Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right now?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which restaurants have been seeing especially high review volumes this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Long Beach businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on the number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are worth exploring, right now.
Lou & Mike’s
Open since February, Lou & Mike's, a breakfast, brunch and lunch spot offering burgers, sandwiches and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 1.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Lou & Mike's saw a 28.6 percent increase, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating throughout.
Located at 3500 Los Coyotes Diagonal in Long Beach, Lou & Mike’s features breakfast staples like omelets, oatmeal, pancakes and French toast. The lunch menu includes sandwiches, burgers, salads and soups.
Find the full menu here.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about downtown Long Beach's The Carvery, the New American steakhouse is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 1.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, The Carvery bagged a 62.5 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a superior four-star rating.
There's more that's trending on Long Beach's New American scene: Q Smokehouse has seen a 14 percent increase in reviews.
Open at 201 Pine Ave. since February, The Carvery is nestled in a restored art deco building in downtown Long Beach. The spot offers sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, seafood, chicken and steak. Menu standouts include the prime rib sandwich and the crispy fried chicken. There are also craft cocktails with names like "And Don’t Call Me Mule” from a menu that rotates throughout the year.
The entire menu can be found here.
Downtown Long Beach's The Harbor is also making waves. Open since last summer at 130 Pine Ave., the traditional American spot and cocktail bar has seen a 5.7 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.6 percent for all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, The Harbor's review count increased by more than 250 percent.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Long Beach's traditional American category: Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grille has seen a 4.7 percent increase in reviews, and Plunge has seen a 4.6 percent bump.
The Harbor offers seafood, steak, pork, burgers, sandwiches and salads. For weekend brunch, look for buttermilk pancakes, maple banana French toast and 10 specialty cocktails. Stop in for Taco Tuesday to choose from an exclusive taco and margarita menu.
Over the past month, The Harbor has maintained a solid 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Long Beach's Bite Mi is the city's buzziest coffee and tea spot by the numbers.
The Vietnamese and Asian fusion spot, which offers coffee, tea and more and opened at 4150 McGowen St. in February, increased its new review count by 39 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 3.7 percent for the Yelp category "Coffee & Tea."
Serving Vietnamese-inspired fare as well as specialty coffee and tea, Bite Mi has a menu that includes chicken wings, egg rolls and five varieties of banh mi sandwiches. Drink options include Vietnamese iced coffee and teas with mix-ins like boba and aloe vera.
Explore the entire menu here.