After hearing back from some LA hounds in this discussion, we're going to give Neighborhood of the Month a try for September: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/863167
As some of you may have noticed, we've started doing a project called "Dish of the Month" on a few boards....this launched in SF in July, and has now been expanded to a few other cities, too (Toronto, Washington DC, New Orleans, Boston, New York City). The San Francisco Dish of the Month project was a big success in July, and it resulted in this post: http://www.chow.com/digest/122552/asi... after a really robust thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856748
We've been thinking about expanding this to the Los Angeles board as well, but in a different format. The idea is "Neighborhood of the Month"
The premise would be choose a specific neighborhood each month....I suppose it could be as broad as a particular section of the city (i.e. Cypress Park) or actual city (i.e. Monterey Park), but ideally would be more specific (a particular stretch of a street, or a particular group of blocks), and then collectively try as many restaurants as possible in that area. I think LA would be particularly good for this since there seem to be tons of streets and neighborhoods with restaurants that no one talks about....and there could be some serious hidden gems. A project like this could encourage exploration, and the sniffing out of great new places....one of the original goals of Chowhound.
This is going to work the same way as Dish of the Month and Cookbook of the Month, with a nomination thread, a voting thread, and a reporting thread. Hounds could organize amongst themselves to try to cover as many places as possible in a certain area. I think a big goal in this will be to chart out new places and make new discoveries!
So, please feel free to discuss different neighborhoods that could work....I personally think a small area might work best (like, take a certain number of blocks of a specific street), but it's up to you.
You can nominate as many neighborhoods as you want, and please do so in ALL CAPS so it will be easy to count later. The nominations will go until August 28th. Then voting will start, and we'll begin eating on September 1st!
Looking forward to this!