Want the intel on San Diego's most happening local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which local businesses have been on the tips of diners' tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at San Diego 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 worth exploring, right now.
Open since April 2018, this Italian spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Italian" on Yelp.
Citywide, Italian spots saw a median 1.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Cesarina saw a 97.7 percent increase, maintaining an excellent five-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the Italian category: North Italia has seen a 18.4 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 4161 Voltaire St., Suite B, in Point Loma Heights, Cesarina offers antipasti, salads, entrees and pasta made fresh daily by hand. Customers can choose the pasta noodle, sauce and topping for a customized pasta experience. It also has a vegan menu. View the full menu here.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about University City's Javier's, the bar and Mexican spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 1.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Javier's bagged a 43.1 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, with a slight downward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to its current 3.5 stars.
Open at 4301 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 1000, since January, Javier's bar food menu offers ceviche, guacamole, tacos, quesadillas, taquitos and queso fundido. The bar drinks menu features martinis, margaritas and single malt scotch whiskey. View the menu here.
Little Italy's Farmer's Table is also making waves. Open since January at 550 W. Date St., Suite A, the cocktail bar and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers pizza and more, has seen a 50.4 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.6 percent for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
There's more than one hotspot trending in San Diego's breakfast and brunch category: Jaunt Coffee Roasters has seen a 20 percent increase in reviews.
Farmer's Table offers housemade granola, chile relleno omelet, zucchini blossom frittata, huevos rancheros, house-made meatball hash, strawberry banana Nutella waffle and buttermilk pancakes. View the full brunch menu here. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy four-star rating among Yelpers.
Little Italy's Parakeet Cafe is the city's buzziest cafe by the numbers.
The cafe and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee, tea and more and opened at 1680 India St. in December, increased its new review count by 30.7 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.5 percent for the Yelp category "Cafes."
Parakeet Cafe offers specialty coffees and tea, overnight oats, matcha waffles and chilaquiles, avocado toast, salmon toast, raw kale salad and quinoa mezze bowl. View the full menu here.
North Park's Shrimp Heads is currently on the upswing in the seafood category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 1.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this Cajun/Creole spot, which offers seafood and more, increased its by 32 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars.
Open for business at 2832 El Cajon Blvd. since January, the business offers build-your-own seafood boils with a range of seafood like crawfish, clams, black mussels, snow crab legs and shrimp. View the full menu here.