Wondering where Austin'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 deduce which restaurants have been most discussed 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 worth exploring, right now.
Beach Hut Deli
Open since 1981, this well-established beer bar and deli, which offers sandwiches and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Sandwiches" on Yelp.
Citywide, sandwich spots saw a median 3.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Beach Hut Deli saw a 33.3 percent increase, maintaining a healthy 4.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Beach Hut Deli's review count increased by more than 200 percent.
Located at 14900 Avery Ranch Blvd., Suite B 700, Beach Hut Deli offers everything from cold-cut sandwiches to salads to nachos.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
Dawson's Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden is also making waves. Open since 2018 at 121 Pickle Road, the music venue and beer garden, which offers coffee and tea and more, has seen a 6.6 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.9 percent for all businesses tagged "Coffee & Tea" on Yelp.
There's more than one hotspot trending in Austin's coffee and tea category: Hank's has seen a 5.5 percent increase in reviews.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden offers a variety of coffee and frozen cocktails. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
Franklin Park's Hideaway Kitchen & Bar is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.
The lounge and breakfast and brunch and New American spot, which opened at 4323 S. Interstate 35 in 2018, increased its new review count by 8.3 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.5 percent for the Yelp category "American (New)."
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Arlo Grey has seen a 6.8 percent increase in reviews.
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar offers everything from breakfast to small plates and beyond.
Open since 2018, this well-established Mexican spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Mexican" on Yelp.
Citywide, businesses tagged "Mexican" saw a median 2.2 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Suerte saw an 8.6 percent increase, maintaining a solid four-star rating throughout.
Located at 1800 E. Sixth St. in East Cesar Chavez, Suerte offers Meixcan breakfast, dinner and dessert.