Of all the Pac-10 schools, the UCLA mail on top restaurants and bars was lightest, though when we type "lightest" we're being relative because the overall response was so overwhelming.
There's a good reason for that: The Bruins play football in Pasadena. They practice and go to school in Westwood. Which location gets priority?
Still, based on what I know -- and can surmise from websites -- this is a high-quality list. Bruins fans who participated didn't send a lot of random fluff (or try to stack the deck, as it appears some did -- you know who you are!)
(Again: The "*" means I've been there).
Arroyo Chop House* (The Pac-10 blog writes: Yum.)
Chanley from Pasadena writes: Best pizza in town.
Dano from Los Angeles writes: Great Italian food and Italian food is good for you in advance of a long day tailgating.
Writes Nathan from Los Angeles: Best fried chicken in all the southland.
The Dining Room at The Langham Hotel (It's currently being renovated and won't re-open until Oct. 1).
Writes George from Los Angeles: Great Tapas and Sangria. The Paella is fantastic. walking distance from the Rose Bowl.
Writes Ryan from Phoenix: I recommend the Steak Burger, which has been served the exact same way since 1927. Then wash it down with a slice of fresh home-made apple pie. Its worth driving out for a game just to have an excuse to hit this place up.
Cam from Albany, Ore., writes: "The Misses and I spent new years eve here, eating and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Bring your wallet, your liver, and your dancing shoes."
Barneys Beanery (over 30)
Daniel from Pasadena writes: Just a couple miles from the Rose Bowl. Great American sports bar with an insane amount of TVs. 3 stories big and the top floor is a billiards bar.Their menu is huge.
BJ's (over 30)
Freddie’s 35er Bar (over 30)
Anonymous from Seattle writes: Just a great dive sports bar.
O'Hara's (Under 30... used to be called Maloney's, and many people still call it that).
redwhite+bluezz (over 30)
Gypsy Cafe (under 30)
Kramer from Westwood, Calif., writes: Because we know you love smoking a hookah, Miller.
Comments: Gale's, Bar Celona, Freddie's 35er and O'Hara's got more than a couple of hits. O'Hara's sounds like a good place to go if you're a college student on a road trip. Barney's Beanery and BJ's are your sports bars. There seems like a lively debate about best burgers and best pizza. I'm staying in Pasadena in two weeks -- Stanford at UCLA -- so I'm trying to figure out which one of these places I'll sample firsthand. Will report back.