Review Madness: America’s Favorite Restaurant

March 16 , 2016 by in Shenanigans
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As determined by the PEOPLE

Chefs with crossed cooking utensils prepared for battle

Does everyone know what time it is? It’s mid-March, so that mean’s it’s time for March Madness!

While everyone else is obsessing over college basketball, we at RevenueJump gush at the thought of reviews. What better way to determine America’s Favorite Restaurant than to have them compete head-to-head in competition without them even knowing it!

Here’s how it works. We divided up the country into two conferences, East and West. From each conference we then selected four geographically-separated cities to get some good coverage and make sure every area is represented. We then selected two restaurants from each city as our final contenders, giving us 16 restaurants from across the nation competing for the title of America’s Favorite Restaurant.

In selecting which restaurants to compete, we utilized some criteria. We searched for the best restaurants as indicated by the star rating and number of reviews on Yelp. From there, the best-rated restaurants for each city were hand-filtered, looking near the top for businesses that had roughly even numbers of reviews and ratings without being in the exact same niche (i.e. Mexican food).

The Competitors

West Coast ConferenceNameStarting StarsStarting # of Reviews
Division 1 - BoiseFork4594
Goodwood Barbecue4133
Division 2 - Santa ClaraOrenchi Ramen44237
Cheesecake Factory3.51245
Division 3 - SpokaneThe Flying Goat4.5318
Frank's Diner4403
Division 4 - Colorado SpringsShuga's4.5512
Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.4487
East Coast ConferenceNameStarting StarsStarting # of Reviews
Division 1 - ColumbusDirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace4723
Northstar Cafe4.5709
Division 2 - SyracusePastabilities4381
Alto Cinco3.5269
Division 3 - BirminghamSaw's Soul Kitchen4.5255
Highland's Bar and Grill4.5159
Division 4 - ChattanoogaMaple Street Biscuit Company4.5316
The Terminal Brew House4460

With 16 great restaurants now competing, week by week we will grade each match-up by the number of new reviews and their star rating on Yelp, declaring a victor as determined by their patrons.

Why does this give us the best and not some fancy food-critic with his own magazine column? This is like the People’s Choice Awards of restaurants. The nominations to compete are simply based on which restaurants are receiving the best ratings, with the overall winner being determined by which one of our sixteen contestants improves their online reputation the most during our time frame.

Week One Matchups

review madness week one bracket

 

 

About Matthew Biss

When not lifting cars or throwing large rocks, Matt escapes the disappointment of his life with nerdy games such as Magic, Warhammer, or Dungeons and Dragons. He is a history buff with several podcasts in the works, and hopes to live his dreams through his young son who was taught how to squat before learning to use the potty.

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