After a night of dunking solid cheese into liquid cheese at The Melting Pot muddied our data scientists’ understanding of the term “melting pot,” they decided to reclaim the true meaning of the term in the only way that made sense to our business model: by digging through America’s rich culinary diversity.
We currently work with more than 20,000 restaurants in 500+ cities. Among all of those locations, we’re dealing with 69 unique ethnic cuisines. By dousing an interactive map in a pile of our order data, we’ve tracked both the demand for and availability of ethnic eats across America.
Now, if you’re a normal human, you might be wondering what this means to you. We’re not entirely sure, but we can say the following: if you live in Atlanta, you’re hurtin’ for a few more P.F. Chang’s. Turns out 39% of our orders in the ATL are for Chinese food, but only 20% of the restaurants there serve it up.
And that’s just one nugget – take Denver for example. The best thing that ever happened to that city might just be the bankruptcy of Chi-Chi’s. 10% of its restaurants whip up Mexican fare, but only 3% of our Denver diners are thinking outside of the bun when they place their GrubHub orders.
Anyway, please, click around. Glean away. Have a grand old time. And then order some food. We need more order data so we can make more interactive maps. People love interactive maps! We read about it in the New Yorker. Or wait – maybe they just wanted to bait us into looking at their interactive map. Dagnabbit.