The Best of Nate Silver’s Burrito Blog


Nate Silver is the New York Times statistician who predicted President Obama’s reelection with statistical precision, and whose forecasts caused a “Drunk Nate Silver” snowball on Twitter. He also used to run a burrito blog called the Burrito Bracket back in 2007, way back before he correctly predicted the outcome of 49 states in the 2008 Presidential race.

The race to best burrito (not really based on exact statistical data) was based in Chicago and Silver ended the blog with the top two before declaring a winner.

Here are some of Silver’s most entertaining observations about Chi-town’s burrito scene.

“In a word? Meh.” Nov. 3, 2007

“I remember the moment that I first conceived of Burrito Bracket. It was in those halcyon days of late July, 2007. I was walking down Milwaukee Avenue, so sweaty from the 90-degree heat that my glasses kept slipping off my nose. I was a kid back then, looking for lunch in all the wrong places.” Nov. 7, 2007

“…My tacos were almost self-consciously photogenic –as opposed to La Pasadita’s, which might generously be described as “fugly.” Oct. 26, 2007

“It’s owned and operated by somebody named Yebel Shlimovitch, which I’m assuming is not a Mexican surname.” Oct. 19, 2007

“It’s sort of like the heart of a little taqueria trapped within the body of one of those fancy dives on Wells Street.” Oct. 8, 2007

“I can’t believe I’m saying this after Carnciera Guanajuato’s sodium bomb, but they really could have used some more salt.” Oct. 5, 2007

“Picante must know that white boys like their chicken.” Sept. 26, 2007

“Well, it’s Chipotle. And that’s generally a good thing.” Sept. 25, 2007

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