Behold, the 538 Burrito Bump

As you most likely know, earlier this week Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight proclaimed the Mission’s La Taqueria to be the makers of the best burrito in the country (and world?). Here is the line today.

[photo by Gene Goldstein-Plesser]

26 Responses to “Behold, the 538 Burrito Bump”

  1. Evan says:

    People are sheep

    • They’re “sheep” because someone told them where to get a really good burrito and they went there to check it out? Your standards for human behavior are impossibly high (or something), and doomed to eternal disappointment. Plus, you’re probably going to miss out on some good recommendations in your life.

      • Red says:

        There’s a difference between a friend’s recommendation, and a website broadcasting an opinion. And yeah, looking at that flock I’d say they resemble sheep. I’m with Evan on this one.

      • stevethenameisSTEVE says:

        Any decent San Franciscan would have already had a (relatively) mediocre burrito from La Taqueria, and wouldn’t be in this line.
        You could actually round up everyone in line, ship them out, and San Francisco would be better off.

        • Leary says:

          I regret to report that your particular claim to “decent San Franciscan” citizenship probably isn’t nearly as interesting, valuable, or commendable as you seem to think it is.

  2. this is obviously a great thing, because it just means that these people are NOT waiting in lines at el farolito and cancun! thank you FiveThirtyEight, you blessed little peach you!

  3. trix says:

    i concur with the sheep assessment. la taqueria has been around for many years and has always been very busy and popular, deservingly. it wasn’t until a celebrity made mention of la taqueria that suddenly this happened. i believe this is what is known as the tartine syndrome.

    i’d like to know if all those people are ordering burritos. the place is best known for the tacos (hence the name). i think most people know you can get a better burrito elsewhere.

  4. Bob Dole says:

    That’s fine, as long as all the gringos are centrally located.

  5. arse says:

    best hot sauce too

  6. Ellen says:

    Regardless of whether locals go elsewhere, it’s great that a longstanding neighborhood business gets a spike in customers from some good publicity. That much longer they can stay in business, while upscale-y fake Mexican places open up left and right. I hope the attention will help La Taqueria and others like it stay open for many years to come.

  7. scum says:

    Chino makes the best food in The City, please go there.

  8. smegma says:

    My mind’s in the toilet, I keep thinking the title of this post is Behold the 538 Burrito Dump.

  9. Borg says:

    Burrito cocaine bump?

  10. m says:

    Let’s not kid ourselves. Half of that line probably consists of people who just wanted to stand in a line.

  11. umm says:

    these comments are great. never seen so many people so angry over absolutely nothing. SF is great for white whine.

  12. Lisa says:

    What did he base his findings on? It’s a good burrito but the carnitas burrito from La Palma knocks everyone else off the map.