Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right this minute?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which local businesses have been on the tips of diners' tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Austin 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 getting plenty of attention, right now.
Open since January, this bar and breakfast and brunch and traditional American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, bars saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Lou's Bodega saw a 30.8 percent increase, with a slight upward trend from a 3.5-star rating a month ago to four stars today.
Located at 1900 E. Cesar Chavez St. in Holly, Lou's Bodega offers rotisserie meats (chicken, roast beef, pork and porchetta) and dipping sauces. There's also sandwiches like the vegetarian-friendly muffaletta with cauliflower and sweets like frozen custards with toppings like brandied sour cherries, toasted pistachio brittle and more.
Cyclone Anaya's Tex-Mex Cantina
North Burnett's Cyclone Anaya's Tex-Mex Cantina is also making waves. Open since September 2017 at 3120 Palm Way, Suite 170, the well-established bar and Tex-Mex and Mexican spot has seen a 10 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.4 percent for all businesses tagged "Mexican" on Yelp.
Cyclone Anaya's Tex-Mex Cantina offers rotisserie chicken, grilled meat dishes, specialty tacos and Tex-Mex combos like the Del Rio Dinner. Weekend brunch includes Texas-style French toast, carne asada and eggs plus cocktails like the hibiscus sangria and palomas. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Downtown Austin's Anthem is currently on the upswing in the cocktail bar category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp saw a median 3.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this beer bar, cocktail bar and traditional American spot increased its by 12.7 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars.
Open for business at 91 Rainey St., Suite 120, since September 2018, the business offers self-described Tex-Asian fare and classic cocktails like Zombies and Mai Tais, along with beer, wine and sake.
The Peached Tortilla
This well-established Asian fusion spot, which offers tacos and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Asian Fusion" on Yelp.
Citywide, businesses tagged "Asian Fusion" saw a median 3.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but The Peached Tortilla saw a 17.2 percent increase, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating throughout. It gained 2.0 times more reviews than expected based on past performance, significantly outperforming the previous month.
Located at 3600 Presidential Blvd., E. Food Court, The Peached Tortilla's menu features Asian and Southern fusion items like the chicken pad Thai taco (it’s made with chili garlic chicken, pad thai sauce, eggs, shiitake, green onions, cilantro, bean sprouts, peanuts and lime wedge), barbecue brisket taco (stuffed with dry rubbed brisket, creamy apple slaw and smoky roasted peach barbecue sauce). Beer, wine, coffee and Southern-inspired cocktails are also on offer.
Bird Bird Biscuit
Is Rosewood's well-established Bird Bird Biscuit on your radar? According to Yelp review data, the breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and more, is seeing plenty of action.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp increased their media new review count by 2.5 percent over the past month, Bird Bird Biscuit nabbed an 11.1 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a superior 4.5-star rating.
Located at 2701 Manor Road, Bird Bird Biscuit offers the star attraction, its Queen Beak biscuit sandwich with spicy chicken thigh with cayenne black pepper honey and chipotle mayo. This spot also offers dough-doughs, which are made from biscuit dough and rolled in sugar and cinnamon.