Unsure where Phoenix'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 eateries have been seeing especially high review volumes this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Phoenix 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 on a hot streak, right now.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about South Mountain's Cocina Madrigal, the popular Mexican spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Mexican" on Yelp saw a median 3.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Cocina Madrigal bagged a 25.5 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining an excellent five-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.6 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 4044 S. 16th St. since June 2018, Cocina Madrigal offers queso fundido, guacamole, mesquite grilled romaine salad, chicken tortilla soup, beef birria enchiladas, achiote-braised chicken tacos and build your own burritos. (View the full menu here.)
Rott n' Grapes
Central City's Rott n' Grapes is also making waves. Open since September 2018 at 1001 N. Third Ave., Suite 1, the Italian restaurant and wine bar has seen a 14.1 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.6 percent for all businesses tagged "Italian" on Yelp.
Rott n' Grapes offers arancini, caprese salad, wild mushroom risotto, spaghetti and meatballs, bruschetta and pizza. Over the past month, it's maintained a sound 4.5-star rating among Yelpers. (View the full menu here.)
Angel's Trumpet Ale House
Camelback East's Angel's Trumpet Ale House is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.
The gastropub and New American spot, which opened at 2339 N. 44th St. on July 2018, increased its new review count by 11.6 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.4 percent for the Yelp category "American (New)."
Angel's Trumpet Ale House offers crispy fried pork riblets, crispy spam sliders, pizza flatbreads, beer-battered cod tacos, barbecue brisket-grilled cheese and more. (View the full menu here.)
Central City's well-established Centrico is currently on the upswing in the breakfast and brunch category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 2.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this Mexican spot increased its by 9.2 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars.
Open for business at 202 N. Central Ave. since December 2017, the business offers chilaquiles, breakfast burritos, a chile verde omelet and pico de gallo scrambled eggs. (View the breakfast menu here.)