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Chowhound's best of 2014 - results

bytepusher | Feb 3, 201409:32 AM

A little more complex than in the past, please bear with me...

We had a few less voters than past years but no less diversity, 146 restaurants attracted at least one vote each

First off, here is the top 10 list using the voting system we used in the past years

1) Bar Isabel 26 votes
2) Spendido 14 votes
3) Edulis 13 votes
4) Chantecler 12 votes
5) Bahn Mi Boys 11 votes
6) Momofuku Shoto 10 votes
7) Patria 10 votes
8) Richmond Station 10 votes
9) Santouka 10 votes
10) Bero 9 votes

Honorable mentions with 8 votes each: Sabai Sabei and Zen

I've been looking at several different ways to use the weighted votes that you all cast this year, I started with the idea that I would just assign points to each vote, 10 for a 1st place, 9 for second etc and total up the points and ... the result was so close to the old system that it really didn't seem to be a useful exercise (Santouka was replaced by Zen but the other 9 were the same).

So instead I took the top 25% of the list in terms of votes, then averaged the votes each restaurant got and sorted things by the average:

1) Momofuku Shoto 8.60 points
2) Edulis 8.38 points
3) Bar Isabel 8.00 points
4) Scaramouche 7.83 points
5) Actinolite 7.67 points
6) Jacobs and Co 7.60 points
7) Chantacler 7.42 points
8, 9) Buca, Harbord Room 7.00 points
10) Patria 6.60 points

Finally in honour of the Winter Olympics I also did a sort based on the ordinal placement figure skating style (who got the most 1st place votes, then move along the columns to break any ties)

1) Bar Isabel
2) Edulis
3) Momofuku Shoto
4) Splendido
5) Chantacler
6) Patria
7) Scaramouche
8) Actinolite
9) Buca
10) Jacobs

OK, so just to make this more complex, here is the entire list of places that at least one person named their #1 restaurant:

Bar Isabel
Momofuku Shoto
Ici Bistro
Auberge du Pommier
Yours Truly
Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto
Al Tanoor

Discuss amongs yourselves

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka,
Bar Isabel,
Edulis Restaurant,
Scaramouche Pasta Bar,
Actinolite Restaurant,
Auberge du Pommier,
Yang's Teppanyaki & Sushi - All You Can Eat Sushi,
Yang's Fine Chinese Cuisine,
Hashimoto Restaurant,
Richmond Station,
Milk Bar Toronto
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