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POLL RESULTS: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2011: The Top 25 [Post #1 of 2]

Here -- with less fanfare than usual -- are the results of the 2011 Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants Poll. This poll was started in 2002 by Mr. Grub with the dictum: "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."

Normally this poll is published in December. This time it's late because maxzook -- the poll compiler for the previous four polls -- was unavailable. There was sufficient interest in continuing the poll, so I volunteered to compile it this year.

This year there were 32 voters total, down from 61 last year. Participation was lower this year in part because of the lateness of the polling period. If I assume the duties of "pollmaster general" again next year I will start it much earlier, and promote it more vigorously.

Here's an overview of the participation this year:

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Voters in the Over $25 poll: 30
Voters in the $25 and Under poll: 32
Total voters: 32
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Restaurants cited - Over $25 poll: 73
Restaurants cited - $25 and Under poll: 99
Total restaurants cited: 166, including the 6 that were cited in both polls
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THE OVERALL TOP 25 (both polls):

For the ranking below, the number immediately after the colon is the total points assigned by voters who scaled their choices from five to one.

The first number in square brackets is the total voters, and the number after the slash is the total voters, if any, who made it their first choice with five points.

The numbers in curly brackets are the 2010 overall rankings, if any. (Note: the 2010 rankings differ slightly from the previously published ones, as some minor errors were found in the 2010 results.)

An an example, Melisse received 32 points from 7 voters, of whom 5 gave it five points, and was rated #12 in 2010.

>>> Ranking <<<

1. Langer's: 53 [12/8] {2}
2. Melisse: 32 [7/5] {12}
3. Providence: 24 [7/1] {1}
4. Animal: 23 [8/2] {3}
5. Bay Cities: 21 [6/3] {4}
6. Father's Office: 18 [5/2] {9}
7. FIG: 16 [5] {134}
8. Pizzeria Mozza: 15 [6/1] {5}
9. ink.: 15 [5] NEW
10. Mariscos Chente's/Coni'Seafood: 15 [4/1] {63}
---. Sea Harbour: 15 [4/1] {31}
12. Gjelina: 14 [4/1] {16}
---. Sotto: 14 [4/1] NEW
14. Newport Tan Cang Seafood: 12 [5] {134}
15. Jitlada: 12 [4/1] {7}
16. Mendocino Farms: 11 [4] {25}
17. LQ@SK: 11 [3/1] NEW
---. Red Medicine: 11 [3/1]
---. Son of a Gun: 11 [3/1] NEW
---. Urasawa: 11 [3/1] {10}
21. Brent's: 11 [3] {35}
22. Hungry Cat: 10 [4/1] {29}
23. Park's BBQ: 10 [4] {32}
24. Mo-Chica: 10 [3/1] {19}
---. Monte Alban: 10 [3/1] {129}
---. Picca: 10 [3/1] NEW

The top new restaurants this year are ink. at #9, Sotto at #12 and LQ@SK (Laurent Quenioux's limited-run pop-up) at #17.

This post contains the complete results for the over and under categories: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/839272

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  1. Thanks for your hard work!

    1. FYI, here are results from previous years:

      2010: 61 total voters, 236 restaurants
      Part 1: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755965
      Part 2: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755966

      2009: 100 total voters, 343 restaurants
      Part 1: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673604
      Part 2: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673605

      2008: 79 total voters, 300 restaurants
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/580125

      2007: 76 voters, 135 restaurants
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/490712

      2006: 95 voters, 147 restaurants
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/357211

      2005: 104 voters, 214 restaurants
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/76226

      2004: 64 voters, 128 restaurants
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/63871

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      1. Trivia:

        1. More than 1/3 of everyone voting included Langer's.

        2. SAAM split the vote for The Bazaar: two people voted for SAAM, two voted for The Bazaar. These were tallied separately.

        3. One imposter from the OC snuck in: Marche Modern.

        4. For some reason, all four people who voted for Stella Rossa Pizzeria misspelled it as "Stella Rosa"!

        1. You are awesome for all the work you put into this! Would it be possible for the mods to sticky a post that compiles the links to these lists?

          1. Peripatetic thanks so much for doing all this work!