Foodie Fight Round Four: Southeast

In our last installation of the first tier of our Foodie Fight 2014 bracket (try saying that ten times fast), we are bringing our southeast food bloggers to the forefront. Hold onto your spoons, people, because after this cut, $hit’s about to get even more real. Rather than give you the whole spiel again, if you aren’t yet familiar with the first annual Foodie Fight, educate yourself here to get a full breakdown of how we score each blog (read: we don’t play favorites, and most of the data is pulled organically from our proprietary Restaurant Social Media Index, anyway). 

So far, going into the second tier — the quarter-finals — are Amateur Gourmet [Adam Roberts] and Mattatouille [Matthew K.] reppin’ the Southwest; Daily Blender [Jennifer Heigl] and Food Gal [Carolyn Jung] holding down the Northwest; and Ozersky.TV [Josh Ozersky] and Food. Curated. [Liza Mosquito de Guia] stomping on all you Northeast food bloggers/vloggers (we don’t hate, but work with us on the dramatics, people — this is blogger war!). 

Ahem…

Let’s roll into Round 4, shall we?

Southeast: The Contenders (in no particular order)

Photo Credit: Adventures of the Foodaholic

Photo Credit: Adventures of the Foodaholic

Maria Salas.
Miami
Blog: Adventures of the Foodaholic

Maria blogs about restaurants, mainly in South Florida, but her content isn’t limited to just those areas (her foodie blogger status is on even when she travels). Aside from restaurant reviews, Adventures of the Foodaholic covers a broader scope of the South Florida dining scene, compiling official local restaurant news and press releases of things like restaurant openings/closings and upcoming events. And speaking of events, the blog has a page specifically dedicated to foodie fiestas in the area (though they are in alphabetical order and not sorted by date, which would make it difficult to navigate for those who don’t already know about a specific upcoming event).

Editorial Review:

Content: 6: While Adventures of the Foodaholic has a framework that covers a handful of different elements, restaurant review posts average about 3-4 each month (we want more!), and the “Something’s Brewing in the Kitchen” page is heavy on product reviews, which reads as advertorial. Otherwise, we dig the content — posts are informative and help locals and tourists alike navigate the Miami scene a bit more clearly, considering there are tons of restaurants and where do you even begin?

Design: 6: We love the organizational aspect of the site, and it’s mobile-friendly! It’s also nice to see lots of food porn and photos for each post. However, the photos could have been taken up a notch with better lighting and a repositioning of the copyright text, which takes away from the image itself at times. 

On-Blog Interaction/Commentary: 4: Some comments here and there, but not a ton.

Klout Score: 42
Twitter Followers: 4,672
Sentiment Score: 6.12
Engagement Score: 5.12
Average Editorial Score: 5.3 
Overall/Final Score: 16.54

Photo Credit: Twitter

Photo Credit: Twitter

Sef Gonzalez.
Miami
Blog: Burger Beast

Sef Gonzalez has created a monster — a greasy, meaty, juicy one that’ll no doubt leave you with the itis. This burger aficionado has a penchant for all things comforting and good, and has really created a brand for himself with it. Burger Beast covers Sef’s venture — both in and out of South Florida — to find the best burgers and other comfort foods, and reminisces about food nostalgia along the way. Read: Burger Beast is not a read for the weak-stomached. Salad-ordering types, begone!

Editorial Review:

Content: 7: The Burger Beast’s posts are easy reads, with part anecdotal entertainment, part informative review, and are frequently written. If you’re on the blog in the first place, you know what you’re about to get served because the content is very niche. This narrowed focus is just as comforting as the food being blogged about. We also dig lists (who doesn’t?), and Burger Beast features a handful of ‘Best Of’ lists, including the Best 5 Sauces, Best 10 Croquetas,  and Best 10 Frita Cubanas, among others.

Design: 6.5: Mobile-friendly site? Check. Organized content? Yup. The design elements aren’t particularly wow-factor material, but it’s brand-centric, simple and straightforward. 

On-Blog Interaction/Commentary: 5: Comments aren’t super frequent, but aren’t lacking, either.

Klout Score: 73
Twitter Followers: 16.1K
Sentiment Score: 8.38
Engagement Score: 7.83
Average Editorial Score: 6.16
Overall/Final Score22.37

Photo Credit: KTT Law

Photo Credit: KTT Law

David Rosendorf (a.k.a. Frod Nesor)
Miami
Blog: Food for Thought

Perhaps you’re a ‘Food for Thought’ reader. Perhaps you enjoy Cobaya’s underground dinners. If you’re familiar with either, 1) you’re most definitely a South Floridian and 2) you’ve heard of Frod Nesor. And if you’ve heard of Frod, also known during working hours as X (Frod Nesor is his foodie alias), there’s a good chance you don’t know what he looks like unless you’re nestled in the local foodie clique. He keeps his identity somewhat anonymous for the sake of having unbiased food experiences to report honestly about restaurants, and we respect that. ‘Food for Thought’ covers reviews, lists upcoming food-based events, and glimpses into Cobaya dinners, which he helps organize.

Editorial Review:

Content: 8: There are a few different components we love about ‘Food for Thought’ content. For starters, Frod knows how to clearly relay a dining experience — in detail — to readers, transporting them to the scene of the meal. He paints a full picture, not just of the food itself, but of the atmosphere and of the people involved in cuisine creation, connecting things full-circle. To help aid in this detail, footnotes are used to clarify things within the post — an element that allows readers to digest more, but doesn’t take away from the syntax of his word flow. However, we wish he’d post more frequently.

Design: 5.5: The site is mobile-friendly and includes a lot of components, but most elements are, in addition to tabs, spread out on the homepage. In this aspect, we find the layout to be quite cluttered and overwhelming. 

On-Blog Interaction/Commentary: 6: A fair amount of comments.

Klout Score: 54
Twitter Followers: 4,289
Sentiment Score: 7.11
Engagement Score: 7.12
Average Editorial Score: 6.5
Overall/Final Score20.73

Photo Credit: Eat It, Atlanta

Photo Credit: Eat It, Atlanta

Jimmy Sobeck.
Atlanta
Blog: Eat It, Atlanta

Jimmy covers both restaurant reviews — mainly, but not limited to the Atlanta area — and detailed cooking posts, both full of imagery. But we won’t pigeon-hole him on coverage. According to his About Me section, there’s no strategy behind the blog — he just writes about whatever he feels like. And while he also mentions that ‘Eat It, Atlanta’ is just a hobby, there’s no doubt that Jimmy knows a thing or two about food.

Editorial Review:

Content: 8: A solid writer with a taste for dining out and writing about it, as well as learning the ropes of improving his own creations, Jimmy’s writing exudes a perfectly measured dose of personality, keeping readers entertained and informed. His growing knowledge of food prep and cooking provide a keen eye for critiquing. 

Design: 7: ‘Eat It, Atlanta’ is not just mobile-friendly, but its mobile layout is different than the generic scrolling tabs list you’re used to seeing. Recent posts are the main focus, with a clean aesthetic of date, title and number of comments shown for each. There’s no plain text or anything else to disrupt navigation. Simple. On the desktop site, content is organized by menu tabs like ‘Favorite ATL Restaurants,’ which seem to be updated monthly, as well as a page chock-full of links to other Atlanta (and national) bloggers. Also, the food porn is quite good.

On-Blog Interaction/Commentary: 6: A fair amount of comments.

Klout Score: 54
Twitter Followers: 5,799
Sentiment Score: 7.92
Engagement Score: 6.44
Average Editorial Score: 7.0
Overall/Final Score21.36

And the two winners, making it into the Quarter-Finals Round, are... Burger Beast with a Final Score of 22.37 and Eat It, Atlanta with a Final Score of 21.36!

Which team will you root for in the next round? Let us know on Twitter by tagging @foodable and #FoodieFight2014!

Foodable WebTV Network

Foodable WebTV Network