Chowhound puts it thusly:
This year, by the barest of margins, pastrami trumped lobster and MacArthur Park trumped Melrose.
For eight years now, the food blog has been asking readers to decide “the ultimate Los Angeles restaurant.” And for the last three of those eight years, the readers have bestowed that honor upon Providence. This year? Chowhound readers say it's Langer's Deli.
-- Rene Lynch
Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times