Stat Team's New Goal: Find Best Burrito in US
Nate Silver and crew are on the case
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 7, 2014 9:58 AM CDT
Nate Silver, burrito lover.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – Thanks to his work in sports and politics, Nate Silver has become something of a rock-star statistician. Now, he's applying his number-crunching skills to a new project: food. Specifically, burritos. Members of his team at fivethirtyeight.com are working to determine the best burrito in the United States, and they're not messing around. Silver has come up with a complex and rigorous testing process reminiscent of an NCAA bracket. (Chicagoist notes that before he made it big, Silver did a smaller-scale version of this to find the best burrito in Chicago.)

The national tournament will come down to 64 burritos eaten by journalist Anna Maria Barry-Jester. Those 64 were chosen from offerings at a pool of 67,391 burrito-serving establishments (not just restaurants; food trucks and grocery stores count, too, Silver notes). That huge number came from a Yelp search for reviews mentioning burritos. Establishments were assessed by a team of food experts from different areas of the country. The results haven't appeared yet, but you can watch for them (and get an insane amount of detail on the project) here.

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Chris Farley
Jun 9, 2014 9:27 AM CDT
probably all over now with the huge amount of immigrants coming in from mexico over the last few months. (put it here, since Newser seems to not want to cover it)
Lefty_Libby
Jun 8, 2014 3:37 PM CDT
Benny's Burritos, West Village, NYC Absolutely scrumptious.
Dr Geo Douglas
Jun 8, 2014 11:55 AM CDT
Go to Taco Bell, order the Fiesta Taco Salad, have them use a tortilla instead of the fried shell, roll it up and you have a damn good burrito. Maybe not the best, but just sayin...