Curious where Sacramento'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 and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to analyze which restaurants have been seeing especially high review volumes 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.
Open since July, this 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 Solomon's Delicatessen saw a 14.4% increase, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Solomon's Delicatessen's review count increased by more than 120%.
Located at 730 K St. in downtown Sacramento, Solomon's Delicatessen offers breakfast items like bagels and French toast, as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and house-made cheesecake.
Solomon's Delicatessen is open from 7 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekends.
THAI - The House Of Authentic Ingredients
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about East Sacramento's THAI - The House Of Authentic Ingredients, the popular bar and Thai spot, which offers noodles and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 1.2% increase in new reviews over the past month, THAI - The House Of Authentic Ingredients bagged a 12.4% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a solid four-star rating.
Open at 4701 H St. since 2018, THAI - The House Of Authentic Ingredients offers pan-fried dumplings, spring rolls, pad Thai, stir-fry, Thai iced tea and more.
THAI - The House Of Authentic Ingredients is open from 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Land Park's Tower Cafe is also making waves. Open for more than a decade at 1518 Broadway, the popular breakfast and brunch and New American spot has seen a 0.6% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.1% for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp. According to SafeGraph foot traffic data, visits to Tower Cafe increased by more than 50% over the past month.
What's the business known for? "We are an international restaurant. Serving plates from around the world." — that's courtesy of its page on Yelp.
Tower Cafe offers breakfast dishes like French toast, Thai steak and eggs, breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy four-star rating among Yelpers.
Tower Cafe is open from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 8 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. According to SafeGraph, it usually gets busy at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and on Fridays and Sundays, with a slowdown on Tuesdays.