July 31, 2005 | Comments

Recently, the members of the Chicago culinary chat site, LTHForum.com, were invited to nominate locations for the 2005 Great Neighborhood Restaurant Program. A brief description of the program, as posted on the site, follows:

The Great Neighborhood Restaurants Program is designed to recognize local restaurants that the LTH community considers “great” – in other words, places that provide a food experience that is distinctly “better than the rest.” Some of these restaurants might be hole-in-the-wall joints; others might be fancy-pants culinary temples.

Any member could nominate one, and only one, location. These nominations were made in a public forum and open for discussion until the voting period began. The moderators of LTHForum.com voted individually on each nomination. There is no categorization or rankings, simply a "yes" or "no" for each nomination. When all was said and done, twenty-seven locations were selected as Great Neighborhood Restaurants for 2005. I was honored to be one of the voting members of the LTHForum moderation staff and I had a great time at the LTHForum 1-year/1000 Member Party where these winners were announced.

The list of winners (see below) reflects the varied, exciting, and evolving culinary landscape of the Chicago area. I hope it helps you find a new favorite of your own.

Currently, we are in the process of delivering window signs to each of the winning restaurants. Many of them are already displayed alongside Reader reviews and Zagat signs around the city.

Click here to see a Google Map of all 27 winners, which contains addresses, phone numbers, and links to the nomination threads on LTHForum.com.

LTHForum.com 2005 Great Neighborhood Restaurant Awards
Lao Sze Chuan
Ed's Potsticker House
Al's No. 1 Italian Beef
Barbara Ann's
Laschet's Inn
Cafe Marianao
TAC Quick
Freddy's Pizza
White Palace Grill
Frontera Grill/Topolobampo
Ristorante Agostino
Amancer Tapatio
Spoon Thai
Taqueria La Oaxaqueña
Tank Noodle
City Noor Kebab
Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe
Moon Palace
Fabulous Noodles
"Little" Three Happiness

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