Want the scoop on Las Vegas's buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which eateries have been getting outsized attention this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Las Vegas 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, right now.
The Sandy Crab
Open since February, this spot to score seafood and fish and chips is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp.
Citywide, seafood spots saw a median 2.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but The Sandy Crab saw a noteworthy 157.1 percent increase, maintaining a healthy 4.5-star rating throughout.
Located at 6475 W. Charleston Blvd. in Buffalo, The Sandy Crab offers crab cakes, a shrimp po'boy, peel and eat shrimp, fish, crab and shrimp tacos and crab nachos. (Check out the entire menu by clicking here.)
Frijoles & Frescas
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Centennial Hills's Frijoles & Frescas, the Mexican spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Mexican" on Yelp saw a median 2.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Frijoles & Frescas bagged a 19.7 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, with a slight downward trend from a 4.5-star rating a month ago to its current four stars. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.6 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on Las Vegas's Mexican scene: La Cabaña has seen a 10.4 percent increase in reviews.
Open at 7280 W. Azure Drive, Suite 150, since last July, Frijoles & Frescas offers traditional Mexican cuisine. On the menu, expect tacos, burritos, quesadillas, Mexican street corn, salsa, guacamole and the Big Churro for dessert.
Pacific Island Taste
Huntridge's Pacific Island Taste is also making waves. Open since April 2018 at 1428 E. Charleston Blvd., the Hawaiian and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and more, has seen a 13.6 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.4 percent for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Pacific Island Taste's review count increased by more than 160 percent.
There's more than one hotspot trending in Las Vegas's breakfast and brunch category: Rooster Boy Cafe has seen an 8.8 percent increase in reviews, and Vesta Coffee Roasters has seen a 7.1 percent bump.
Pacific Island Taste offers a wide selection of Hawaiian cuisine. There are musubi, fried rice, saimin and bento dishes, as well as poke bowls, barbecue sticks, sandwiches and more on the Pacific-inspired menu. Over the past month, it's maintained a solid 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
The Lakes's Outback Steakhouse is the city's buzziest steakhouse by the numbers.
The steakhouse at 8671 W. Sahara Ave. increased its new review count by 4.9 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.1 percent for the Yelp category "Steakhouses."
Outback Steakhouse offers steaks (filet and center-cut sirloin), ribs, chicken, seafood and fish, steak and fish tacos, burgers and savory appetizers, including its famous Bloomin' Onion. (View the chain restaurant's menu here.)
Turmeric Flavors of India
Downtown Las Vegas's Turmeric Flavors of India is currently on the upswing in the bar category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 2 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this bar and Indian spot increased its by 6.1 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 500 percent on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 700 E. Fremont St. since the fall of 2016, expect to find house specialties (chicken tikka pie and chole bhatura), tandoori, curry pots, dum biryani, naan and fare that represents many different regions of India. There are also vegan options on the menu, which you can view by clicking here.