Want the intel on Washington's most talked-about local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which eateries have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Washington 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 are riding a trend this winter.
First, whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Navy Yard's Roy Boys, the traditional American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp saw a median 1.1% increase in new reviews over the past month, Roy Boys bagged a 24.6% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a solid four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.8 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on Washington's traditional American scene: CIRCA in Navy Yard has seen a 10.3% increase in reviews, and Little Pearl and Rare steakhouse have seen 6% and 4.1% increases, respectively.
Open at 1025 First St. SE since August 2019, Roy Boys features fried chicken, fried oysters and homemade ice cream tacos. It also serves craft cocktails and a variety of beer and wine.
Roy Boys is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.
Shilling Canning Company
And Shilling Canning Company in Navy Yard is also making waves. Open since July 2019 at 360 Water St. SE, the restaurant has seen a 22.4% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.2% for all businesses tagged "American (New)" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Shilling Canning Company's review count increased by more than 160%.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Washington's New American category: City Winery has seen a 7.3% increase in reviews, and BlackSalt and Eat BRGZ have seen 0.5% and 9.1% increases, respectively.
Among the featured menu items at Shilling Canning Company are braised rabbit and buttermilk dumplings, chicken-fried Beaver Creek quail, truffle grits and raw oysters, lobster salad and scallop crudo. Over the past month, it's maintained a convincing 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Shilling Canning Company is open from 5–10 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 5–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)
And finally, Seven Reasons is currently on the upswing in the cocktail bar category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp saw a median 1.8% increase in new reviews over the past month, this cocktail bar and Latin American spot increased its new reviews by 16.3% — and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 170% on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 2208 14th St. NW since April 2019, Seven Reasons' cocktail menu features a tequila cocktail with papaya, lemon and habanero; a bourbon drink with thyme, apricot and creole bitters; and a gin drink with hot cider and honey. To eat, try the chorizo and lobster rice, garbanzo and black bean pizzella with guava jelly or the cauliflower tartare.
Seven Reasons is open from 5:30 p.m.–midnight on Tuesday- Thursday, 5:30 p.m.- 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5-midnight on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)