Unsure where Seattle'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 eateries have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at Seattle 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 extra cool this winter.
Open since 2009, this popular bakery and cafe, which offers coffee, tea and more, has been getting a lot more foot traffic lately.
While Fresh Flours stayed on par with the median 1.9% increase in new reviews for coffee and tea spots on Yelp over the past month, maintaining a superior four-star rating, the number of visitors to Fresh Flours more than tripled over the same time frame, according to SafeGraph's foot traffic data.
It's not the only trending outlier in the coffee and tea category: The Admiral Bird has seen a 2.1% increase in reviews, and Celine Patisserie and The Crumpet Shop have seen 1.9 and 0.3% increases, respectively.
Located at 432 Eighth Ave. North (between Republican and Harrison streets) in the Cascade, Fresh Flours offers pastries like croissants, scones, cookies, quiches, paninis, coffee and more on the menu.
Fresh Flours is open from 7 a.m.–6 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.–2 p.m. on weekends. According to SafeGraph, it's usually busiest at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., and people visit Fresh Flours most on Wednesdays and Fridays, so go on Sundays if you want to avoid the rush.
Eden Hill Provisions
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Queen Anne's Eden Hill Provisions, the bar and traditional American spot 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, Eden Hill Provisions bagged a 52.2% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a solid four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 3.0 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 1935 Queen Anne Ave. North (between Crockett and Howe streets) since September, Eden Hill Provisions offers kettle corn Brussels sprouts, cauliflower chilaquiles, sea scallop and crab lasagna, bacon and brisket burgers and more.
Half and Half Doughnut Co.
Capitol Hill's Half and Half Doughnut Co. is also making waves. Open since October at 516 E. PIke St. (between Summit and Belmont avenues), the breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee, tea and doughnuts, has seen a 33.3% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1% for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
Half and Half Doughnut Co. offers a variety of doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, espresso drinks and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a strong four-star rating among Yelpers.
Half and Half Doughnut Co. is open from 6 a.m.–2 p.m. daily.
Central District's Canon is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.
The well-established cocktail bar and New American spot, which opened at 928 12th Ave. (between Columbia and Marion streets) in 2011, increased its new review count by 0.6% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 0.9% for the Yelp category "American (New)." As for foot traffic, Canon saw visits more than double over the past month, according to SafeGraph data.
Canon offers dishes like seared scallops, broccoli tartare, meat and cheese boards, braised short rib, carrot cheesecake and more.
Canon is open from 5 p.m.–2 a.m. daily. According to SafeGraph, it usually gets busy on Fridays and Thursdays, and it attracts a quarter of its total visitors over those two days, with a slowdown on Sundays.
Emerald City Fish & Chips
Rainier Valley's popular Emerald City Fish & Chips is currently on the upswing in the seafood category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 0.8% increase in new reviews over the past month, this spot to score fish and chips, seafood and sandwiches increased its new reviews by 0.5% — and kept its rating consistent at four stars. The business saw visits double over the same time frame, according to SafeGraph's foot traffic data.
In terms of specialities, "Southern Style Seafood" — that's according to its Yelp page.
There's more abuzz in the world of Seattle seafood: Tankard & Tun has seen a 2.4% increase in reviews.
Open for business at 3756 Rainier Ave. South (between Charlestown Street and South 33rd Avenue) since 2010, Emerald City Fish & Chips offers catfish, shrimp po' boys, salmon burgers, oysters, gumbo and more on the menu.
Emerald City Fish & Chips is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. According to SafeGraph, foot traffic is heaviest at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., and on Wednesdays and Fridays, with a slowdown on Tuesdays.