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 analyze which eateries have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at San Antonio 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.
Snooze, an A.m. Eatery
Open since March of 2017, this popular breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee and tea, sandwiches and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 2.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Snooze, an A.M. Eatery saw a 26.2% increase, maintaining a strong four-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: La Panaderia has seen a 3% increase in reviews, and Chicago Bagel & Deli and Panchos and Gringos have seen 2 and 0.9% increases, respectively.
Look for breakfast tacos, shrimp and grits, pancake options, French toast and more on the menu at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, which is located at 11255 Huebner Road, Suite 100.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery is open from 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. daily.
Taqueria Aguas Calientes
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Hills and Dales's Taqueria Aguas Calientes, the popular Mexican, Tex-Mex and breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Tex-Mex" on Yelp saw a median 2% increase in new reviews over the past month, Taqueria Aguas Calientes bagged a 2.2% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a superior four-star rating. According to SafeGraph foot traffic data, visits to Taqueria Aguas Calientes increased by 26% in the past month.
Open at 15409 White Fawn Drive since 2010, Taqueria Aguas Calientes serves an assortment of tacos, burritos and more than two dozen Mexican-style plates, which come with rice and beans, including the steak ranchero plate and the green enchilada plate. Also, customers can stop in for breakfast and order a breakfast taco or egg plates.
Taqueria Aguas Calientes is open from 6 a.m.–3 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and 7 a.m.–2 p.m. on Sunday. According to SafeGraph, it usually gets busy on Sundays and Fridays, and it attracts a quarter of its total visitors over those two days, with a slowdown on Tuesdays.
Viola's Ventanas is also making waves. Open since May of 2013 at 9660 Westover Hills, the popular Mexican and Tex-Mex spot has seen a 3% increase in new reviews over the last month — matching that of all businesses tagged "Mexican" on Yelp — but it's seen a 46% increase in visits over the same time frame, according to SafeGraph's foot traffic data.
Viola's Ventanas offers entrees such as the El Mofofo Grill with beef and pork, Spanish rice, beans, pico de gallo and diced avocado salad, the Camarones Tropicales with jumpo shrimp stuffed with serrano cream cheese and wrapped in bacon and the pollo en salsa with two chicken breasts served with a choice of salsas and queso Chihuahua. (Click here to view the menu.) Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed three-star rating among Yelpers.
Viola's Ventanas is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday. According to SafeGraph, foot traffic is heaviest at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays and Fridays. If you’re planning your visit, you may want to try its slower periods on Tuesdays.
Quarry Hofbrau & Beer Garden
Quarry Hofbrau & Beer Garden is the city's buzziest traditional American spot by the numbers.
The well-established beer garden and German and traditional American spot, which opened at 7310 Jones Maltsberger Road in May 2010, increased its new review count by 5.2% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.8% for the Yelp category "American (Traditional)."
At Quarry Hofbrau & Beer Garden, expect to find German-inspired fare like the Whiskey steak cooked in a spicy and sweet whiskey glaze, a bratwurst plate with grilled brats, bacon cabbage saute and skillet potatoes sauerkraut and the Jager schnitzel, which is a pork cutlet with mushroom-onion demi glaze bacon and cabbage saute and skillet potatoes.
Quarry Hofbrau & Beer Garden is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monda-Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.