As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right now?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which eateries have been on the tips of diners' tongues 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 sizzling hot, right now.
Open since August, this breakfast and brunch spot, which offers tacos and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 3.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Torchy's Tacos saw a 92.5 percent increase, maintaining a solid four-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Torchy's Taco's review count increased by more than 1,850 percent.
Located at 17627 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 105, in Forest Crest, Torchy's Tacos started in 2006 as a food truck in Austin and now has over 50 locations. The menu offers breakfast tacos such as the Dirty Sanchez with eggs, fried poblano chiles, guacamole, escabeche carrots and cheese with poblano sauce on a flour tortilla, as well as 16 signature traditional tacos, plus non-taco options like salads, burritos and sweet desserts. For drinks, there are margaritas, cocktails and a local rotating selection of beer and wine. (Click here to view the menu.)
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Diana's Burgers, the burger spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Burgers" on Yelp saw a median 4.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Diana's Burgers bagged a 68.8 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating.
Open at 2202 N. Zarzamora St. since January, Diana's Burgers offers burgers with an overdose of cheddar cheese that is usually spilling off the bun, grilled chicken sandwiches, sliders, wings, fries, onion rings and more.
Revolucion Coffee + Juice
Downtown San Antonio's Revolucion Coffee + Juice is also making waves. Open since last May at 300 E. Houston St., Suite 105, the spot to score coffee and tea and juice and smoothies has seen a 30.6 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 6.2 percent for all businesses tagged "Coffee & Tea" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Revolucion Coffee + Juice's review count increased by more than 140 percent.
At Revolucion Coffee + Juice, you'll find plant-based coffee and espresso drinks, juices, smoothies, pitaya and matcha bowls, plus tacos, tamales, salads and sandwiches. (Click here for the full menu.)
Over the past month, it's maintained a superior 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Shearer Hills - Ridgeview's Kona Grill is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.
The sushi bar and New American spot, which opened at 7400 San Pedro Ave., Suite 1255, in 2017, increased its new review count by 6.3 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.9 percent for the Yelp category "American (New)." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 5.0 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Maverick Texas Brasserie has seen an 8.9 percent increase in reviews.
Kona Grill serves oven-fired flatbreads, sandwiches, entrees (seafood, ribs, stir fry and chicken dishes), global bowls (jambalaya and poke), salads and sushi and sashimi rolls. (Click here to view the menu.)