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Nate Silver Releases Best Burrito Bracket

Scott Lucas | June 5, 2014 | Story Restaurants

Since Hillary Clinton is obviously going to be elected the next president and the San Francisco Giants are going to win the World Series again, Nate Silver must be finding himself with not enough events to predict. That's the explanation we can come up with for his newly-embarked upon project to find the best burrito in the United States.

Gaze upon the Burrito Bracket, ye mighty, and weep.

Silver hasn't released the full 64 burrito bracket yet, but he has put together a list of what appears to be the top twenty entrants. At the top of the list is our very own El Farolito. San Francisco dominates that list, coming in with four spots in the top twenty: El Farolito, HRD, La Taqueria, and Taqueria CancĂșn. We're tied with San Diego for the most representatives than any other city on the list—LA has just two. But California as a whole utterly dominates: We have 17 of the 20.

That sounds about right to us, actually.

But there are big holes that we hope Silver fills once the contest gets going in earnest. (Nothing from Oakland has made the list yet.) Here's a few nominations of our own.

But look, we all know this is going to take months of work on Silver and his staff's part, and when all the sour cream settles, El Farolito is still going to be the winner. That's just science.

(Also, confidential to NS: We love Korean fusion as much as anybody, but HRD really doesn't count as a burrito place.)

(Confidential #2 to NS: Also, you do know that the sense data from eating food is inherently qualitative and nominal—not quantitative and ordinal, making this whole exercise just some desperate page view thing?)

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