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CH Best of the GTA for 2012 - Results

The masses have spoken
Here are the top ... 11

1) Khao San Road-----------------------------------------22 votes
2) Enoteca Sociale-----------------------------------------17 votes
3) Marben-----------------------------------------------------11 votes
4=5) Woodlot, Splendido, Buca-------------------------10 votes
6-11) with 8 votes each:
Harbord Room
Black Hoof
Burger's Priest
Pizzeria Libretto (Ossington)
Guu Izakaya (Church Street)

And honourable mentions, the next 5

Campagnolo
Grand Electric
Cava
Porchetta & Co
Beast

As always, a interesting list
Last years winner, the Black Hoof still holds a spot
Guu and Splendido also repeat

163 separate restaurants got at least 1 vote

Last year's 2nd place, Lai Wah Heen only got 2 votes this year

Last year we nominated a restaurant that had already closed, this year we've nominated a takeout counter.

If you want to compare, here are last years results
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765205

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  1. Thanks for doing the hard work in compiling and presenting the results! Need to get myself out to Khao San Road already!

    1. Thanks, bytepusher! And for anyone who wants to see the voting thread:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/827413

      1. Interesting to note there are not any fine dining restaurants listed except for Splendido. Last year's list had many more. My prediction is that things will swing back for next year's list.

        1. Thanks for all the work.
          But I just don't believe that all those people have visited Enoteca Sociale under the new chef and also rated it Top 10 in Toronto.
          But, perhaps (if you volunteer next year) you could just remove the restriction that one must have eaten there UNDER THE CURRENT CHEF.I believe that strongly handicapped the Black Hoof this year.

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          1. re: estufarian

            The reason I put that restriction in is that I don't view this as a retrospective thing, and that's why I used the 2012 labelling, the point of doing this as a group is to build a list of recommendations for the coming year based on the group's collective recent experiences. In that context it makes no sense to include places that have already closed or already made major changes.

            1. re: bytepusher

              No problem - it's your list.
              But your #2 is way too high given your own rules as the chef changed in November.

              1. re: estufarian

                I've been to Enoteca at least 5 times since November. The menu, nor the quality of the food has changed greatly. It's as good now as the six previous months prior to that - and the exec chef changed, not the chef de cuisine. Also - I doubt most are aware there was a change.

                I don't know if the same holds true for the Hoof, as I only went there once (which was enough for me).

                1. re: justxpete

                  That's fair enough - for Enoteca.
                  But same situation at Hoof - Grant was effectively 'Executive' chef for many months before leaving. The chef de cuisine was essentially unchanged, yet the 'rules' in the original poll thread specified that one MUST have eaten at the Hoof after Grant left.
                  Just a 'sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander' issue.
                  All credit to anyone doing the work for something like this - just trying to point out that last year's winner seems to have been 'unfairly' handicapped by this year's rules - and I have no 'right' to specify the rules.
                  Oh, and I've had private emails from people that 'admit' they hadn't eaten at Enoteca Sociale after the chef change (including some who weren't aware of the rule!).

                  1. re: estufarian

                    Also fair enough - but if most of the voters haven't been there in a year, isn't that significant in of itself? (I believe Grant left early last year, did he not?)

                    I also think that rule was an amendment as the list grew (but not certain).

                    1. re: justxpete

                      No, the rule was in the original post.
                      And probably I've spent too much time on this,so I will no longer cause a distraction.
                      Let the winners celebrate.

                      1. re: justxpete

                        @jxp He announced his exit from BH in late August.

            2. thanks for all the effort you put in much appreciated.