As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, 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 deduce which local businesses have been getting outsized notice 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 sizzling hot this spring.
Open since February, this cocktail bar, New American and soul food spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 2.1 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Old Soul saw a notable 163.6 percent increase, with a slight upward trend from a 4.5-star rating a month ago to five stars today.
Located at 495 S. Grand Central Parkway, Bldg A., Suite 116, in downtown Las Vegas, Old Soul marries East Coast tastes with a Southern-style cuisine, according to Las Vegas Weekly. Look for dishes like fried green tomatoes or Peruvian barbecue game hen.
STRAT Café & Wok
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Meadows Village's STRAT Café & Wok, the diner and traditional American and Asian spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp saw a median 2.2 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, STRAT Café & Wok bagged a 47.8 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating.
There's more that's trending on Las Vegas's traditional American scene: BurgerIM has seen a 13.7 percent increase in reviews.
Open at 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South since October 2018, STRAT Café & Wok offers traditional American fare like burgers, pancakes and beer-battered onion rings. Craving Asian cuisine? Look for Hong Kong-style egg noodles or Mongolian beef.
Rooster Boy Cafe
Desert Shores's Rooster Boy Cafe is also making waves. Open since summer 2018 at 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 113, the cafe and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee and tea and more, has seen an 11.5 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2 percent for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Rooster Boy Cafe's review count increased by more than 130 percent.
There's more than one hotspot trending in Las Vegas's breakfast and brunch category: 7th & Carson has seen a 7 percent increase in reviews.
Rooster Boy Cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu featuring buttermilk pancakes, poached eggs and granola breakfast bowls. There's also plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. Over the past month, it's maintained a sound 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.