Thanks to Mr. Grub for starting the LA version of the annual Ultimate poll.
The concept is simple: everyone is asked to list, in rank order, your top 5 restaurants in Orange 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.
To join the fun, reply with a list of ONLY your top 5 choices. Responses with more than 5 choices will not be included. Replies with fewer than five choices will be tabulated. Your entries will be weighted arithmetically, 5 points for your #1 choice; 4 for #2, & so forth. A simple list will suffice, but any & all explanation is welcome.
29 OC hounds responded last year. The more replies we receive, the more useful are the poll’s findings, so please do reply. We’ll keep the polls open until December 22 & publish the results shortly after the new year.
For openers, here’s kingkong5’s top 5:
1. The Loft - The Montage Hotel, Laguna Beach
2. Newport Seafood - The best house special lobster
3. Thai Nakorn - New location in Garden Grove, same great food
4. Brodard Chateau - Good location and atmosphere
5. Mastro's Steakhouse - great steaks
Last year's results: