As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, 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 and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to deduce which eateries have been in the spotlight this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at Indianapolis 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. Then we analyzed foot traffic data from SafeGraph to validate the trends.
Read on to see which spots are closing the summer out strong.
Turchetti's Salumeria Butcher Shop & Marketplace
Open since June, this butcher, which offers sandwiches, burgers and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Burgers" on Yelp.
Citywide, burger spots saw a median 3.6% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Turchetti's Salumeria Butcher Shop & Marketplace saw a 71.4% increase, maintaining a terrific five-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the burger category: Chicago Beef And Dog Company has seen a 64.7% increase in reviews.
Located at 1110 Prospect St. in Fountain Square, Turchetti's Salumeria Butcher Shop & Marketplace offers salads, sandwiches, pre-made dinners, meat, cheese and more.
Turchetti's Salumeria Butcher Shop & Marketplace is open from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on weekends.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about North Perry's Jailbird, the bar is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 3.1% increase in new reviews over the past month, Jailbird bagged a 41.7% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.4 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on Indianapolis's bar scene: Condado Tacos - Mass Ave has seen a 24.7% increase in reviews.
Open at 4022 Shelby St. since May, Jailbird offers beer, wine and cocktails. Food menu offerings include burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs.
Jailbird is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Rick's Cafe Boatyard
Eagle Creek's Rick's Cafe Boatyard is also making waves. Established in 1994, the popular bar and traditional American spot, located at 4050 Dandy Trail offers seafood and more. It has seen a 3.1% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.6% for all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp. According to SafeGraph foot traffic data, Rick's Cafe Boatyard saw visits almost double over the past month.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Indianapolis's traditional American category: Fire by the Monon has seen a 2.4% increase in reviews, and Steak ’n Shake and Krueger's Tavern have seen 3.4 and 9.3% increases, respectively.
Rick's Cafe Boatyard offers a crab filet smothered in shrimp etouffee, penne pasta with Alfredo or a duck breast marinated in rosemary, lemon and red wine vinegar. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Rick's Cafe Boatyard is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday. According to SafeGraph, it usually gets busy at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re planning your visit, you may want to try its slower periods on Mondays.