About a month ago a Rand McNally survey about “America’s Best Small Town” was being hyped on the city’s Facebook page. At the time I pointed out the irony of this survey overall, being that Burnsville’s elected officials/staff do not believe the city is a “small town”, and neither do most of its residents. However, the survey which is looking at the topic areas of: most beautiful, most patriotic, most fun, friendliest, and best food has continued and the low response rates have catapulted some of these towns, many unknown to the rest of the outside world, to the top of a completely worthless survey’s results.
Now, while the topic should have died following the original post, the StarTribune went ahead and published an article entitled, “Burnsville dining is no joke”. However true that statement may be to the various restaurants listed in the article, especially Burger Jones Burnsville location which is currently running at an astoundingly poor 50% rating on Urbanspoon, as you can see from the table below, the vast majority of restaurants in Burnsville which have been reviewed by Lazy Lightning are mediocre at best:
|2011||Morgan’s on Nicollet: A New World Tavern||Average|
|2011||Taqueria Hidalgo||Below Average|
|2010||Juniors Sports Cafe||Average|
|2010||Porter Creek Hardwood Grill||Excellent|
|2010||Rack Shack BBQ||Average|
|2009||bd’s Mongolian Grill||Average|
|2009||Cam Rahn Bay||Average|
|2009||Taqueria La Hacienda #3||Excellent|
Of the twelve open restaurants reviewed since 2009 in Burnsville, three (25%) rate as excellent (only one of which is mentioned in the StarTribune article). One (8%) rates as below average and 8 (67%) rate as average at best. While there was an astounding 47 people (0.0779358604% of the city’s population, and yes, that’s a %) voting for Burnsville to be rated for “Best for Food”, this is more of a ridiculous popularity contest–which has been a major flop on all accounts–than a datasource worthy of anyone’s time, let alone the StarTribune.
From the article:
Burnsville officials are ecstatic over the selection, especially the publicity it is generating around the country.
“What this story does is that it furthers the case that, at least in the southern metro area, Burnsville is a restaurant hub,” said Skip Nienhaus, economic development coordinator for the city. “There’s kind of a restaurant for every taste.”
It’s true, Burnsville has a diverse food culture. Unfortunately it consists largely of average eateries serving mass-marketable entrees out of chain-backed storefronts. While that is fine, the highlights of Burnsville’s dining scene as noted in the table above, come out to be just about average and the low turnout for this survey shows just how few people care about Burnsville at all–let alone as a food destination.
The fact that Burnsville’s CVB is so excited about this survey and the fact that the StarTribune would waste their time composing nearly 600 words about it makes Burnsville, and especially the newspaper, look like a real joke.
So what do you think about Burnsville’s food culture? Do you agree that the majority of Burnsville’s restaurants are average at best or do you really believe it deserves to be in the running for “Best for Food”? Are you disappointed that the StarTribune printed what is little more than a Burnsville CVB press-release-as-an-article about such a ridiculous survey with a response rate which is about 50% of a typical Lazy Lightning weekly poll? What about the survey itself. Are the categories a worthy test of “Best Small Town”? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.