Thursday, February 01, 2018

The Geography of Restaurant Food

Google News Lab has been busy mapping America's major food regions. Using the location history of Google Maps users they have been researching what type of restaurants are the most popular across the United States. In What is the Pizza Capital of the US? you can discover where Pizza restaurants are more popular than Mexican food and where BBQ restaurants are more popular than seafood restaurants.

An interactive map, What is the More Popular Restaurant to Visit?, allows you to directly compare the popularity of any two different types of restaurant on one map of the United States. For example, you can use the map to see where Chinese restaurants are more popular than Indian restaurants or where in the U.S. steak restaurants are more visited than burger restaurants.

As an Englishman, where there is an Indian restaurant on every other street, the thing that struck me most about this map was the criminal under representation of Indian food in the USA. Where do Americans go for a curry after the pub shuts?

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