Unsure where Austin's in-the-know crowd is 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 getting a significant increase in attention this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Austin 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.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Open since December, this bar and traditional American and Tex-Mex spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, bars saw a median 2.4 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Kerbey Lane Cafe saw a 38.6 percent increase, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the bar category: Lou's Bodega has seen a 37.8 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 2200 Aldrich St., Suite 100, in RMMA, Kerbey Lane Cafe, open 24 hours a day, offers a breakfast menu of eggs options, pancakes, breakfast tacos and more. For lunch and dinner, there are sandwiches, burgers, Tex-Mex dishes, and specialty entrees for lunch and dinner. (Click here to see the full menu.)
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about downtown Austin's Torchy's Tacos, the breakfast and brunch spot, which offers tacos and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 2.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Torchy's Tacos bagged a 30.6 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a strong 4.5-star rating.
Open at 110 San Antonio St., Unit 120, since December, Torchy's Tacos features breakfast tacos like one stuffed with chorizo, egg and cheese, and fusion fare such as the Brushfire with Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled jalapeños and mango. Other noteworthy taco options include the Mr. Orange with blackened salmon, grilled corn, black bean relish and cotija cheese; and the Trailer Park with fried chicken, green chiles, pico de gallo and grated cheddar and jack cheeses with poblano sauce.
Wild Magnolias is also making waves. Open since November at 15424 FM 1825, Suite 240, the soul food, traditional American and Cajun/Creole spot has seen a 31.2 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.8 percent for all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp.
There's more than one hotspot trending in Austin's traditional American category: Dave & Buster's has seen a 4.1 percent increase in reviews.
Wild Magnolias serves classic New Orleans fare, such as jambalaya, fried fish, crawfish boils, seasoned shrimp and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a convincing 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Greater Goods Coffee Roasters
Holly's Greater Goods Coffee Roasters is the city's buzziest coffee and tea spot by the numbers.
The coffee roastery and cafe, which offers coffee and tea and more and opened at 2501 E. Fifth St. last March, increased its new review count by 11.8 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.2 percent for the Yelp category "Coffee & Tea." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.0 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
Greater Goods Coffee Roasters offers coffees blended from Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Yemen, Mexico, Peru and more.
Tsukimi is currently on the upswing in the sushi bar category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Sushi Bars" on Yelp saw a median 2.2 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this sushi bar and Japanese spot increased its by 17 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars.
Open for business at 12400 N. Interstate 35 Exit 245, Suite A-111, since last March, the business offers tempuras, soups and salads, maki, sushi and sashimi, chicken, salmon and beef entrees, as well as rice bowls and noodles.