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Peripatetic Dec 30, 2011 02:38 PM

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

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/747594

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:

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
2010, part 1: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755965
2010, part 2: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755966

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  1. wienermobile Dec 30, 2011 03:01 PM

    Over $25
    Manhattan Beach Post
    Park's BBQ
    Sea Harbour
    Providence
    Fig

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

    Thanks for doing this!

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

    Providence
    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

    Fig
    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
      wienermobile Jan 20, 2012 04:29 PM

      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

      thanks.

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

      1. re: wienermobile
        Peripatetic Jan 20, 2012 04:55 PM

        Not too late, changes noted.

        1. re: Peripatetic
          wienermobile Jan 21, 2012 01:06 PM

          Thanks again.

    2. a
      AAQjr Dec 30, 2011 03:48 PM

      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

      Chego
      3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      1. m
        mc michael Dec 30, 2011 04:38 PM

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

        Under
        Jitlada
        Seafood Village
        Full House
        Wood Spoon
        U2 Cafe

        -----
        Jitlada
        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
          Peripatetic Dec 30, 2011 08:07 PM

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

        2. c
          Cosanostra Dec 30, 2011 04:58 PM

          Over $25

          Melisse
          Osteria Mozza
          Providence
          Angelini Osteria
          Hungry Cat (Santa Monica)

          Under $25

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

          3 Replies
          1. re: Cosanostra
            Peripatetic Dec 30, 2011 07:07 PM

            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 (http://www.casaescobar.com/) 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?

            1. re: Peripatetic
              c
              Cosanostra Dec 31, 2011 04:46 PM

              Casa Escobar Santa Monica

              1. re: Cosanostra
                Peripatetic Dec 31, 2011 06:53 PM

                Thanks.

          2. s
            sushigirlie Dec 30, 2011 07:36 PM

            Over $25
            Urasawa
            Mori Sushi
            Tasting Kitchen
            Pizzeria Mozza
            Drago Centro

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

            3 Replies
            1. re: sushigirlie
              Peripatetic Dec 30, 2011 08:03 PM

              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?

              1. re: Peripatetic
                s
                sushigirlie Dec 30, 2011 10:17 PM

                Yes to both questions.

                1. re: sushigirlie
                  Peripatetic Dec 31, 2011 06:55 PM

                  Great, thanks.

            2. Peripatetic Jan 4, 2012 12:44 PM

              As I mentioned in the OP, I will tabulate the poll only if there are 25 or more responses It will not be a very meaningful poll if there are fewer than that. So far there are only five responses.

              1. t
                TracyS Jan 4, 2012 02:56 PM

                Over $25 --
                Melisse
                Spago
                Gjelina
                Hungry Cat (Santa Monica)
                Manhattan Beach Post

                Under $25 --
                Langer's
                Santouka
                A-Frame
                Mendocino Farms
                Shamshiri Grill

                1 Reply
                1. re: TracyS
                  Peripatetic Jan 4, 2012 03:06 PM

                  Thanks!

                2. j
                  Juji Jan 4, 2012 03:39 PM

                  Over:
                  Son of A Gun
                  Fig
                  Tasting Kitchen
                  Osaka
                  MB Post

                  Under:
                  Bay Cities
                  Mendocino Farms
                  Monte Alban
                  Tacos Por Favor
                  Tudor House

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: Juji
                    Peripatetic Jan 4, 2012 03:54 PM

                    Thanks. Do you mean the Osaka at 6327 Hollywood Blvd?

                    1. re: Peripatetic
                      j
                      Juji Jan 4, 2012 04:19 PM

                      Yes, that's the one.

                  2. westsidegal Jan 4, 2012 04:01 PM

                    over $25:
                    sushi zo
                    hosteria del piccolo
                    fig
                    gjelina
                    la cachette bistro

                    under $25
                    mariscos chente's/Coni'seafood
                    stella rosa
                    shamshiri grill

                    1. f
                      Fidelixi Jan 4, 2012 05:08 PM

                      <25
                      Picca
                      Tasting Kitchen
                      La Botte
                      Mozza Pizzeria
                      Animal

                      >25
                      Milo and Olive
                      Hide Sushi
                      Nanbankan
                      Zankou (Sepulveda)
                      Clementine

                      3 Replies
                      1. re: Fidelixi
                        Ciao Bob Jan 13, 2012 01:27 PM

                        Nanbakan > [sic] 25? It costs me a whole lot more than that!

                        1. re: Ciao Bob
                          Peripatetic Jan 18, 2012 12:31 PM

                          Fidelixi has clarified that the '>' and '<' symbols were reversed.

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8257...

                          EDIT: just noticed your comment took that into account.

                          1. re: Ciao Bob
                            f
                            Fidelixi Jan 18, 2012 12:43 PM

                            I know it can go either way at Nanbankan, depending on how deeply you work through the menu, but I included it in the 'under $25' (<$25!) as I think it excels in that category and I find that for that I can get a great meal, with onigiri, chicken meatballs, chicken skin, lychee, burdock, and some fish. One trick is to bring your own wine. I definitely have gone >$25 too.

                        2. Porthos Jan 4, 2012 10:44 PM

                          Over 25
                          LQ@SK
                          Spice Table
                          Red Medicine
                          Mori Sushi
                          Pizzeria Mozza

                          Under 25
                          Yamadaya
                          Dean Sin World
                          Elite (dim sum)
                          Shamshiri Grill
                          Sapp Coffee Shop

                          1. lil mikey Jan 5, 2012 10:03 AM

                            -- Over $25 --
                            Marche Moderne
                            Providence
                            Ink
                            Drago Centro
                            Jiraffe

                            -- Under $25 --
                            Gio Cucina
                            Pa Ord
                            Little Dom’s
                            Elite
                            Marouch

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: lil mikey
                              r
                              rickym13 Jan 5, 2012 11:37 PM

                              over $25

                              n/naka
                              ink
                              melisse
                              water grill
                              musso's & frank

                              under $25

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

                            2. Peripatetic Jan 9, 2012 01:04 PM

                              Thanks everyone who has voted. We're up to 12 "ballots" now. Please keep those votes coming!

                              1. f
                                funkycold Jan 9, 2012 01:56 PM

                                Over $25
                                Animal
                                The Bazaar
                                ink
                                Lazy Ox
                                Newport Tan Cang

                                Under $25
                                Cacao Mexicatessen
                                Village Pizza
                                Guisados
                                In-n-Out
                                Golden Deli

                                1 Reply
                                1. re: funkycold
                                  f
                                  funkycold Jan 9, 2012 02:43 PM

                                  I should clarify its Newport Tan Cang Seafood.

                                2. s
                                  Sandra W Jan 9, 2012 05:33 PM

                                  Under $25:

                                  Radhjani
                                  Mantee
                                  Langers
                                  Jitlada
                                  Chicken-Itza

                                  1. Grog Jan 10, 2012 08:26 AM

                                    >$25
                                    Mo-Chica
                                    Marouche
                                    Pollo La Brasa (8th & Western)
                                    Jitlada
                                    India's Grill (San Vicente)

                                    <$25
                                    Providence
                                    The Bazaar (Saam)
                                    Hatfields
                                    LQ@SK
                                    Palate, Food & Wine

                                    9 Replies
                                    1. re: Grog
                                      Peripatetic Jan 10, 2012 01:41 PM

                                      Thanks for voting. Can I assume you meant "<$25" for the first list and ">$25" for the second?

                                      1. re: Peripatetic
                                        Ciao Bob Jan 13, 2012 01:30 PM

                                        Posters (see Fedelixi above) seem to have trouble with the < (less than) and > (greater than) symbols. Maybe I am wrong, too :)

                                        1. re: Ciao Bob
                                          f
                                          Fidelixi Jan 18, 2012 12:08 PM

                                          I screwed up and stand guilty as charged. > is the 'greater than' symbol, the larger item goes on the open side. My oversight created mistakes. As Grog says, however, I think the lists are clear by which restaurants are on each list, so no need to be a martinet for any posters that follow in my error. I tried to correct the post but don't think I can - is that right?

                                          1. re: Fidelixi
                                            Peripatetic Jan 18, 2012 12:23 PM

                                            > I tried to correct the post but don't think I can - is that right?

                                            That's correct -- you have only four hours to make edits. Don't worry about it, I will make the correction when tabulating. I'll note all such adjustments when I post the poll results.

                                            1. re: Peripatetic
                                              f
                                              Fidelixi Jan 18, 2012 12:27 PM

                                              Will the notes go on my permanent record?

                                              1. re: Fidelixi
                                                Peripatetic Jan 23, 2012 03:45 PM

                                                Only if you have a prior felony.

                                                1. re: Peripatetic
                                                  f
                                                  Fidelixi Jan 23, 2012 04:00 PM

                                                  Convicted? No. Never Convicted.

                                        2. re: Peripatetic
                                          Grog Jan 18, 2012 11:56 AM

                                          I think the choices are obvious. I copied Fidelixi and didn't pay strict attention. Sorry.

                                          1. re: Grog
                                            Peripatetic Jan 18, 2012 12:23 PM

                                            No problem, I'll make the correction when tabulating. I'll note all such adjustments when I post the poll results.

                                      2. a
                                        altstarr Jan 10, 2012 05:21 PM

                                        Over $25
                                        1 Mozza2Go Scuola di Pizza
                                        2 The Bazaar by Jose Andres
                                        3. Shanghai #1 Seafood Restaurant
                                        4. Waterloo & City
                                        5. Chosun Galbee

                                        Under $25
                                        1. Father's Office
                                        2. Versailles
                                        3. Newport Tan Cang Seafood
                                        4. Monte Alban
                                        5. Lemonade

                                        The instructions to vote for either recommendations to a houndly Out of Town visitor or special occasion meal to another Chowhound changes my vote from one based just on food rating. For Out of Town Vistors, I leaned to restaurants that are special or unique to to LA .... and so must include a Chinese, Mexican restaurant, and Korean restaurant. The unique family style format and great food brings Mozza2Go Scuola di Pizza experience to the top of my list, although other Italian restaurants may deliver marginally better food. Giving credit for a special and unusual experience is what kept other restaurants ahead of Bay Cities, Bludso's BBQ, Park's BBQ, Lawry's and Maestro's and is what kept Shanghai #1 ahead of other excellent Chinese restaurants.

                                        Thanks for picking up the torch this year for the Ultimate Restaurant Poll.

                                        1. Peripatetic Jan 12, 2012 12:32 PM

                                          Thanks everyone who has voted. We're up to 16 ballots now. Please keep those votes coming! The last day for voting is January 16,

                                          1 Reply
                                          1. re: Peripatetic
                                            Peripatetic Jan 13, 2012 11:43 AM

                                            Bump. This poll closes Monday. Still nine ballots short. Please vote!

                                          2. l
                                            lapizzamaven Jan 13, 2012 11:59 AM

                                            over $25
                                            Mozza
                                            Sotto
                                            Sea Harbour
                                            Gjelina
                                            Osteria Angelini

                                            under $25
                                            Tacomiendo
                                            Brent's Deli
                                            Tacos Por Favor
                                            Mendocino Farms
                                            800 Degrees

                                            4 Replies
                                            1. re: lapizzamaven
                                              Peripatetic Jan 13, 2012 12:20 PM

                                              Thanks for voting. I take it you're referring to the Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica? The different locations have different websites, so I assume different owners.

                                              1. re: Peripatetic
                                                l
                                                lapizzamaven Jan 15, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                I had just been to the West LA Tacos Por Favor on Olympib near Barrington...a young lady working there said they were a branch. Also, Id like to adjust my votes, adding a vote for Milo and Olive in the over $25 category, replacing Gjelina..is that possible?

                                                1. re: lapizzamaven
                                                  Peripatetic Jan 16, 2012 01:22 AM

                                                  Yes, you can definitely change your vote.

                                                  I hate to be pedantic, but I'm attempting to observe the guidelines set out by maxzook (the previous curator of the poll), which state:

                                                  "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)."

                                                  Anyway, if I said you could skip this formality, I could easily forget to apply the change.

                                                  1. re: lapizzamaven
                                                    Peripatetic Jan 16, 2012 01:38 AM

                                                    > young lady working there said they were a branch

                                                    You're right, the WLA and SM locations appear to have the same owner. There's a third location in Boyle Heights that might have the same owner, but the evidence is confusing.

                                              2. Tom P Jan 13, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                OVER 25

                                                Cleo
                                                Lucques
                                                Tavern
                                                Dal Rae
                                                Canele

                                                UNDER 25

                                                Westside Tavern
                                                Philippe's
                                                Polka
                                                Tender Greens
                                                The Counter

                                                1. t
                                                  toonoble Jan 13, 2012 12:50 PM

                                                  Over $25:
                                                  Animal
                                                  Lucques
                                                  Mother Dough
                                                  Angelini Osteria
                                                  Marouch

                                                  Under $25:
                                                  Ricky's Fish Tacos
                                                  Langer's
                                                  Father's Office
                                                  Chichen Itza
                                                  Golden Deli

                                                  1. Ciao Bob Jan 13, 2012 01:37 PM

                                                    Over 25

                                                    e baldi
                                                    Asenebo
                                                    Urasawa
                                                    Son of a Gun
                                                    Sotto

                                                    Under 25

                                                    Mariscos Chente/Coni's Seafood
                                                    Hunan Seafood
                                                    Lucky Noodle King
                                                    Skaff's
                                                    Night + Market

                                                    1. m
                                                      maiweezy Jan 13, 2012 08:52 PM

                                                      Over $25
                                                      Don Dae Gam
                                                      Sea Harbour (Dinner)
                                                      Picca
                                                      7015 Melrose Sushi & Sake (Formerly Shunji's)
                                                      Gorbals

                                                      Under $25
                                                      Pailin Thai
                                                      Krua Siri
                                                      Tsujita
                                                      Golden State
                                                      Ikemen

                                                      2 Replies
                                                      1. re: maiweezy
                                                        m
                                                        maiweezy Jan 19, 2012 12:00 PM

                                                        Is it too late to change? I'd like to change my under $25 to

                                                        Pailin Thai
                                                        Krua Siri
                                                        Tsujita
                                                        Shen Yang
                                                        Ikemen

                                                        1. re: maiweezy
                                                          Peripatetic Jan 19, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                          Not too late. Changes noted.

                                                      2. c
                                                        cartbaby Jan 14, 2012 05:03 PM

                                                        Over $25
                                                        Kiriko
                                                        Animal
                                                        Pizzeria Mozza
                                                        Newport Tan Cang
                                                        Park's

                                                        Under $25
                                                        Langer's
                                                        Ramen Jinya
                                                        Jitlada
                                                        Happy Harbour
                                                        Umami

                                                        1. d
                                                          DonaldStevens Jan 14, 2012 11:11 PM

                                                          Over $25
                                                          1) Melisse
                                                          2) Jose
                                                          3) JiRaffe
                                                          4) Polo Lounge
                                                          5) Pacific Dining Car

                                                          Under $25
                                                          1) Langers
                                                          2) Apple Pan
                                                          3) Red Onion - Palos Verdes Site Only
                                                          4) Juniors Deli
                                                          5) Phillips BBQ

                                                          2 Replies
                                                          1. re: DonaldStevens
                                                            Peripatetic Jan 15, 2012 12:47 AM

                                                            Thanks for voting. Two things:

                                                            1. Do you have any more information on Jose? There are a few restaurants with "Jose" in the name, and there's José André (of Bazaar) of course, but I can't find any restaurant named simply "Jose".

                                                            2. Are you referring to the Red Onion at 736 Silver Spur Rd in Rolling Hills Estates?

                                                            1. re: Peripatetic
                                                              d
                                                              DonaldStevens Jan 15, 2012 09:25 AM

                                                              1. Sorry. I meant Josies at 2424 Pico. We still love it.

                                                              2. That is correct. No other Red Onion counts.

                                                              -Donald

                                                          2. j
                                                            JBC Jan 15, 2012 10:16 AM

                                                            Over $25:

                                                            1) Matsuhisa
                                                            2) Melisse
                                                            3) Saddle Peak Lodge
                                                            4) Chinois
                                                            5) Giorgio Baldi

                                                            Under $25:

                                                            1) Nagao (Sushi & Salad - Santa Monica).
                                                            2) Shamshiri Grill
                                                            3) Jaipur
                                                            4) 800 Degrees
                                                            5) La Serenta (Pico Blvd., WLA).

                                                            1. ellaystingray Jan 15, 2012 01:31 PM

                                                              >$25
                                                              Hungry Cat (Santa Monica Canyon)
                                                              FIG
                                                              Red Medicine
                                                              Aburiya Toranoko
                                                              Animal

                                                              <$25
                                                              Bay Cities
                                                              Langers
                                                              Coles
                                                              La Playita
                                                              In 'n' Out

                                                              3 Replies
                                                              1. re: ellaystingray
                                                                Peripatetic Jan 15, 2012 04:12 PM

                                                                Thanks for voting. There are several La Playitas. Are you voting for the one in Santa Monica (Mariscos Guillen La Playita on Lincoln Blvd)?

                                                                1. re: Peripatetic
                                                                  Peripatetic Jan 18, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                  Hi ellaystingray, it would be helpful if you could clarify.

                                                                  1. re: Peripatetic
                                                                    Peripatetic Jan 23, 2012 03:51 PM

                                                                    Hi again ellaystingray, it would be helpful if you could clarify.

                                                                2. mikeop34 Jan 16, 2012 12:38 AM

                                                                  Thanks for keeping this great tradition going!

                                                                  Over $25
                                                                  1. Le Comptoir
                                                                  2. Sotto
                                                                  3. Newport Seafood
                                                                  4. ink
                                                                  5. Park's BBQ

                                                                  Under $25
                                                                  1. Dean Sin World
                                                                  2. Mariscos Chente (3544 W Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90303)
                                                                  3. Cacao Mexicatessen
                                                                  4. Jtyh
                                                                  5. Maximiliano

                                                                  1. Peripatetic Jan 16, 2012 12:53 PM

                                                                    Thanks to everyone who has voted so far. We needed at least 25 responses to make the poll meaningful, and we now have 26, so, to borrow a phrase from Groupon, "the deal is on!".

                                                                    If you haven't voted yet, you still have the rest of today to submit your votes. The more votes, the better resource this becomes for both visitors and new arrivals. DON'T WAIT!

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                                                                    1. re: Peripatetic
                                                                      Peripatetic Jan 16, 2012 03:12 PM

                                                                      Going once, going twice . . . deadline is midnight tonight.

                                                                      1. re: Peripatetic
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                                                                        js76wisco Jan 16, 2012 03:28 PM

                                                                        Over $25
                                                                        Sotto
                                                                        Park's BBQ
                                                                        Animal
                                                                        Providence
                                                                        Hostaria Del Piccolo

                                                                        Under $25
                                                                        Langer's
                                                                        Bay Cities
                                                                        Joe's Pizzeria (Sunset)
                                                                        El Farolito
                                                                        Stella Rosa Pizzeria

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                                                                      BrewNChow Jan 16, 2012 05:48 PM

                                                                      Can only rate UNDER 25

                                                                      Langers
                                                                      Simpang Asia
                                                                      Santouka
                                                                      Pa Ord
                                                                      Bay Cities

                                                                      hard to only pick 5, broke my heart to leave Bawarchi out

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                                                                      1. re: BrewNChow
                                                                        Peripatetic Jan 16, 2012 05:50 PM

                                                                        Thanks for voting.

                                                                        Everyone, don't worry if you can't pick five in either category. Your vote still helps make a better survey.

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                                                                          Sugarsnap Jan 17, 2012 01:23 AM

                                                                          Over

                                                                          Tavern
                                                                          Fig
                                                                          Hostaria Del Piccolo
                                                                          Hungry Cat
                                                                          Parkway Grill

                                                                          Under
                                                                          Bay Cities
                                                                          Tender Greens
                                                                          Stella Rosa Pizzeria
                                                                          Father's Office
                                                                          Cora's Coffee Shop Santa Monica

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                                                                        foodiemahoodie Jan 17, 2012 02:03 PM

                                                                        Over
                                                                        Melisse
                                                                        Providence
                                                                        Urasawa
                                                                        Mori Sushi
                                                                        Maison Giraud

                                                                        Under
                                                                        Monte Alban
                                                                        3 Square
                                                                        Oinkster
                                                                        Langer's
                                                                        Mo-Chica

                                                                        1. honkman Jan 18, 2012 09:56 PM

                                                                          Over:

                                                                          - Bistro LQ
                                                                          - Providence
                                                                          - Animal
                                                                          - Saam
                                                                          - Osteria Mozza

                                                                          Under:
                                                                          - Langers
                                                                          - Mozza2Go
                                                                          - Intelligentsia
                                                                          - LaMill
                                                                          - Scoops

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                                                                          1. re: honkman
                                                                            Peripatetic Jan 18, 2012 10:03 PM

                                                                            That's "Bistro LQ (R.I.P.)".

                                                                            At LQ hasn't gone too far away!

                                                                            1. re: Peripatetic
                                                                              Peripatetic Jan 19, 2012 02:59 AM

                                                                              That was supposed to say: "At least LQ hasn't gone too far away!"

                                                                            2. re: honkman
                                                                              Ciao Bob Jan 20, 2012 11:41 AM

                                                                              Daam, I really want to try Saam.

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                                                                              adrianroberth Jan 20, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                              over 25

                                                                              Red Medicine
                                                                              LQ @ SK
                                                                              Ink
                                                                              Picca
                                                                              Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

                                                                              Under 25
                                                                              Fundamental LA
                                                                              Smoke City Market
                                                                              Night + Market
                                                                              Spice Table (lunch, idk if that counts)
                                                                              Momed

                                                                              1. Peripatetic Jan 23, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                                Thanks everyone for your votes. Since the poll had fewer votes than in previous years, I accepted votes that arrived after the original deadline (January 16). I'll tally the votes later this week and post the results.

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                                                                                  secabeen Feb 21, 2012 09:04 AM

                                                                                  Have the results been posted? If not, when will they be?

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                                                                                  1. re: secabeen
                                                                                    Peripatetic Feb 21, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                                                    Apologies, I will try to get this finished sometime later this week.

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                                                                                      yesilovestotravel Mar 9, 2012 06:32 PM

                                                                                      Hi peripatetic!
                                                                                      Thanks for having done this!
                                                                                      I'd love to see the results!! Are they in??
                                                                                      Can't wait!
                                                                                      Thanks a million!

                                                                                      Yesi

                                                                                      1. re: yesilovestotravel
                                                                                        Peripatetic Mar 13, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                                                        This is almost ready.

                                                                                  2. Peripatetic Mar 16, 2012 03:00 PM

                                                                                    The results have now been posted:

                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/839271
                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/839272

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