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CH Best of the GTA for 2013 - Results

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The masses have spoken (again)
Here are the top ... 10

1) Splendido ---------------------------------------------------19 Votes
2,3,4,5) Acadia, Bahn Mi Boyz, Edulis, Enoteca Sociale ---13 Votes
6,7,8,9) Black Hoof, Guu, Sushi Kaji, Yours Truly ------11 Votes
10) Harbord Room -------------------------------------------10 Votes

And as usual, the honourable mentions
JaBistro
Starfish
Zen
Buca
Campangolo
Chantecler
Kingyo Izakaya
Le Select
Momofuku Shoto

We have 3 restaurants that have made a 3peat, Splendido, Guu and the Black Hoof (the last with three appearances under three different chefs)

159 different restaurants got at least 1 vote

In what is becoming a tradition last years winner barely registered in the voting but in this case probably suffered by the winning chef moving to a new restaurant very late in the year.

We'll be back for another round in 11 months (probably with a slightly different voting scheme)

If you want to compare with last years results they are here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831295

And the voting thread is: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884382

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  1. Thanks for compiling!

    You have Black Hoof twice. Both under 2,3,4,5 and under 6,7,8,9. What's going on there?

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    1. re: radiopolitic

      Transcription error - the first one should have been Enoteca Sociale. Thanks for the catch.

    2. Nice dood! Thanks so much for the work! Very interesting. Almost makes me feel like making an infographic...

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      1. re: jlunar

        DO IT

        (a la Starsky & Hutch)

        1. re: jlunar

          If you want the raw data I can share the Google Docs spreadsheet...

          1. re: bytepusher

            HMN!!! throw it my way?

            No promises kids.

            ---
            http://www.foodpr0n.com -- food. is. love.

        2. Looks like small plates are the big winner here. With the exception of Splendido

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          1. re: meatnveg

            I'm not sure I would put Edulis in the small plates category, or Enoteca Sociale

          2. Not a single Chinese/Cantonese establishment mentioned on the list and we claim to have the best Chinese food east of the Rockies!
            Does that mean Chinese food lovers have to fly to Vancouver instead?! Ha!

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            1. re: Charles Yu

              Several Hounds mentioned Yang's ;-)
              I think any resto that's mentioned on 3 Chowhounds' top 10 nominations or more is doing well, even if they aren't winning a popularity contest! :-)

              1. re: Charles Yu

                I find with Chinese is that most chowhounders don't know where to go (including myself). There are so many amazing spots north of the city. A lot of chowhounders are from the city and don't make the trip. They read reviews in Toronto Life and Blog To etc who rarely feature spots like Ding Tai Fung, Judy's, O-mei and so on. Perhaps you'd like to start a thread detailing the best of RIchmond Hill and Markham and encourage replies, I for one would benefit on more info on this area as there are so many places I wish to explore and taste!

                1. re: Bobby Wham

                  Why don't you join one of my 'chowmeets'?? Ha!
                  Next one, in a few weeks time, at O'Mei - Giant lobster 5 ways!!

                2. re: Charles Yu

                  Charles, you have to dig down to the honourable mentions to find 2 places east of Yonge St. That may explain a lot.

                  1. re: Googs

                    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like Zen is the only honourable mention located north of Bloor.

                  2. re: Charles Yu

                    Hahaha we went through this same song and dance last year regarding lack of Chinese establishments!

                    1. re: themiguel

                      +1

                      1. re: themiguel

                        That's not my issue. While it's fair that any "best of" skews to densely populated areas, it doesn't necessarily make them the best.

                    2. Thanks for organizing this poll! I have only been to about half of the places in the Top 10 but agree that along with the honourary mentions it is indeed a fine group of restaurants.

                      When I go to another city, a popular resource I use (not sure if I can put the name in) is blabla advisor. Just noticed they put out a revised ranking of restaurants. None of their top 20 made it in the top 10 here. What is it about Jacques Bistro that travelers like, but foodies don't? :)

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                      1. re: nogoro

                        Link? Just curious. Googled and could not find a top 20 on (assumedly) trip advisor (?).

                        1. re: justxpete

                          My apologies. Unlike for American/European/South American cities, they did not do a Travellers' Choice 2012 ranking for Canadian cities. I simply went to the website and looked at their ranked list of restaurants (there are 4001 in Toronto).

                          Jacques is followed by Ruby Watchco and Auberge.

                      2. Great to see some of the smaller places pulling out front!

                        1. Good list - lots of places to try here. Notable misses for me would be Cava and Torito.

                          1. Awesome to see Bahn Mi Boyz in the top 10. Would this be the first <$10pp spot to make our list?

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                            1. re: graydyn

                              Burgers Priest made the list last year, I think it qualifies

                            2. As usual I will try to note big changes at any of the top 10 restaurants.

                              First big change:
                              - Your's Truly is getting a new chef, Jeff Claudio is leaving at the end of March

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                              1. re: bytepusher

                                I've been sliding on the updates

                                Acadia has a new Chef, Dustin Gallagher