As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right now?
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 local businesses have been on the tips of diners' tongues 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 the 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 sizzling hot, right now.
This Southern spot, which offers soul food and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Southern" on Yelp.
Citywide, Southern spots saw a median 1% increase in new reviews over the past month. Chef’d Up only recently appeared on Yelp, but while many new businesses struggle to gain reviews, it has seen strong initial popularity.
What's the business known for? "Great tasting food with foreign seasonings, great craft cocktails and a welcoming environment." — that's courtesy of its page on Yelp.
It's not the only trending outlier in the Southern category: South City Kitchen Buckhead has seen a 2.3% increase in reviews.
With a 3.5-star rating on Yelp from 26 reviews and located at 701 Highland Ave. NE, Chef’d Up offers lamb chops and more on the menu.
Auto Spa Bistro
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about the Auto Spa Bistro, the car wash and New American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 1.1% increase in new reviews over the past month, Auto Spa Bistro bagged a 1.9% increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a mixed three-star rating. As for foot traffic, Auto Spa Bistro saw visits more than triple in the past month, according to SafeGraph data.
There's more that's trending on Atlanta's New American scene: Publik Draft House has seen a 0.5% increase in reviews, and The Pig & The Pearl and The Red Snapper Seafood Restaurant have seen 0.4% and 4.1% increases, respectively.
Open at 348 14th St. NW, Auto Spa Bistro offers car washes, cocktails and breakfast, lunch and dinner items on its menu.
Vortex Bar & Grill
The Vortex Bar & Grill is also making waves. Open at 438 Moreland Ave. NE, the popular bar and traditional American spot has seen a 0.6% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.5% for all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp. According to SafeGraph foot traffic data, Vortex Bar & Grill saw visits more than triple over the past month.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Atlanta's traditional American category: Tom, Dick & Hank has seen a 1.2% increase in reviews.
Vortex Bar & Grill offers specialty items including the honey-chipotle burger and more on the menu. Over the past month, it's maintained a sound four-star rating among Yelpers.