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Dec 30, 2011 02:38 PM

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2011

Several hounds lamented the absence of the Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants poll this year:

The poll has been conducted for nine successive years (see results at bottom). Sadly, maxzook, who conducted the poll for the last four years, hasn't been heard from since July. I'd like to try to keep the tradition alive and -- while it's a little late in the year -- am going to attempt to conduct the poll this year, using the same excellent methodology used by maxzook in previous polls. Note that I will tabulate the poll only if there are 25 or more "ballots"; it will not be a very meaningful if there are fewer than that. Also, while the polling period is through January 16th, 2012, you should include only restaurants that opened in 2011 or earlier.

Here are maxzook's instructions for previous polls (with minor updates):

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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 January 16, 2012, 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:

2009, part 1:
2009, part 2:
2010, part 1:
2010, part 2:

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  1. Over $25
    Manhattan Beach Post
    Park's BBQ
    Sea Harbour

    Under $25
    Brent's Deli
    Mendocino Farms
    Golden State
    Stella Rosa Pizzeria Santa Monica

    Thanks for doing this!

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

    5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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

    Brent's Deli
    19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

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

    100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    sea harbour
    3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

    Mendocino Farms
    4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

    Manhattan Beach Post
    1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Stella Rossa Pizza Bar
    2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    3 Replies
    1. re: wienermobile

      If it's not too late my I swap a vote for Milo and Olive instead of Stella Rossa Pizza Bar?

      Revised Under $25
      Langer's Deli
      Brent's Deli
      Mendocino Farms
      Golden State
      Milo and Olive


      Milo and Olive
      2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    2. Under 25

      1 Father's Office
      2 Larry's
      3 Chego
      4 pizzeria Mozza
      5 Bay Cities

      Above 25

      1. Melisse
      2. Gjelina
      3. Kiriko
      4. Wolf in sheeps clothing
      5. Animal

      Father's Office
      1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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

      3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      1. Over (this year)
        Sea Harbour
        Son of a Gun
        Newport Seafood
        Mission 261
        Green Street Tavern

        Seafood Village
        Full House
        Wood Spoon
        U2 Cafe

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

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

        Newport Seafood House
        835 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        Wood Spoon
        107 W Ninth St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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

        Mission 261 Restaurant
        261 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        Green Street Tavern
        69 W. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91105

        U2 Cafe
        1200 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

        Son of a Gun
        8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        1 Reply
        1. re: mc michael

          Do you know whether all three Seafood Villages (Monterey Park, Temple City, Rowland Heights) are under the same ownership?

        2. Over $25

          Osteria Mozza
          Angelini Osteria
          Hungry Cat (Santa Monica)

          Under $25

          King Taco
          Brent's Deli
          Casa Escobar
          Cafe Vida (Pac Palisades)

          3 Replies
          1. re: Cosanostra

            There are two Casa Escobars: one in Santa Monica and one in Westlake Village. They appear to be under separate ownership: the website of the Westlake Village location ( makes no reference to the Santa Monica location, and the ABC license database lists different corporate entities (CASA ESCOBAR WILSHIRE INC vs CASA ESCOBAR WESTLAKE CORP).

            Which one are you voting for?

          2. Over $25
            Mori Sushi
            Tasting Kitchen
            Pizzeria Mozza
            Drago Centro

            Under $25
            Gjelina Take Away
            Mo Chica
            Mariscos Chente
            Shamshiri Grill

            3 Replies
            1. re: sushigirlie

              I'm guessing you mean Coni Cossio's Mariscos Chente (the one with Sergio, at 3544 W Imperial Hwy) (I know it's purportedly been renamed Coni'Seafood, but it's still in the health department database as Mariscos Chentes.)

              Also, prima facie evidence indicates that the various Shamshiri Grills have separate ownership. I take it you're voting for the Westwood location, not the Glendale or Northridge locations, right?