Wondering where Boston's in-the-know crowd is 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 discover which eateries have been on the tips of diners' tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Boston 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 extra cool, right now.
Tremonte Restaurant & Bar
Open since July 2018, this wine bar and Italian spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Wine Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, wine bars saw a median 1.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but TreMonte Restaurant & Bar saw a 16.9 percent increase, maintaining an impressive five-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis TreMonte Restaurant & Bar's review count increased by more than 140 percent.
It's not the only trending outlier in the wine bar category: Saltie Girl has seen a 3.6 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 76 Salem St. (between Hull and Stillman streets) in North End, TreMonte Restaurant & Bar offers salads, pastas and other entrees, like Pork Rosemarino, with tenderloin medallions coated in Dijon and rosemary-infused breadcrumb, sautéed and topped with herb and roasted pepper sauce.
Downtown Boston's Dig Inn is also making waves. Open since the spring of 2017 at 277 Washington St. (between Water Street and Spring Lane), the New American spot has seen a 10 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.3 percent for all businesses tagged "American (New)" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Dig Inn's review count increased by more than 280 percent.
Dig Inn offers healthy bowls and beverages, all with locally sourced ingredients. The business buys from minority-run and small-scale farms. Over the past month, it's maintained a strong four-star rating among Yelpers.
North End's BenCotto is currently on the upswing in the Italian category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Italian" on Yelp saw a median two percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this Italian spot increased its by 5.5 percent—and kept its rating consistent at four stars. Review counts increased by more than 250 percent on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 361 Hanover St. (between Tileston and Clark streets) since June 2017, the business offers appetizers, like eggplant rollatini and bruschetta, brick oven pizza and larger entrees. Try the Misto di Pesce, with calamari, shrimp, scallops, littlenecks and mussels, sautéed in olive oil with sweet cherry tomatoes.