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Do we want to conduct a NJ top restaurant poll on this board?

There have been a couple of informal polls on this NJ board in the past with different levels of participation, but not too much structure. For example, see:
- Early 2009: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/588676
- Spring 2010: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704018

Take a look at what they’ve been doing annually on the Los Angeles board for the last nine years. I like the way they quantify the results and come up with a final list for the year in ranked order. If there’s a good level of interest in doing something similar for NJ, I’d be willing to run it for 2010.

Here’s the link to the LA survey for 2010: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/747594

Here are the links to the LA results in 2009:
- Part 1: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673604
- Part 2: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673605

I think one of the key questions for us is whether one state-wide NJ poll would work well, or would we need to break it up into two polls by north/south NJ, or even three polls by north/central/south NJ?

What do you think? Would it be useful? Would you participate?

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  1. If a restaurant piques my interest, I would give it a try. I do not need the recommendation of others to tell me where to go, There's already plenty of information out there for me to make an informed decision on both old and new places, rather than read a poll on a popularity contest for a biased view, or worse yet, a vote from someone who has never been to a place s/he is recommending....but wants to appear hip, cool or knowledgeable and participates for the sake of being printed.

    Would the poll be beneficial....of course it would. Anytime you can be informed on a place that you did not know about previously, it is a positive.....the problem with the New Jersey Board is if you make a recommendation or give your opinion......there are a few posters who will disagree with your opinion, just for the sake of trying to make themselves seem more important. With that attitude, what's the point of wasting your efforts.

    1. I think it's a great idea. In New Jersey, the coverage isn't as good as it is in NYC. Here, with any "Top 10" list there is a risk that is based on solely reputation or, worse, that the restaurants are paid sponsors. I'd participate too.

      1. Wouldn't mean much to me. Feels like an LA thing to do. Plus they confine it to just one county. One big county, yes. Like Jacksonville or Miami is one big county. NJ consists of a string of neighborhoods and townships. Very few cities, in the sense that LA is a city.

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        1. re: GraydonCarter

          The recent revision for NJ CH's or those looking for dining experiences in NJ by searching one state Board, no longer divided by any mapping lines, pulls the best of CH posts together in one spot. The whole point for not dividing this small but highly dense state was ease of use.

          Polling on the other hand will drive the most prudent comment forward and exclude great spots that may have lost their voice by now. Polls tend to be very limited and expire quickly. $-$$$ is a whole 'nother story.

        2. Yes - I think it would be of value and I would participate.

          1. Dividing it would be problematic as there is little agreement as to what constitutes north/central/south NJ. I myself consider anyplace north of Rt. 78 to be north, and anyplace south of Rt 195 to be South. Let the games begin! :-)

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            1. re: equal_Mark

              Nah, too many interpretations of "top". Better to just report on a restaurant that you like, and let the comments flow.

              Secondly, this board for unknown reasons, has a concentration of posts from Newark and south. Bergen County is way under represented. (Largest county in the State).

              1. re: menton1

                I suspect this has something to do with the number of posters from the Bergen County area vs the rest of the state.

                1. re: tommy

                  Sure. Why not? What's the worst thing that could happen? We can all disagree :)

                  1. re: bgut1

                    But maybe we can agree to disagree .... !! I love reading about OP opinions - everyone's got one - if you don't want to read - then pass this by - but I value that others might introduce me to a place unknown to me. Yes, the problem that frustrates me is when people put in their two cents without possibly giving us the full story - such as -- wellllll - i heard about this but haven't tried it ----- or yes, I was there 6 years ago!
                    I agree with Seal - I'll play too! AND - might I add - I border on Bergen - I'm in Rockland - but always willing to travel!

                  2. re: tommy

                    Interpretation of the word "top" can be inane...

                    1. re: menton1

                      and, a poll is only indicative of the respondents.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        We could specify that only recommendations by those who don't respond will be considered...

                        1. re: seal

                          seal, I already trust your reviews :)
                          I don't need a poll of CH's to know which align with mine.