Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending at this very moment?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which restaurants have been in the limelight this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Miami 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 extra hot, right now.
Open since January 2019, this Italian spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Italian" on Yelp.
Citywide, Italian spots saw a median 5.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but North Italia saw a striking 112.8 percent increase, maintaining a superior 4.5-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the Italian category: Amor di Pasta has seen a 34.1 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 900 S. Miami Ave., Suite 111 in Brickell, North Italia offers brick-oven pizza, pastas and local beers, as well as weekend brunch and desserts ranging from local gelato to the hazelnut torta. Several menu items give a nod to Miami's culture, including the "One More Mambo" cocktail (made with spiced rum, pineapple and lime). (See this spot's full offerings).
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Miami
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Brickell's Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Miami, the steakhouse and wine bar, which offers seafood and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 2.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Miami bagged an 11.1 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating.
Open at 600 Brickell Ave., Suite 150 since March 2018, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - Miami offers a lobster bisque soup, locally sourced striped bass, lamb chops with peach chutney and a summer salad (it's made with spinach, arugula, berries, sugar-glazed walnuts, basil, goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette). (See the full menu here.)
Le Chick Miami
Le Chick Miami is also making waves. Open since March 2018 at 310 N.W. 24th St., the well-established cocktail bar, music venue and New American spot has seen a 12.3 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 3.2 percent for all businesses tagged "American (New)" on Yelp.
There's more than one hotspot trending in Miami's New American category: DIRT has seen a 9.6 percent increase in reviews.
Le Chick Miami offers rotisserie chicken and burgers, which customers pair with wines from an extensive list that includes rosé and sparkling options. Over the past month, it's maintained a convincing 4.5-star rating among Yelpers. (View the menus here.)
Flagami's well-established First Watch is currently on the upswing in the breakfast and brunch category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 2.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this cafe and breakfast and brunch and traditional American spot increased its by 29 percent—and kept its rating consistent at four stars. Review counts increased by more than 180 percent on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 5799 N.W. Seventh St. since January 2019, the business offers seasonal items like the hardwood-smoked bacon with a maple syrup drizzle, toast with ricotta cheese and a variety of fruits, a smoked salmon Benedict and a Mexican corn hash with sliced avocado, cotija cheese, chipotle cream and cilantro. (Check out the menu).