Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right this minute?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which restaurants have been getting outsized attention this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Philadelphia 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.
First, open since fall 2019, this bar and New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.1% increase in new reviews over the past month, but JG SkyHigh saw a 23.5% increase, maintaining a convincing four-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis JG SkyHigh's review count increased by more than 240%.
Located at 1 N. 19th St., Floor 60 in Logan Square, JG SkyHigh offers plates like black truffle and cheese pizza, turkey sliders, oven-roasted prawns and a broccoli and kale salad. For dessert, choose between apple pie with a rum raisin ice cream, carrot cake and a concord grape sundae.
Prince Tea House
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Old City's Prince Tea House, the popular spot to score coffee, tea, desserts and sandwiches is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Sandwiches" on Yelp saw a median 1.8% increase in new reviews over the past month, Prince Tea House bagged a 27.2% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating.
There's more that's trending on Philadelphia's sandwich scene: Angelo's Pizzeria has seen a 11.9% increase in reviews.
Open at 203 N. Ninth St. since fall 2019, Prince Tea House offers a smoked salmon sandwich with lettuce and cream cheese, a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise and a fried fish sandwich with tartar sauce. Add a crabmeat salad or sweet potato fries to your meal. The spot also offers desserts like the mango mille crepe cake and the purple yam souffle.
Prince Tea House is open from noon–midnight daily.
Giuseppe & Sons
Finally, Rittenhouse's Giuseppe & Sons is also making waves. Open since winter 2018 at 1523 Sansom St., the well-established bar and Italian spot has seen a 7% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.1% for all businesses tagged "Bars" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Giuseppe & Sons' review count increased by more than 250%.
Curious about the business owner? Here's more on that from Yelp: "Michael Schulson is the chef and restaurateur behind the Schulson Collective of restaurants whose imagination and vision have made him one of Philadelphia's most successful hospitality professionals."
Along with wine and beer, Giuseppe & Sons offers specialty cocktails, like the Palma Fizz with vodka, pressed ginger, lime and rose water, and the negroni with gin, campari and vermouth. To eat, try a specialty pie topped with mushroom, garlic and thyme. There are also small plates like fried calamari, warm marinated olives and shrimp scampi skewers. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Giuseppe & Sons is open from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5 p.m.–10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5 p.m.–11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5 p.m.–midnight on Friday, 4 p.m.–midnight on Saturday and 4 p.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.