Want the inside word on Sacramento's buzziest local spots?
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 local businesses have been on the tips of diners' tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at Sacramento 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 riding a trend, right now.
Tropics Alehouse Midtown
Open since August, this sports bar, beer bar and New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 0.9% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Tropics Alehouse Midtown saw a 27.1% increase, maintaining a convincing four-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Tiger has seen a 10.3% increase in reviews, and Camden Spit & Larder and California Pizza Kitchen at Sacramento have seen 6.7 and 2.6% increases, respectively.
Located at 2001 J St. in Boulevard Park, Tropics Alehouse Midtown offers small bites like buffalo cauliflower and avocado toast, alongside poke, burgers and nachos. This spot also serves up breakfast.
Tropics Alehouse Midtown is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.–midnight on Sunday.
Old Soul @ 40 Acres
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about North Oak Park's Old Soul @ 40 Acres, the well-established breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee, tea and more, has seen a major increase in foot traffic recently.
While Old Soul @ 40 Acres stayed on par with the median 1.1% increase in new reviews businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp over the past month, maintaining a healthy four-star rating, the number of visitors to Old Soul @ 40 Acres more than tripled over the same time frame, according to SafeGraph's foot traffic data.
There's more that's trending on Sacramento's breakfast and brunch scene: Aji Dori Restaurant has seen a 12.8% increase in reviews.
Open at 3434 Broadway since 2010, Old Soul @ 40 Acres offers breakfast items like bacon doughnuts, biscuits and gravy, omelets, French toast and more.
Old Soul @ 40 Acres is open from 6 a.m.–10 p.m. daily. According to SafeGraph, it's usually busiest at 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and people visit Old Soul @ 40 Acres most on Fridays and Saturdays, with a slowdown on Mondays.
Midtown's Magpie Cafe is also making waves. Open since 2015 at 1601 16th St., the well-established bar and New American spot has seen a 1.4% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.1% for all businesses tagged "Bars" on Yelp. As for foot traffic, Magpie Cafe saw visits triple over the past month, according to SafeGraph data.
Magpie Cafe offers crispy pork belly, beef tartare toast, cheese plates and more. A variety of beer, wine and cocktails are also on offer. Over the past month, it's maintained a solid four-star rating among Yelpers.
Magpie Cafe is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.) According to SafeGraph, it usually gets busy at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and on Saturdays and Fridays, with a slowdown on Wednesdays.