Friday, February 28, 2014

Yelp's 100 Top Places to Eat in the U.S. includes no New Orleans restaurants

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

click to enlarge The #nomnom list, from Yelp.
  • The #nomnom list, from Yelp.

Oh, Yelp. You're so useful when it comes to addresses and hours of operation, and so un-useful when it comes to anything resembling good advice.

Witness Yelp's new Top 100 Places to Eat list ("100 must-try spots in the US to get your #nomnom on") which includes not a single New Orleans restaurant, bar, deli counter, food truck or second-line barbecue rig.

The website uses something called a "Wilson score" to determine its findings: 

click image The "Wilson score." - WIKIPEDIA
  • The "Wilson score."

Very scientific, and a formula that results in a Haleiwa, Hawaii food truck called "Dat Cajun Guy" outranking every place in Louisiana. (No shade to "Dat Cajun Guy," whose food looks pretty good.)

It could be worse: Portland, Ore.'s Willamette Week points out that a closed food cart in Portland outranked New York's Le Bernardin, and a Portland establishment called "Waffle Window" topped New York's Per Se.

Our #nomnom must be off.

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