Curious where Miami'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 uncover which eateries have been seeing especially high review volumes this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Miami 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 have the momentum heading into back-to-school season.
The Egg Spot
Open since April, this breakfast and brunch spot, which offers burgers, coffee and tea and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 2.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, but The Egg Spot saw a 54.3% increase, maintaining a healthy four-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis The Egg Spot's review count increased by more than 480%.
Located at 228 S.E. First St. in downtown Miami, The Egg Spot offers a dozen sandwiches like Son of a Butcher with smoked brisket, eggs any style, pickled onion and chimichurri aioli on a brioche bun. Other offerings include chicken and waffles and loaded tater tots.
The Egg Spot is open from 7 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.
Wabi Sabi By Shuji
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Wabi Sabi By Shuji, the sushi bar and Japanese spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Japanese" on Yelp saw a median 2.8% increase in new reviews over the past month, Wabi Sabi By Shuji bagged a 23.8% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a stellar five-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 15.0 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 851 N.E. 79th St. since July, Wabi Sabi By Shuji offers freshly made bowls that can be customized with traditional sushi rice, a multigrain option, chasoba or green mix and sauces ranging from sesame ginger to spicy mayo.
Wabi Sabi By Shuji is open from noon–4 p.m. and 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday. (It's closed on Monday and Sunday.)
The Sylvester is also making waves. Open at 3456 N. Miami Ave., the cocktail bar, which offers coffee and tea and more, has seen a 28.9% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 3.7% for all businesses tagged "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.
The Sylvester offers unique twists on cocktail favorites such as gimlets, mules and Negronis. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
The Sylvester is open from 4 p.m.–2 a.m. on Tuesday-Thursday and 4 p.m.–3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. (It's closed on Monday and Sunday.)
Amor di Pasta
Amor di Pasta is the city's buzziest pizza spot by the numbers.
The well-established Italian spot, which offers pizza and more and opened at 2320 N.E. Second Ave. in May 2018, increased its new review count by 14.6% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 3.1% for the Yelp category "Pizza." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.9 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
Amor di Pasta offers focaccia breads, pizzas and handmade pasta. Notable menu items include the vodka pappardelle with bacon, mushrooms and tomato sauce, chicken marsala with mixed vegetables and margherita and spicy salami pizza.
Amor di Pasta is open from noon–11 p.m. on Tuesday-Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)