February 22, 2011 Power Rankings

by Ryan @ MRPR on February 22, 2011

QUICK HITS:

♦ Food & Wine magazine and CNN’s awfully named food blog “Eatocracy” (personally, I’d rather live in a potatorship or an olivegarchy) have announced their nominees for the annual Best New Chef competition.  Miami’s representatives are Timon Balloo (Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill), Jeff McInnis (Gigi) and Marco Ferraro (Wish, Wynwood Kitchen + Bar), and all three are losing badly in the voting tally (with McInnis doing the best of the three with approx. 8.75% of the vote).  Let’s blame it on the fact that the Miami chefs are listed in the “Gulf Coast” category rather than the “Southeast” category.

♦ You’ve probably already seen this breaking news on CNN but apparently American Noodle Bar has discovered the perfect noodle.  According to ANB’s Twitter feed, the noodles are “JUST the right size and still holds up in the broth!”  Pfizer can stop their research now.

♦ Sir Pizza, which used to just be called “Pizza” until it was knighted, has unveiled its very own food truck (hat tip: Burger Beast).  It’s like delivery, only slightly less convenient.

♦ Hot on the trail of last week’s news that Sakaya Kitchen has spawned a second food truck, Latin Burger & Taco Truck has also announced that its cloning experiment is a success.  So, if you’re keeping score at home, the tally is:

GastroPod: 2

Sakaya Kitchen/Dim Ssam A Go Go: 2

Latin Burger & Taco Truck: 2

The Ice Cream Man: 5,000

♦ In housekeeping news, MRPR hits the road (sky) this week and posting may be more limited for the next couple of weeks.  Please pardon any and all of our humblebrags.  We’ll try to keep it to a minimum.

(Last Week’s Rankings in Parentheses)

1. NAOE (1)

2. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (2)

3. Red Light (3)

4. Sakaya Kitchen (4)

5. BLT Steak (5)

6. Buena Vista Bistro (6)

7. GastroPod (7)

8. Eos (8)

9. Zuma (9)

10. Hiro’s Yakko-San (10)

11. Michy’s (11)

12. Chow Down Grill (12)

13. Sra. Martinez (13)

14. American Noodle Bar (14)

15. Sustain Restaurant + Bar (15)

16. Bourbon Steak (16)

17. Mandolin Aegean Bistro (17)

18. Pubbelly (18)

19. Gigi (19)

20. Pizzavolante (20)

On the bubble: Bin No. 18Metro Bistro Cafe

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