As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending today?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp and SafeGraph, a data set of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to uncover which eateries have been seeing especially high review volumes this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at Atlanta businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. Then we analyzed foot traffic data from SafeGraph to validate the trends.
Read on to see which spots are getting plenty of attention this autumn.
This New American and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers tacos and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Velvet Taco saw a massive 400% increase, with a slight downward trend from a 4.5-star rating a month ago to four stars today.
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Lazy Betty has seen an 18.5% increase in reviews, and The hive buckhead and Howell's Kitchen and Bar have seen 9.4% and 4.7% increases, respectively.
Located at 77 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Suite #35A, Velvet Taco offers chicken & waffles and bacon & eggs breakfast tacos and more.
Fin & Feathers
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Sweet Auburn's Fin & Feathers, the breakfast and brunch and traditional American spot, which offers soul food and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 1.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, Fin & Feathers bagged a formidable 175% increase in new reviews within that timeframe, with a slight downward trend from a 4.5-star rating a month ago to its current four stars.
Open at 360 Edgewood Ave. SE, Fin & Feathers offers fried chicken wings, grilled lobster tails and more on the menu.
Pin & Proper
Pin & Proper is also making waves. Open since 2018 at 1039 Grant St. SE, Suite D10, the bar and traditional American and bowling spot has seen a 7.6% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.4% for all businesses tagged "Bars" on Yelp. As for foot traffic, Pin & Proper saw visits double over the past month, according to SafeGraph data.
Pin & Proper offers fried pickles, wings and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.
With 3.5 stars on Yelp, H&F Burger is the city's buzziest traditional American spot by the numbers.
The popular traditional American spot, which offers burgers and more at 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE in the Ponce City Market, increased its new review count by 5.4% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.8% for the Yelp category "American (Traditional)." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 3.7 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
H&F Burger offers salads in addition to burgers along with a fried chicken club sandwich special on the menu.