Unsure where San Antonio'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 to analyze which eateries have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we 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 increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are riding a trend, right now.
Open since October, this Vietnamese and Cajun/Creole spot, which offers seafood and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp.
Citywide, seafood spots saw new reviews increase by a median of 4 percent over the past month, but LA Crawfish saw a 61.5 percent increase, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating throughout.
Located at 1518 Austin Highway, Suite 18, in Wilshire, LA Crawfish offers boiled crawfish, garlic butter and Cajun-style crawdads, as well as shrimp, crabs, seafood po'boys, oysters and a vast drink menu that includes daiquiris.
Hungry Chameleon Pizzeria
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Terrell Heights's Hungry Chameleon Pizzeria, the Italian spot, which offers pizza and salads, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Pizza" on Yelp increased their review count by a median of 4.1 percent over the past month, Hungry Chameleon Pizzeria bagged a 26.3 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a sound 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 3.3 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on San Antonio's pizza scene: SoHill Cafe has seen a 31.5 percent increase in reviews.
Open at 1053 Austin Highway since 2017, Hungry Chameleon Pizzeria offers specialty pizzas, soup, calzones and dessert. Try the Hungry Hawaiian Pizza with organic Canadian bacon, fresh pineapple and red onions; the Texas Smoked BBQ Chicken Pizza with barbecue sauce, Colby and Monterey Jack cheese, smoked chicken, red onions, sliced pickles and jalapeños; and the Famous Al Pastor Pizza with chipotle/tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, al pastor meat, pineapple, diced onions, cilantro, Mexican sour cream and avocado jalapeño sauce. (Click here to view the full menu.)
Willie's Grill & Icehouse
Willie's Grill & Icehouse is also making waves. Open since 2017 at 24200 W. IH-10, Suite 118, the traditional American spot has seen a 10.9 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 3.6 percent for all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis review counts increased by more than 550 percent.
Willie's Grill & Icehouse offers tacos, burgers, crawfish, seafood, sandwiches, po'boys, chicken and steak. (Click here to view the menu.)
Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Forest Crest's Lupe Tortilla is the city's buzziest Mexican spot by the numbers.
The Tex-Mex and Mexican spot, which offers seafood and more and located at 5838 Worth Parkway, increased its review count by 8.6 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median review increase of 2.6 percent for the Yelp category "Mexican." 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 Mexican category: Chas Market & Kitchen has seen a 6.7 percent increase in reviews.
Lupe Tortilla has a menu that includes Tex-Mex dishes, seafood, fajitas, carne asada, grilled specialties (chipotle smoked ribs, cilantro jalapeño chicken, etc.) and vegetarian dishes.
Downtown San Antonio's Rebelle is currently on the upswing in the New American category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp increased review counts by a median of 2.7 percent over the past month, this steakhouse and New American spot, which offers seafood and more, increased its by 6.2 percent—and kept its rating consistent at four stars. Review counts increased by more than 240 percent on a month-to-month basis.
There's more abuzz in the world of San Antonio New American: Maverick has seen a 9 percent increase in reviews.
Open for business at 300 E. Travis St. in The St. Anthony Hotel since 2015, the business offers a blend of cold (mahi-mahi ceviche), prime (seared sea scallops) and hot (lump crab croquette) seafood, oysters and pork and steak on the menu, which can be viewed by clicking here.