Curious where San Jose'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 deduce which restaurants have been getting extra attention this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at San Jose 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 spring.
Bonchon - Santa Teresa
Open since November 2018, this Korean and Asian fusion spot, which offers chicken wings and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Asian Fusion" on Yelp.
Citywide, Asian fusion spots saw new reviews increase by a median of 1.9 percent over the past month, but Bonchon - Santa Teresa saw a 48.1 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 3.5 stars today. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis review counts increased by more than 260 percent.
Located at 7026 Santa Teresa Blvd., Suite 30 in the Santa Teresa, Bonchon - Santa Teresa offers fare, like Korean fried chicken, japchae, bulgogi tacos and more.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Almaden Valley's Mimosas, the New American breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp increased their review count by a median of 1.5 percent over the past month, Mimosas bagged a 50 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating.
Open at 6944 Almaden Expressway since December 2018, Mimosas offers dishes like, pancakes and waffles, chorizo and eggs, burgers, and of course — mimosas.
Ozumo Santana Row
Winchester North's Ozumo Santana Row is also making waves. Open since May 2018 at 355 Santana Row, Suite 1010, the well-established izakaya, sushi joint and bar has seen an 8.7 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.2 percent for all businesses tagged "Sushi Bars" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis review counts increased by more than 420 percent.
Ozumo Santana Row offers an assortment of small plates, ramen and udon, sushi and sashimi and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Northside's Jackie's Place is the city's buzziest barbecue spot by the numbers.
The well-established soul food spot, which offers barbecue and more and opened at 655 N. Sixth St. in November 2018, increased its review count by 34.6 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median review increase of 4.6 percent for the Yelp category "Barbeque."
Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median *1.2 percent increase in new reviews over the past month*, while Meet the Moon saw a 3.1 percent increase. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Meet the Moon’s review count increased by more than 370 percent
Jackie's Place offers barbecue staples like, ribs and brisket and oxtail and rice, and sides like mac 'n' cheese and more.