Want the dirt on Portland's buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which local businesses have been on the tips of diners' tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Portland 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, right now.
Fried Egg I'm In Love
Since moving from a food cart to a restaurant in January of 2019, this breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 1.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Fried Egg I'm In Love saw a 38.5 percent increase, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: HunnyMilk has seen a 35.9 percent increase in reviews, and Canard and Von Ebert Brewing have seen 12.4 and 9.6 percent increases, respectively.
Located at 3549 S.E. Hawthorne in Sunnyside, Fried Egg I'm In Love offers fried egg sandwiches with punny names like the Yolko Ono, Smells Like Protein Spirit and the Sriracha Mix-a-lot. Look for coffee drinks supplied by Stumptown Coffee Roasters, too.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Pearl District's Pink Rabbit, the cocktail bar is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp saw a median 3.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Pink Rabbit bagged a 52.4 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a strong 4.5-star rating.
Open at 232 N.W. 12th Ave. since January of 2019, Pink Rabbit offers house cocktails like the Solid Gold with rum, gin and passion fruit; or the Television Version with rum, creme of coconut and blue curacao. Rounding the menu out is a selection of wine and draft beers.
Downtown Portland's King Tide is also making waves. Open since May of 2018 at 1510 S.W. Harbor Way, the traditional American spot and events space, which offers seafood and more, has seen an 18.8 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.7 percent for all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp.
King Tide offers an assortment of dishes and starters, like Pacific clam chowder, pickled deviled eggs, lobster bisque and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a sound 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Pearl District's Arden is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.
The wine bar and New American spot, which opened at 417 N.W. 10th Ave. in March of 2018, increased its new review count by 14.7 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.7 percent for the Yelp category "American (New)." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.0 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Jacqueline has seen a 5.2 percent increase in reviews.
Arden's menu features a selection of rotating seasonal items, along with a chef's prix fixe 4-course meal with wine pairings. Expect to see dishes to be included like smoked burrata, rabbit ‘carnitas' or Pacific king salmon. There's an extensive selection of wine and signature cocktails on offer, too.
Downtown Portland's Il Solito is currently on the upswing in the seafood category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 2.1 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this Italian spot, which offers seafood and more, increased its by 12.8 percent — and kept its rating consistent at four stars.
Open for business at 627 S.W. Washington St. since April of 2018, the business offers dishes like bone-in halibut, crab bruschetta and fried calamari.