Cat
                                                            Tasting Kitchen

                                                            Under $25
                                                            Mercantile
                                                            Jitlada
                                                            Baby Blues BBQ
                                                            Spitz
                                                            Angeli Cafe

                                                            -----
                                                            The Hungry Cat
                                                            1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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

                                                            Baby Blues BBQ
                                                            444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                                            Bistro LQ
                                                            8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                            Pizzeria Mozza
                                                            641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                            1. e
                                                              emosbaugh Nov 26, 2010 07:20 AM

                                                              under:
                                                              ricky's fish tacos
                                                              jitlada
                                                              forage
                                                              langers
                                                              dan sung sa

                                                              over:
                                                              church and state
                                                              hungry cat
                                                              babita
                                                              chiba
                                                              angelini osteria

                                                              -----
                                                              Angelini Osteria
                                                              7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                              The Hungry Cat
                                                              1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                              Babita
                                                              1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                                                              Langer's Delicatessen
                                                              704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                              Chiba Japanese Restaurant
                                                              11713 Saticoy St, North Hollywood, CA 91605

                                                              Dan Sung SA
                                                              3317 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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

                                                              Church & State
                                                              1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

                                                              Forage
                                                              3823 W Sunset Blvd,, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                                                              Ricky's Fish Tacos
                                                              1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                              1. h
                                                                hambriento Nov 29, 2010 09:01 PM

                                                                Over

                                                                Urusawa
                                                                Melisse
                                                                Animal
                                                                Osteria mozza
                                                                Providence

                                                                Under
                                                                Oinkster
                                                                Portos
                                                                Yucas
                                                                Wat dong moon lek noodle
                                                                El chato Taco truck on la brea & Olympic

                                                                -----
                                                                Oinkster
                                                                2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                Yuca's
                                                                2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                1. peppermonkey Nov 30, 2010 03:51 PM

                                                                  Damn this is impossible!
                                                                  Over
                                                                  Ludobites
                                                                  Testkitchen
                                                                  Bistro LQ
                                                                  Kiyokawa
                                                                  Spago

                                                                  Under
                                                                  Kobawoo
                                                                  Park's BBQ
                                                                  Father's Office
                                                                  101 Noodle Express
                                                                  Chego

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

                                                                  Spago
                                                                  176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                  101 Noodle Express
                                                                  1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

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

                                                                  Bistro LQ
                                                                  8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                  Kobawoo Restaurant
                                                                  698 S Vermont Ave Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90005

                                                                  Chego
                                                                  3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                  12 Replies
                                                                  1. re: peppermonkey
                                                                    Porthos Nov 30, 2010 03:54 PM

                                                                    Park's BBQ is not under $25. Even for people not afflicted with The Hunger.

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

                                                                    1. re: Porthos
                                                                      peppermonkey Dec 1, 2010 12:15 PM

                                                                      For 2, we normally get 1 order of kalbi which is like 30 and a soup which is like 12-15. When we go with a larger group, usually you can get by for even less. This is not including alcohol of course.

                                                                      1. re: peppermonkey
                                                                        ipsedixit Dec 1, 2010 01:23 PM

                                                                        Sometimes I wonder why need a demarcation between +/- $25 restaurants.

                                                                        If it's an ultimate restaurant, what difference does it make that it's either expensive, or not.

                                                                        Is Langer's (for example) any less "ultimate" than, say, Providence, simply because it's menu prices start with a 1 and not a 2 or 3?

                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                          maxzook Dec 1, 2010 02:18 PM

                                                                          The reason I broke out the over vs. under-$25 categories had nothing to do with segregating restaurants -- quite the opposite.

                                                                          The first time Mr. Grub ran the poll in 2002, Langer's was #9 (two slots below Tito's Tacos, believe it or not.) Langer's showed up once more and then dropped off the list; the first year I ran the poll (2007) the cheapest restaurants on the top 10 were the Mozzas ... and Langer's didn't get a single vote.

                                                                          When you spend the kind of $$$ that you have to spend on a high-class restaurant, I think it's natural to program yourself to think very highly of the experience, if not overrate it. However much we admire Jonathan Gold, we don't all think like him -- when we spend that kind of money on a meal, unless the result was truly awful we want to think the investment was well-spent.

                                                                          I intended the over/under split to give a fair chance to places that don't have the cachet (or the cash) of upper-class haunts. And imho it's worked -- Langer's shot up to #2 in 2008, and last year it edged past Providence for #1. Not to mention that Jitlada, Father's Office and Bay Cities each got its first Top 10 nod.

                                                                          1. re: maxzook
                                                                            ipsedixit Dec 1, 2010 02:26 PM

                                                                            max,

                                                                            This isn't a criticism of you, or your hard work in putting together this poll (for which I am forever grateful), but when you spend $$$ at Providence, the quality of the food should reflect the price paid. Same for Langer's. Which is not to say that the No. 19 is not good, but for what you pay for it, it is (according to most 'Hounds) simply pure pastrami nirvana.

                                                                            Now, if you take that same No. 19 sandwich and served it at Providence and charged Providence prices, it wouldn't be the same pastrami nirvana experience, which, in my opinion would then make Providence less of an "ultimate" restaurant.

                                                                            Again, this is not a critique of your work or methodology, but maybe it's just the purist in me babbling along.

                                                                            When I think of the "ultimate restaurant in Los Angeles" my response is usually geared to this question: "What's the ultimate restaurant in Los Angeles, price no object."

                                                                            I can think of many people (myself included) who would be more than content to chow down on a nice juicy burger from, say, Wolfgang's Steakhouse without giving another thought to any 12 course tasting menu at Providence, or Melisse, or XIV or wherever.

                                                                            Just my 0.02.

                                                                            Again, thanks for all your hardwork.

                                                                            1. re: maxzook
                                                                              s
                                                                              sushigirlie Dec 1, 2010 03:11 PM

                                                                              I don't really agree with the thrust of this post. There's a huge correlation between price and food quality. I'm sure Langer's pastrami tastes delicious to big meat eaters but the restaurant overall is mediocre. No Michelin starred restaurant would serve the kind of crap I've eaten at Langer's. I'm a big fan of many restaurants in the SGV, but let's face it -- the attention to detail is usually low, the quality of the ingredients is often poor, and the "25% everything else" is generally abysmal.

                                                                              I actually think there's quite the opposite tendency on this site and in J. Gold's list. People undervalue expensive restaurants because they're too expensive to eat at regularly. I mean, who in his or her right mind would rather eat at Giang Nan than Urasawa?

                                                                              1. re: sushigirlie
                                                                                aching Dec 1, 2010 03:45 PM

                                                                                "Who in his or her right mind would rather eat at Giang Nan than Urasawa?"

                                                                                A lot of people - if they are the ones who are going to be paying! =)

                                                                                -----
                                                                                Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                Giang Nan
                                                                                306 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA

                                                                                1. re: aching
                                                                                  s
                                                                                  sushigirlie Dec 1, 2010 04:07 PM

                                                                                  Heh. It's telling that I've been to Urasawa once and Giang Nan four times.

                                                                                  -----
                                                                                  Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                  218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                  Giang Nan
                                                                                  306 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA

                                                                            2. re: ipsedixit
                                                                              maxzook Dec 1, 2010 02:26 PM

                                                                              Another thing -- the way I tally the points, the over/under split has no effect on the restaurant's final ranking.

                                                                              Let's say Park's BBQ ends up with twelve points from three voters and one first-place in the over-25 category, versus nine points from four voters in the under-25. It will be listed in the over-25 column because it got the most points from there, but it will be tallied with its full total of twenty-one points, seven voters and one first-place -- the same as if everyone had ranked it as an over-25.

                                                                              1. re: maxzook
                                                                                m
                                                                                mc michael Dec 1, 2010 03:20 PM

                                                                                I think your split is a good way of counter-balancing the cognitive dissonance that can arise from paying a lot at high end spots.

                                                                                1. re: mc michael
                                                                                  BubblyOne Dec 1, 2010 07:42 PM

                                                                                  +1, hoping for an OC list, Ann?

                                                                            3. re: peppermonkey
                                                                              Porthos Dec 1, 2010 03:46 PM

                                                                              I guess if you SHARE the order of kalbe... ;-)

                                                                              Maybe that's why people have said they won't go to dim sum with me.

                                                                        2. t
                                                                          TailbackU Nov 30, 2010 09:35 PM

                                                                          Over $25
                                                                          Hatfields
                                                                          Palate Food and Wine
                                                                          Bistro LQ
                                                                          Eva
                                                                          Mastros

                                                                          Under $25
                                                                          Golden State
                                                                          Gobi Mongolian bbq
                                                                          Senor Fish
                                                                          Ye Rustic Inn
                                                                          Moo Dae Po

                                                                          -----
                                                                          Ye Rustic Inn
                                                                          1831 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                          The Golden State
                                                                          426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                          Wine Bistro
                                                                          11915 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                                                                          Mastros Restaurant
                                                                          2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                                                                          1. avivale Dec 1, 2010 07:11 AM

                                                                            Over $25
                                                                            Saddle Peak Lodge
                                                                            Rivera
                                                                            Maison Akira
                                                                            Ajisai
                                                                            Red White and Bluezz

                                                                            Under $25
                                                                            Europane
                                                                            Daisy Mint
                                                                            Phillips BBQ
                                                                            Panini Garden
                                                                            Burrito Express

                                                                            1. h
                                                                              hlv2eat Dec 1, 2010 04:09 PM

                                                                              Over $25

                                                                              Melisse
                                                                              Providence
                                                                              Drago Centro
                                                                              Sushi Zo
                                                                              Test Kitchen

                                                                              Under $25
                                                                              Mozza2go
                                                                              Mo-Chica
                                                                              Let's Be Frank
                                                                              Father's Office
                                                                              LAMill

                                                                              -----
                                                                              Tender Greens
                                                                              9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                                                              Sushi Zo
                                                                              9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                              Drago Centro
                                                                              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

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

                                                                              1. g
                                                                                Ginger9 Dec 2, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                                                Thanks for doing this poll again!

                                                                                Over $25:
                                                                                -------------
                                                                                Providence
                                                                                AOC
                                                                                Bazaar
                                                                                Melisse
                                                                                Urasawa

                                                                                Under $25:
                                                                                ---------------
                                                                                Jitlada
                                                                                Musha
                                                                                Father's Office
                                                                                Huckleberry
                                                                                Soot Bull Jeep

                                                                                -----
                                                                                AOC
                                                                                8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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

                                                                                Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                Soot Bull Jeep
                                                                                3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

                                                                                Musha
                                                                                424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

                                                                                1. A5 KOBE Dec 2, 2010 08:55 PM

                                                                                  Over $25
                                                                                  CUT
                                                                                  Animal
                                                                                  Mozza
                                                                                  XIV
                                                                                  Bazaar

                                                                                  Under $25
                                                                                  Santouka
                                                                                  Brent's
                                                                                  Pollo Ala Brasa
                                                                                  Langer's
                                                                                  Bludso's

                                                                                  1. Ciao Bob Dec 3, 2010 03:19 PM

                                                                                    OVER
                                                                                    Urasawa
                                                                                    Osteria Mozza
                                                                                    Animal
                                                                                    Sushi Zo
                                                                                    Madeo

                                                                                    UNDER
                                                                                    Hunan Seafood
                                                                                    Din Tai Fung
                                                                                    Ham Ji Park
                                                                                    Jitlada
                                                                                    JTHY Noodle

                                                                                    -----
                                                                                    Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                                                                                    1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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

                                                                                    Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                    218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                    Sushi Zo
                                                                                    9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                                    Madeo Restaurant
                                                                                    8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                    Hunan Seafood Restaurant
                                                                                    8772 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

                                                                                    Ham Ji Park
                                                                                    3407 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                                                                                    Osteria Mozza
                                                                                    6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                    1 Reply
                                                                                    1. re: Ciao Bob
                                                                                      c
                                                                                      carter Dec 8, 2010 07:39 PM

                                                                                      We need to get together more often at the under $25 restaurants you mention.
                                                                                      Hunan Seafood, DTF and Jitlada are 3 of my favs. Newport Seafood is also on that list.

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

                                                                                      Hunan Seafood Restaurant
                                                                                      8772 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

                                                                                    2. a
                                                                                      altstarr Dec 3, 2010 09:30 PM

                                                                                      OVER $25
                                                                                      Test Kitchen
                                                                                      Valentino's
                                                                                      Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                      Waterloo & City
                                                                                      Jose Andres The Bazaar

                                                                                      UNDER $25
                                                                                      Savoy Grill
                                                                                      Versailles
                                                                                      Javan
                                                                                      Pho 79
                                                                                      Lemonade

                                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                                      1. re: altstarr
                                                                                        s
                                                                                        sushigirlie Dec 3, 2010 09:52 PM

                                                                                        So many under-appreciated Persian restaurants around. Nice to see someone include one.

                                                                                      2. g
                                                                                        goldpackage Dec 4, 2010 11:38 AM

                                                                                        over 25:
                                                                                        ado
                                                                                        providence
                                                                                        animal
                                                                                        test kitchen
                                                                                        piccolo

                                                                                        under 25:
                                                                                        bay cities
                                                                                        din tai fung
                                                                                        umami
                                                                                        sugarfish
                                                                                        mariscos chente

                                                                                        and how about an entire RIP category to track transitions made and maybe also to show a little love for talented chef/owners who made some costly mistakes (the hump), may or may not be coming back (grace), or even on a positive note just simply decided to re-invent/relocate but in so doing marked the end of a well known or even revered staple (sona)?

                                                                                        1 Reply
                                                                                        1. re: goldpackage
                                                                                          b
                                                                                          burntwater Dec 7, 2010 11:58 AM

                                                                                          or even on a positive note just simply decided to re-invent/relocate but in so doing marked the end of a well known or even revered staple (sona)?

                                                                                          Yes you are the first whisper of a Marisco Chente vote on this thread and it ranked number 4 last year.

                                                                                        2. maxzook Dec 7, 2010 09:17 AM

                                                                                          Since 2002, how many restaurants in the San Fernando Valley have made it to the Chowhound LA Top 10?

                                                                                          (Answer tomorrow.)

                                                                                          2 Replies
                                                                                          1. re: maxzook
                                                                                            maxzook Dec 8, 2010 09:20 AM

                                                                                            Answer; No SFV restaurants have ever made it to the Top 10.

                                                                                            1. re: maxzook
                                                                                              ipsedixit Dec 8, 2010 10:02 AM

                                                                                              And justifiably so.

                                                                                          2. g
                                                                                            grubjay Dec 9, 2010 09:17 AM

                                                                                            OVER $25:
                                                                                            The Raymond
                                                                                            Noir Food & Wine
                                                                                            Dish Bistro
                                                                                            Mike & Anne's
                                                                                            Maison Akira

                                                                                            UNDER $25:
                                                                                            Bite Bar
                                                                                            Clementine
                                                                                            Giang Nan
                                                                                            Four Cafe
                                                                                            Heirloom Bakery

                                                                                            -----
                                                                                            Mike & Anne's
                                                                                            1040 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

                                                                                            Giang Nan
                                                                                            306 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA

                                                                                            Maison Akira Restaurant
                                                                                            713 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101

                                                                                            Noir Food & Wine
                                                                                            40 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106

                                                                                            1. SauceSupreme Dec 9, 2010 02:16 PM

                                                                                              Under $25
                                                                                              Pa Ord Noodle
                                                                                              La Estrella Tacos
                                                                                              JTYH Noodle
                                                                                              Santouka Ramen
                                                                                              Golden State

                                                                                              Over $25
                                                                                              Lazy Ox Canteen
                                                                                              Tasting Kitchen
                                                                                              Osteria Mozza
                                                                                              Lou Wine Bar
                                                                                              Cut

                                                                                              -----
                                                                                              Santouka Ramen
                                                                                              21515 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                              Ord Noodles
                                                                                              5401 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                              The Golden State
                                                                                              426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                              La Estrella Restaurant
                                                                                              940 S Lorena St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

                                                                                              Lazy Ox Canteen
                                                                                              241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                                                              Osteria Mozza
                                                                                              6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                              JTYH Restaurant
                                                                                              9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

                                                                                              1. ellaystingray Dec 9, 2010 02:45 PM

                                                                                                Under $25

                                                                                                Bay Cities
                                                                                                La Playita (Santa Monica version, not Hermosa)
                                                                                                Nom Nom Truck
                                                                                                Cole's
                                                                                                Starry Kitchen

                                                                                                Over $25
                                                                                                Providence
                                                                                                Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                FIG
                                                                                                Waterloo and City
                                                                                                Soowon Galbi

                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                Waterloo and City
                                                                                                12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

                                                                                                Starry Kitchen
                                                                                                350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                1. maxzook Dec 11, 2010 12:39 PM

                                                                                                  Important news:

                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752797

                                                                                                  2 Replies
                                                                                                  1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                    Searching4Dunny Dec 11, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                                                    Under $25

                                                                                                    Starry Kitchen
                                                                                                    Langer's
                                                                                                    Santouka Ramen
                                                                                                    Ricky's Fish Tacos
                                                                                                    Vito's Pizza

                                                                                                    Over $25

                                                                                                    Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                    Melisse
                                                                                                    Providence
                                                                                                    Animal
                                                                                                    Bistro LQ

                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                    Vito's Pizza
                                                                                                    846 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                                                                                                    Santouka
                                                                                                    3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                                                                                    Bistro LQ
                                                                                                    8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                                    Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                    6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                    Starry Kitchen
                                                                                                    350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                    Ricky's Fish Tacos
                                                                                                    1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                    1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                      r
                                                                                                      RicRios Dec 11, 2010 08:41 PM

                                                                                                      WTF?
                                                                                                      Where in the contract says you can leave on the 20th?

                                                                                                    2. a
                                                                                                      AAQjr Dec 11, 2010 11:34 PM

                                                                                                      Over:
                                                                                                      Melisse
                                                                                                      Eva
                                                                                                      Animal
                                                                                                      Ludo Bites
                                                                                                      Waterloo and City

                                                                                                      Under:
                                                                                                      Father's Office
                                                                                                      Bay Cities
                                                                                                      Vinoteque
                                                                                                      Mr. Baguette
                                                                                                      Sanuki Sandou (yes I like udon better than ramen. there I said it!)

                                                                                                      -----
                                                                                                      Mr. Baguette
                                                                                                      400 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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

                                                                                                      Waterloo and City
                                                                                                      12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

                                                                                                      1. n
                                                                                                        Nicole Dec 12, 2010 11:06 AM

                                                                                                        Over 25:
                                                                                                        Ludobites
                                                                                                        Hatfields
                                                                                                        Providence
                                                                                                        Grace (not RIP, but currently closed while moving locations)
                                                                                                        Spago

                                                                                                        Under 25:
                                                                                                        Mo Chica
                                                                                                        Torihei
                                                                                                        Musha
                                                                                                        Big Mista BBQ
                                                                                                        Ramen California

                                                                                                        -----
                                                                                                        Spago
                                                                                                        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                        Musha
                                                                                                        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                                                        Torihei
                                                                                                        1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                                                                        Ramen California
                                                                                                        24231 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

                                                                                                        1 Reply
                                                                                                        1. re: Nicole
                                                                                                          n
                                                                                                          Nicole Dec 13, 2010 10:30 AM

                                                                                                          The link for Musha is to the Santa Monica location, but I was actually thinking of the Torrance location when I put it on my list. I don't know if the SM Musha would make my top 5 list.

                                                                                                          Also, like some others have noted, these are the top that I've been to in 2010...I love Bazaar and Animal but last went to them in late 2009 so they didn't make my list (otherwise, I would kick off Grace and Spago).

                                                                                                          -----
                                                                                                          Spago
                                                                                                          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                          Musha
                                                                                                          424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                                                        2. Tom P Dec 12, 2010 09:49 PM

                                                                                                          UNDER 25

                                                                                                          Westside Tavern
                                                                                                          Cleo
                                                                                                          Polka
                                                                                                          Four Cafe
                                                                                                          Phillipe's

                                                                                                          OVER 25

                                                                                                          Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                          Church and State
                                                                                                          Tavern
                                                                                                          Canele'
                                                                                                          Taylor's Steaks

                                                                                                          -----
                                                                                                          Canele
                                                                                                          3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                                                                                                          Westside Tavern
                                                                                                          10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                          Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                          6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                          1. thirstypig Dec 13, 2010 06:57 AM

                                                                                                            Over
                                                                                                            Jose Andres The Bazaar
                                                                                                            Gjelina
                                                                                                            Animal
                                                                                                            Jitlada
                                                                                                            Sushi Gen

                                                                                                            Under
                                                                                                            Mendocino Farms
                                                                                                            Umami Burger
                                                                                                            Langer's
                                                                                                            Mo-Chica
                                                                                                            Daichan
                                                                                                            Starry Kitchen

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                            Daichan
                                                                                                            11288 Ventura Blvd Ste F, Studio City, CA 91604

                                                                                                            Mendocino Farms
                                                                                                            444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                            Starry Kitchen
                                                                                                            350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                            1. g
                                                                                                              gdodgerfan Dec 13, 2010 01:55 PM

                                                                                                              Over $25

                                                                                                              Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                              Hatfields
                                                                                                              Red O
                                                                                                              Leila's
                                                                                                              Pizzera Mozza

                                                                                                              Under $25

                                                                                                              Bobby's Coffee Shop
                                                                                                              Apple Pan
                                                                                                              Tommy's
                                                                                                              Phillipe's

                                                                                                              -----
                                                                                                              Apple Pan
                                                                                                              10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                                                                              Bobby's Coffee Shop
                                                                                                              22821 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

                                                                                                              Osteria Mozza
                                                                                                              6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                              Red O
                                                                                                              8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                                                                                              1. maxzook Dec 16, 2010 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                The 2010 Chowhound Los Angeles Top Ten Poll closes at 7 pm tomorrow night, Friday, December 17. Get your votes in before the poll closes!

                                                                                                                1. lil mikey Dec 17, 2010 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                  Over $25
                                                                                                                  Providence
                                                                                                                  Animal
                                                                                                                  Kagaya
                                                                                                                  Gen Wa
                                                                                                                  Drago Centro

                                                                                                                  Under $25
                                                                                                                  Mo-Chica
                                                                                                                  Cube
                                                                                                                  Pa-Ord Noodle
                                                                                                                  Puro Sabor
                                                                                                                  Osteria Mamma

                                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                                  Puro Sabor
                                                                                                                  6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

                                                                                                                  Drago Centro
                                                                                                                  525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                                  Kagaya
                                                                                                                  418 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

                                                                                                                  Osteria Mamma
                                                                                                                  5730 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                                                                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                                                                  1. re: lil mikey
                                                                                                                    o
                                                                                                                    orangepeel85 Dec 17, 2010 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                    Over 25$
                                                                                                                    Providence
                                                                                                                    Animal
                                                                                                                    PIzzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                    Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                    The London

                                                                                                                    Under 25
                                                                                                                    Langer's
                                                                                                                    Umami
                                                                                                                    BLD
                                                                                                                    Wood Spoon
                                                                                                                    Wurstkutche

                                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                                    Angelini Osteria
                                                                                                                    7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                    BLD Restaurant
                                                                                                                    7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                                                                                                    Wood Spoon
                                                                                                                    107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                                                                                                                  2. Servorg Dec 17, 2010 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                    Over:

                                                                                                                    Animal
                                                                                                                    Cut
                                                                                                                    Josie
                                                                                                                    Water Grill
                                                                                                                    Sushi Zo

                                                                                                                    Under:

                                                                                                                    Father's Office
                                                                                                                    Carney's Train on the Sunset Strip
                                                                                                                    Bay Cities
                                                                                                                    Santouka Ramen
                                                                                                                    Chego

                                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                                    Water Grill
                                                                                                                    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                                                                                                    Sushi Zo
                                                                                                                    9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                                                                    Santouka Ramen
                                                                                                                    21515 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

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

                                                                                                                    Chego
                                                                                                                    3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                                                                    1. m
                                                                                                                      maiweezy Dec 17, 2010 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                      over $25
                                                                                                                      Laxy Ox
                                                                                                                      Tasting Kitchen
                                                                                                                      Don Dae Gam
                                                                                                                      Tsuruhashi
                                                                                                                      Sea Harbour (dinner)

                                                                                                                      under $25
                                                                                                                      Mo-Chica
                                                                                                                      Ricky's Fish Tacos
                                                                                                                      Dan Sung Sa
                                                                                                                      El Parian
                                                                                                                      Golden State

                                                                                                                      -----
                                                                                                                      Tsuruhashi
                                                                                                                      18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

                                                                                                                      The Golden State
                                                                                                                      426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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

                                                                                                                      El Parian
                                                                                                                      155 E 7th St, Oxnard, CA 93030

                                                                                                                      Ricky's Fish Tacos
                                                                                                                      1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                      1. m
                                                                                                                        mdpilam Dec 17, 2010 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                        <$25

                                                                                                                        Umami Burger
                                                                                                                        Langers
                                                                                                                        Mexicali Taco Stand
                                                                                                                        A-Frame
                                                                                                                        Jitlada

                                                                                                                        >$25

                                                                                                                        Animal
                                                                                                                        Gjelina
                                                                                                                        Rustic Canyon

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

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

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

                                                                                                                        A-Frame
                                                                                                                        12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

                                                                                                                        1. RacerX Dec 17, 2010 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                          Over 25
                                                                                                                          Mastro's steakhouse
                                                                                                                          Lawry's
                                                                                                                          Westside Tavern
                                                                                                                          Waterloo and City
                                                                                                                          Lucques

                                                                                                                          Under 25

                                                                                                                          Sushi Gen
                                                                                                                          Din Tai Fung
                                                                                                                          Bay Cities Italian Deli
                                                                                                                          Langer's
                                                                                                                          Umami Burger

                                                                                                                          -----
                                                                                                                          Lucques
                                                                                                                          8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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

                                                                                                                          Westside Tavern
                                                                                                                          10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                          Mastros Restaurant
                                                                                                                          2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                                                                                                                          Waterloo and City
                                                                                                                          12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

                                                                                                                          1. Schweinhaxen Dec 17, 2010 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                            > $25

                                                                                                                            Drago Centro
                                                                                                                            Mori Sushi
                                                                                                                            Newport Seafood
                                                                                                                            Park's BBQ
                                                                                                                            Jose Andres The Bazaar

                                                                                                                            < $25

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

                                                                                                                            -----
                                                                                                                            Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                                                                                                                            1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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

                                                                                                                            Yuca's
                                                                                                                            2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                                                                                                            Santouka
                                                                                                                            3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

                                                                                                                            Drago Centro
                                                                                                                            525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

                                                                                                                            Mori Sushi
                                                                                                                            34320 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste B, Dana Point, CA 92629

                                                                                                                            1. ipsedixit Dec 17, 2010 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                              OVER

                                                                                                                              Kiyokawa
                                                                                                                              Saam
                                                                                                                              Valentino
                                                                                                                              Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                              Sea Harbour

                                                                                                                              UNDER

                                                                                                                              Canton Gourmet and Bakery
                                                                                                                              Canary
                                                                                                                              Saffron Spot
                                                                                                                              EuroPane
                                                                                                                              Bludso's BBQ

                                                                                                                              1. a
                                                                                                                                anothernotch Dec 17, 2010 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                over:

                                                                                                                                Providence
                                                                                                                                Chinois
                                                                                                                                Mori
                                                                                                                                Cut
                                                                                                                                Parks bbq

                                                                                                                                under

                                                                                                                                Jitlada
                                                                                                                                Hide
                                                                                                                                Father's Office
                                                                                                                                Langers
                                                                                                                                Bay Cities

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

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

                                                                                                                                1. J.L. Dec 17, 2010 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                  My first time voting! Thanks for spearheading this!

                                                                                                                                  Over $25:
                                                                                                                                  Urasawa
                                                                                                                                  Totoraku
                                                                                                                                  Mastro's
                                                                                                                                  Providence
                                                                                                                                  LudoBites

                                                                                                                                  Under $25
                                                                                                                                  Father's Office (Helms)
                                                                                                                                  Langer's
                                                                                                                                  Ramen Mottainai
                                                                                                                                  Din Tai Fung
                                                                                                                                  La Espanola Meats

                                                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                                                  Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                                                                                                                                  1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                                                                                                                                  Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                  218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                  La Espanola Meats
                                                                                                                                  25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710

                                                                                                                                  Father's Office
                                                                                                                                  3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                                                                                  Totoraku
                                                                                                                                  10610 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                                                                                                  LudoBites
                                                                                                                                  Roving wildly, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                                  3 Replies
                                                                                                                                  1. re: J.L.
                                                                                                                                    J.L. Dec 17, 2010 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                    Why does the quicklink direct "Mastro's" to the Thousand Oaks restaurant called Mastros, when I intentionally included the apostrophe to indicate the Beverly Hills steakhouse?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: J.L.
                                                                                                                                      m
                                                                                                                                      mc michael Dec 17, 2010 09:00 PM

                                                                                                                                      It's a conspiracy, but if not too much time has gone by you can go back in and edit.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: mc michael
                                                                                                                                        J.L. Dec 17, 2010 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                        Oh I edited that sucker out immediately, don't you worry... :-)

                                                                                                                                  2. j
                                                                                                                                    Juji Dec 17, 2010 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                    Over $25
                                                                                                                                    Animal
                                                                                                                                    Bazaar
                                                                                                                                    Rivera
                                                                                                                                    Lazy Ox
                                                                                                                                    Mastro's

                                                                                                                                    Under $25
                                                                                                                                    Umami
                                                                                                                                    Bay Cities
                                                                                                                                    Antica Pizzeria
                                                                                                                                    Mendocino Farms
                                                                                                                                    Bite Bar & Bakery

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

                                                                                                                                    Mastros Restaurant
                                                                                                                                    2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                                                                                                                                    Bite Bar & Bakery
                                                                                                                                    3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                                                                                                                    1. maxzook Dec 17, 2010 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                      And finally, my votes:

                                                                                                                                      OVER $25
                                                                                                                                      Pizzeria Mozza
                                                                                                                                      Musso and Frank
                                                                                                                                      Campanile
                                                                                                                                      Lawry's Prime Rib
                                                                                                                                      Sea Harbour

                                                                                                                                      UNDER $25
                                                                                                                                      Big Mista's BBQ
                                                                                                                                      Caioti Pizza Cafe
                                                                                                                                      Langer's
                                                                                                                                      The Kitchen Silver Lake
                                                                                                                                      Fred 62

                                                                                                                                      The 2010 Chowhound Top 10 Los Angeles Poll is now closed. Results to be posted sometime tomorrow, probably mid- to late afternoon.

                                                                                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                                                                                      1. re: maxzook
                                                                                                                                        s
                                                                                                                                        sushigirlie Dec 17, 2010 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                        wtf

                                                                                                                                      2. Emme Dec 17, 2010 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                        hmmm after much hemming and hawing...

                                                                                                                                        OVER 25
                                                                                                                                        Urasawa
                                                                                                                                        Providence
                                                                                                                                        Bazaar
                                                                                                                                        Gjelina
                                                                                                                                        Test Kitchen (*tear*)

                                                                                                                                        UNDER 25
                                                                                                                                        Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                        Jitlada Thai
                                                                                                                                        Musha
                                                                                                                                        Monte Alban
                                                                                                                                        Greenleaf Chop Shop

                                                                                                                                        thanks for all your hard work max!

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

                                                                                                                                        Urasawa Restaurant
                                                                                                                                        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                                                                                        Monte Alban
                                                                                                                                        11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                                        Musha
                                                                                                                                        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                                                                                                                        Mariscos Chente
                                                                                                                                        4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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

                                                                                                                                        1. maxzook Dec 18, 2010 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                          Having some computer problems ... expect the poll results tomorrow or Monday at the latest.

                                                                                                                                          Max

                                                                                                                                          1. f
                                                                                                                                            fbchase Dec 22, 2010 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                            Over 25
                                                                                                                                            Mangiare in Famiglia at Mozza
                                                                                                                                            Eva
                                                                                                                                            Hatfield’s
                                                                                                                                            The Bazaar
                                                                                                                                            Test Kitchen

                                                                                                                                            Under 25
                                                                                                                                            Pizzaria Mozza
                                                                                                                                            Loteria Grill
                                                                                                                                            Umami Burger
                                                                                                                                            Ludo Truck
                                                                                                                                            Jitlada

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

                                                                                                                                            Loteria Grill
                                                                                                                                            6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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

                                                                                                                                            1. maxzook Dec 27, 2010 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                              A week late, but the results should be up by the end of the day today, West Coast time.

                                                                                                                                              1. maxzook Dec 28, 2010 02:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                The results are in!

                                                                                                                                                Top 25: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755965
                                                                                                                                                Complete poll: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755966

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