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FiveThirtyEight says LA has worse burritos than SD AND SF.


because the VORB (based on Yelp, of course) says so.

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  1. As if that means anything right.

    Same guys that took SD pizza over NY.

    Right ?????

    1. But do they have this? Ishe don't think so

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          1. re: CCDiner

            Not a drop of grease. So good!

            1. re: jessejames

              idunno about this... might have just lost all pastrami-arguing privileges with that one...

              1. re: TonyC

                it's not pastrami, not a chilidog - just frankenfuckingdelicious. don't forget the sport pepper/fresh pineapple/cabbage relish and an orange bang on the side!

              2. re: jessejames

                JJ, what is that burrito that posted the pic for ????

                That's some sexy shit.

                1. re: kevin

                  Oki dog: two dogs chili cheese pastrami. Special way they roll it.

                  Sexytime explosion!

          2. With all respect, I have read the article twice. I don't see that it says SD is superior to LA or vice versa. This piece (more to come) is mostly about methodology (which raises some questions, relying in part on Yelp). At most you can interpolate from this first piece that SD has higher rated places than LA, but the writer also suggests that East LA Yelp raters are stingy and SD raters are homers. Hence, this is just preliminary and the conclusion is going to be based on tasting. We don't know what other spots are included in their 64 candidates (only 20 are listed in the article; it could be that there is at least 1 more slot available in California; or will they junk the Yelp high raters and do something more sophisticated?). What will be cray is if some place in Chicago is deemed the winner. Time will tell.
            Frankly, the best burritos I ever had (years ago) were in Austin, Texas, and I don't even recall the name of the place.

              1. Is this for watered down gringo burritos?

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                1. re: A5 KOBE

                  It's a week long thing. Let's wait a couple more days before we judge. But you may be on the right track.

                2. What the hell is 538 in the first place - yet another blogger who can't find work, so blogging becomes the de facto employment gig?
                  The fact that any reader of this message board would rely, even read, on it is losing cred with me, and now.

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                  1. re: carter

                    You think Nate Silver is just "another blogger who can't find work"?

                    1. re: carter

                      You damn kids get off my lawn! Dag nabbit!

                      1. re: carter

                        Most blogs are simply vanity projects for people who think they are writers. That being said, I don't really trust the burrito preferences of someone originally from Lansing, MI anyway

                        He might be good at baseball and election statistics, but don't quit your day job just yet, Nate

                        1. re: Ernie

                          I think Nate is pretty sharp and interesting (global warming aside)...re vanity projects for people who think they are writers, see ladieswithknives

                          1. re: jessejames

                            I guess that defeats my potential food blog.

                            1. re: VenusCafe

                              Against it but believe it. He had some quack on his blog

                            2. re: Ernie

                              "I don't really trust the burrito preferences of someone originally from Lansing, MI anyway"

                              A classic ad hominem attack.

                              1. re: Servorg

                                Not really an attack, I'm just not concerned with this particular person's burrito tastes or more importantly, any type of "analyses" based on Yelp

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  Forget ad hominem.

                                  1. re: mc michael

                                    Did you have to be so Frank with me? I've been Zappa'd!

                            3. Many yelpers just don't know what they're missing.

                              1. Yelp is useful for pics, menu snapshots and locations, anyone who tries to derive quality from a review system where anyone can post a 5 star review with absolutely no description of why they value it as 5 star not to mention the obvious controversy surrounding yelp with business paying to remove negative reviews(thus the supposed disclaimer on yelp now) is like making a intelligent conclusion to data formed by an idiot.

                                I still remember a chinese restaurant in San Diego that I found to be decent where the yelp review rating was like 2 stars and most of the low ratings were people commenting that the orange chicken wasn't deep fried enough or sweet enough. I liken yelp to a voting based realtiy show, It's not whether you're better, it's whether you're more popular.

                                1. I am not one who enjoys French Fries in my Burritos please.

                                  1. So if one of your selectors (David Chang) says Yelp sucks, why base your hunt on Yelp reviews?

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                                    1. re: mc michael

                                      I think Yelp was useful (is useful to me) in terms of the "crowd sourcing" idea. I think if you are trying to survey the overall field Yelp will be helpful to the search. Besides, all methods are going to be suspect/come up short. But the idea is interesting and the approach is certainly unique and fascinating. I'll be very interested to read the results and about the hunt.

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        In California at least, I think they'd have been better served to check out CH reviews but that would take more effort than counting stars.

                                        1. re: mc michael

                                          It's just a fun statistical approach to something different if u ask me. Curious to see the winners

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            True, they have to provide content at least 5 days a week.