Want the inside word on Phoenix's buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which eateries have been in the limelight this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Phoenix 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 increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are worth exploring this winter.
El Charro Hipster Bar & Cafe
Open since November, this beer bar, breakfast and brunch spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Coffee & Tea" on Yelp.
Citywide, coffee and tea spots saw review counts increase by a median of 2.6 percent over the past month, but El Charro Hipster Bar & Cafe saw a 26.3 percent increase, maintaining an excellent five-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis review counts increased by more than 140 percent.
It's not the only trending outlier in the coffee and tea category: Teaspressa Arcadia has seen a 9.7 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 1325 Grand Ave., Suite 4, in Central City, El Charro Hipster Bar & Cafe offers its ground in-house coffee, craft drinks and multicultural cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
The menu features a variety of iced and hot coffees, like the Mama Rose coffee, made with rose-infused water. For a snack, this joint serves up Spanish tortillas (Spanish omelettes made with eggs and potatoes), molletes (open-faced Mexican-style sandwiches), bruschetta and salad. Check out the full menu here.
The Larder + The Delta
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Central City's The Larder + The Delta, the New American and Southern spot, which offers seafood and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp increased their review count by a median of 1.8 percent over the past month, The Larder + The Delta bagged a 25 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a sound 4.5-star rating. It also outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.7 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 200 W. Portland St., Suite 101, since July, The Larder + The Delta offers veggie-focused Southern fare made with local produce.
Take a seat in this rustic-styled establishment and dine on dishes like the Hoppin John, made with Sea Island red peas, Carolina gold rice and herb salad, or the vegetable beignet, with black garlic mustard, vegetable ash and green goddess dressing. A selection of fish and other meats also make an appearance on this spot's menu.
Paradise Valley's Tocaya Organica is also making waves. Open since November at 7012 E. Greenway Parkway, Suite 100, the Mexican spot has seen a 100 percent bump in reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 3.4 percent for all businesses tagged "Mexican" on Yelp.
But there's more than one hotspot trending in Phoenix's Mexican category: City Tacos has seen a 48.6 percent increase in reviews, and Cocina Madrigal and Rito's Mexican Food have seen 48.3 and 35.3 percent increases, respectively.
Tocaya Organica offers modern organic Mexican cuisine in retro-styled quarters. This spot, the 10th location of the popular chain, makes salads, tacos, bowls and burritos, made with locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients, in a service-line fashion. Vegan and vegetarian options, along with a seasonal cauliflower keto bowl, are also available. (View the full menu here).
Over the past month, it's maintained a convincing 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Farm & Craft
Alhambra's Farm & Craft is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.
The cocktail bar and New American and breakfast and brunch spot, which opened at 5538 N. Seventh St., Suite 100, last April, increased its review count by 23.2 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median review increase of 2.2 percent for the Yelp category "American (New)."
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Roland's Cafe Market Bar has seen a 11.7 percent increase in reviews.
Farm & Craft is another spot that offers health-focused, sustainable food in a casual environment. The breakfast menu features items like the crustless quiche, which combines cage-free eggs, cheddar, all-natural chicken sausage, braised kale and chili flakes and is served with a small salad.
For lunch and dinner, guests can indulge in an array of sandwiches, flatbreads and bowls, including plenty of gluten-free options. Take a look at the full menu.
Paradise Valley's Giordano's is currently on the upswing in the Italian category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Italian" on Yelp increased review counts by a median of 2.5 percent over the past month, this Italian spot, which offers pizza and salads, increased its by 19.1 percent — with its Yelp rating declining slightly from 3.5 stars to three stars. Review counts increased by more than 130 percent on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 12811 N. Tatum Blvd. since August, the chain offers Chicago-style deep-dish, thin crust and stuffed pizzas, alongside salads, sandwiches and classic Italian fare, like chicken Parmesan and fettuccine Alfredo. The joint also provides a carry-out counter for those who are on the go. (Take a look).
Open since 2017, this Mexican breakfast and brunch spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, businesses tagged "Bars" saw review counts increase by a median of 2.3 percent over the past month, but Céntrico saw a 9.7 percent increase, maintaining a sound 4.5-star rating throughout. It gained 1.7 times more reviews than expected based on past performance, significantly outperforming the previous month.
There's more than one place trending in Phoenix's bar category: Taco Chelo has seen a 6.8 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 202 N. Central Ave. in Central City, and situated within the San Carlos Hotel, Céntrico offers traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern flare.
Its full bar specializes in tequila and mezcal, while its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus feature items like El Mexican (scrambled eggs, chorizo, potatoes, beans, pico de gallo, avocado and flour tortillas) and the Costilla de Res (braised beef ribs with ancho chile demi-glace, creamed mashed potatoes and fried onions).
Or, stop by at the end of the week for Céntrico Fridays, a night filled with happy hour specials and Latin dance tunes.