There are hundreds of restaurants in Sonoma County, but only 25 that can be named each year to BiteClub’s Top 25 Restaurants of Sonoma County.

Last year, I asked for your top picks for Sonoma County’s favorite restaurants. And in the end, there were more than 22,000 votes. The biggest vote-getter? “Other” — meaning many of you have a soft spot in your heart for some of the less-usual suspects on the list. This year, I’m asking for your opinions again (although the final picks for BiteClub’s Top 25 will be mine). I love to find out what restaurants you love, who can rally the most votes (yes, I know there are some who rally) and who we’ve forgotten.

I’ve started a list of restaurants that are among my favorite “destination-worthy” spots. It doesn’t necessarily include my favorite burger joints, pizzerias or hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese eateries, no matter how much I love them.  Instead, these are restaurants that really define Sonoma County’s culinary scene: A combination of a great chef/kitchen, service, food and ambiance.

So, if you’re inclined to add a restaurant (and no doubt I’ve forgotten some good ones) please keep in mind that they should capture the essence of SoCo’s culinary sensibilities. Think about the kinds of restaurants you’d send someone from out of town that really showcases what we’re all about.

Vote for as many as you’d like, but you’ll only be able to vote once per day. Rally your friends to vote as well. The results will be posted in early December.

(PS: The list will change order each time you reload the page, so no one gets an “unfair advantage”. I’m not a programmer, so yes, there are probably ways to cheat the poll, but I have set it to recognize cookies, you can vote once per day. Other than that, this isn’t a scientific poll, so don’t get your panties in a wad. Just have fun.)