Wondering where Portland's insiders are eating and drinking? It's easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which eateries have been in the limelight this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Portland 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.
Read on to see which spots are getting plenty of attention this summer.
Open since 2018, this traditional American spot, which offers seafood and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp.
Citywide, traditional American spots saw a median 1.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but King Tide saw a 10.9 percent increase, maintaining a superior 4.5-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the traditional American category: Breakside Brewery has seen a 5.2 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 1510 S.W. Harbor Way in downtown Portland, King Tide offers clam chowder, buttermilk pancakes, chilled prawns and more.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Kerns's Gravy, the diner and breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Gravy bagged a 10.9 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a solid four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 10.0 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on Portland's breakfast and brunch scene: Blackheart has seen a 10.6 percent increase in reviews.
Open at 3101 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland since 2018, Gravy offers breakfast and lunch options like eggs, French toast, grilled cheese pancakes and more.
Pearl District's Montesacro Pinseria is also making waves. Open since 2018 at 1230 N.W. Hoyt St., the cocktail bar and Italian spot, which offers pizza and more, has seen a 29.4 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.1 percent for all businesses tagged "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Montesacro Pinseria's review count increased by more than 200 percent.
Montesacro Pinseria offers paninis, prosciutto and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a strong 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Downtown Portland's Bullard is the city's buzziest sandwich spot by the numbers.
The well-established bar, which offers tapas, sandwiches and more and opened at 813 S.W. Alder St. on December 2018, increased its new review count by 18 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.9 percent for the Yelp category "Sandwiches." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.4 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
Bullard offers craft beers, smoked chicken salad sandwiches, slow-cooked beef rib, smoked beets and more.
Cully's Beeswing is currently on the upswing in the New American category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 1.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this New American and breakfast and brunch spot increased its new reviews by 4.8 percent — and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 300 percent on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 4318 N.E. Cully Blvd. since 2017, the business offers salted maple lattes, meatloaf sandwiches, sourdough waffles and scallion pancakes.