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 discover which eateries have been most discussed 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 extra cool, right now.
Open since August 2019, this New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 0.9% increase in new reviews over the past month, but G-Love saw a formidable 333.3% increase, maintaining an impressive five-star rating throughout.
Located at 1615 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland OR in Northwest, G-Love offers small bites like spiced Oregon hazelnuts, chilled cucumber sunomono and marble potatoes, alongside larger entrees, which include blistered romano beans with miso-caesar dressing and avocado toast topped with grilled squash, charred peppers and parmesan.
G-Love is open from 5 p.m.–10 p.m. on Wednesday-Sunday. (It's closed on Monday and Tuesday.)
Beetroot Market & Deli
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Northwest's Beetroot Market & Deli, the deli and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers bagels and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 1.6% increase in new reviews over the past month, Beetroot Market & Deli bagged a staggering 157.1% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a solid four-star rating.
Open at 1639 N.W. Glisan St. since August 2019, Beetroot Market & Deli offers a seasonal menu that features a slew of breakfast items, including bagel and lox, quinoa quiche and granola. Stop by in the afternoon for lunch items like chicken schnitzel, tuna salad or the fish platter, which comes with both cured and smoked fish, as well as artisanal rye, schmear, vegetables and house pickles.
Beetroot Market & Deli is open from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (It's closed on Saturday.)
Fried Egg I'm In Love
Sunnyside's Fried Egg I'm In Love is also making waves. Open since January at 3549 S.E. Hawthorne, the popular breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and more, has seen a 13.5% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.9% for all businesses tagged "Sandwiches" on Yelp.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Portland's sandwich category: PDX Sliders has seen a 6.7% increase in reviews.
Fried Egg I'm In Love offers fried egg breakfast sandwiches and burritos, including the 'Rito Suave — a medley of scrambled eggs, cheese, avocado, aardvark aioli, pico de gallo and a choice of protein (sausage, bacon, ham or vegan meat). Over the past month, it's maintained a strong 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Fried Egg I'm In Love is open from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.