Nate Silver, the writer-statistician extraordinaire who has accurately predicted presidential elections, major league baseball and more recently the World Cup, now has his sights set on the nation's best burrito; and that just might come from a North Idaho eatery.
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Joel's Mexican Restaurant in Sandpoint has made it onto the short list of Silver's so-called Burrito Bracket.
In the first round of the tournament, Joel's will face off against restaurants in El Paso, Seattle and Hawaii.
Joel's is one of 64 rare competitors that Silver and his colleagues curated from Yelp's restaurant reviews. Silver then created four geographic areas: California, the West, Northeast and South. A colleague of Silver—journalist Anna Maria Barry-Jester—will travel to all 64 locations to sample burritos, measuring each on quality of the tortilla, the main protein, other ingredients, presentation and flavor profile.
Joel's staff say they're ready to bring their "top game" to the contest, but they have no idea when the judge will arrive.