Wondering where Dallas'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 local businesses have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Dallas 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 riding a trend this spring.
Open since 2018, this sushi bar, which offers poke, salads and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Sushi Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, sushi bars saw a median 3.1 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Pokeworks saw a 37 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Pokeworks's review count increased by more than 250 percent.
Located at 8041 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 812, in Lake Highlands, Pokeworks offers built-your-own poke bowls, burritos and salads with your choice of protein, greens, toppings, sauces and garnishes. There's also signature bowls like shiso Atlantic salmon and sweet chili tofu.
Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine Dallas
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Near East's Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine Dallas, the popular bar and Brazilian spot, which offers pizza and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Pizza" on Yelp saw a median 3.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine Dallas bagged a 29.1 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a strong four-star rating.
Open at 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 100, since 2018, Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine Dallas offers handcrafted pies like sauteed shrimp and fontina or the four-cheese pizza with truffle. There's also dessert pizzas like Italian Nutella.
The Mockingbird Diner
Love Field Area's The Mockingbird Diner is also making waves. Open since December 2017 at 3130 W. Mockingbird Lane, the well-established diner and traditional American spot has seen a 10.5 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.9 percent for all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis The Mockingbird Diner's review count increased by more than 220 percent.
There's more than one hotspot trending in Dallas's traditional American category: Full Circle Tavern has seen a 5 percent increase in reviews.
The Mockingbird Diner offers morning meals like buttermilk waffles, omelettes, tacos and pastries. For lunch, look for chicken fried steak sandwiches, soup and vegetable plates. On the drink list, sip beer, wine and non-alcohol beverages. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.
New York Eats
Far North's New York Eats is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.
The Mediterranean, halal and New American spot, which opened at 13531 Montfort Drive, Suite 109, in spring 2018, increased its new review count by 13.7 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 3.6 percent for the Yelp category "American (New)." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.6 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
This spot models its menu after New York-style halal street food and offers chicken and falafel gyros and wraps, along with beef burgers and fries.