Unsure where Anaheim's in-the-know crowd is 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 getting a significant uptick in attention this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Anaheim 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, right now.
Open since November 2019, this Mediterranean and halal spot, which offers wraps and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Mediterranean" on Yelp.
Citywide, Mediterranean spots saw a median 1.5% increase in new reviews over the past month. Hummus Bean only recently appeared on Yelp, but while many new businesses struggle to gain reviews, it has seen strong initial popularity.
"We are an authentic Mediterranean restaurant that serves quality halal mouth-watering meals," according to its Yelp page. "Each meal is made fresh from scratch within our own kitchen. We strive to provide the best food and environment for our customers."
Located at 5745 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road in Anaheim Hills, Hummus Bean offers chicken and beef kebab plate, gyro Greek salad and falafel wrap. View the menu here.
Hummus Bean is open from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about the Colony's Cultivation Kitchen, the popular New American and vegetarian spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 1.2% increase in new reviews over the past month, Cultivation Kitchen bagged an 8.7% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a superior 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.7 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
According to its Yelp page, "Cultivation Kitchen is a fresh fast-casual focused on a picked-with-a-purpose philosophy, offering healthy, organic and locally sourced dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the food and drink offerings to the innovative design and aesthetic, Cultivation Kitchen provides guests with a natural and unique experience unlike any other around. Housed in a greenhouse, the environment serves as a place for gathering and socializing while cultivating the human connection."
Open at 350 S. Anaheim Blvd. since April 2019, Cultivation Kitchen features sunflower hemp hummus, blood orange ricotta pancakes and roasted beets and hemp hearts salad. See what else is on the menu.
Cultivation Kitchen is open from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 9 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Lit Cafe is also making waves. Open since March 2019 at 1071 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 100, the cafe and bakery has seen a 9.1% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.2% for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
"Lit Cafe is a craft culinary restaurant offering gourmet breakfast, lunch and fresh pastries daily," according to its Yelp page. "Formed in the minds of chef David Fujimura, [who has] worked in and learned from some of the top restaurants in Orange County, [and] pastry chef Erica Tjangnaka, [who has] learned her craft from one of the top names in the pastry industry throughout the world. Together, they bring you the best food and pastries Orange County offers at a price that everyone can enjoy."
Lit Cafe serves up apple and brie grilled cheese, open-faced turkey croque monsieur and chilaquiles. View the menu here. Over the past month, it's maintained a convincing 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Lit Cafe is open from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)