Want the scoop on San Antonio's buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze 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 extra cool this spring.
Open since January, this Tex-Mex spot, which offers burgers, sandwiches and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Sandwiches" on Yelp.
Citywide, sandwich spots saw a median 3.4 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Ruben's Backyard saw a massive 137.5 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 3.5 stars today.
Located at 13838 Jones Maltsberger Road, Ruben's Backyard offers tacos, enchiladas and more.
Lucy Cooper's Ice House
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Lucy Cooper's Ice House, the bar and traditional American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 2.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Lucy Cooper's Ice House bagged a 39.4 percent increase in new reviews within that time frame, with a slight downward trend from a 3.5-star rating a month ago to its current three stars.
Open at 16080 San Pedro Ave. since 2018, Lucy Cooper's Ice House offers burgers, prime rib sandwiches, hot dogs and more.
Zero Degrees is also making waves. Open since 2013 at 18010 Bulverde Road, the spot to score coffee and tea and juice and smoothies has seen a significant 138.5 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 4.5 percent for all businesses tagged "Coffee & Tea" on Yelp.
Zero Degrees' signature drink is the Mangonada, a mango slush served with real fruit chunks. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.
The Lost Cajun
The Lost Cajun is the city's buzziest seafood spot by the numbers.
The Cajun/Creole and Southern spot, which offers seafood and more and opened at 226 W. Bitters Road, Suite #120, increased its new review count by 34.9 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 4.2 percent for the Yelp category "Seafood." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.9 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
It's not the only trending outlier in the seafood category: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has seen a 22 percent increase in reviews.
The Lost Cajun offers jambalaya, gumbo and more on its menu.
Beacon Hill's SoHill Cafe is currently on the upswing in the pizza category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Pizza" on Yelp saw a median 3.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this cafe, which offers pizza, salads and more, increased its by 25.9 percent—with its Yelp rating improving from 4.5 stars to five stars.
Open for business at 1719 Blanco Road since 2018, the business specializes in custom pizzas, pasta and salads.