Want the dirt on San Diego's most talked-about local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which eateries have been getting a noteworthy increase in attention 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 riding a trend, right now.
The Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Core-Columbia's The Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House, the bar, brewpub and traditional American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 1.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, The Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House bagged a 97.1 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a solid four-star rating.
Open at 602 Broadway since January 2019, The Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House offers owl-inspired handcrafted cocktails with names like Hedwig, Owl Take It Dirty, Shake Your Tail Feather and Owl By Myself. View the drinks menu here.
Mission Hills's Fort Oak is also making waves. Open since January 2019 at 1011 Fort Stockton Drive, the New American spot has seen a 64.9 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.5 percent for all businesses tagged "American (New)" on Yelp.
Fort Oak offers a raw bar with oysters, clams and crab claws; share plates like burrata, chicken fried quail and hearth roasted carrots; and entrees such as Pacific cod, hearth grilled branzino and Duroc pork chop. Over the past month, it's maintained a superior four-star rating among Yelpers. View the full menu here.
Wayfarer Bread & Pastry
La Jolla's Wayfarer Bread & Pastry is the city's buzziest bakery by the numbers.
The bakery, which offers coffee and tea and more and opened at 5525 La Jolla Blvd. on May 2018, increased its new review count by 11.3 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.8 percent for the Yelp category "Bakeries." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 6.0 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
Wayfarer Bread & Pastry offers a rotating weekly menu of artisanal bread and pastries, which include croissants, cookies, scones and buns. View the weekly menu here.
Mira Mesa's Isshido Ramen is currently on the upswing in the ramen category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Ramen" on Yelp saw a median 3.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this spot to score ramen and tapas increased its by an imposing 148.8 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 3.5 stars.
Open for business at 8250 A Mira Mesa Blvd. since February 2019, the business offers a selection of ramen options including signature paitan, chicken paitan, chashu ramen and vegan spicy tan-tan ramen. View the full menu here.
Chicken Charlie's Table
Open since November 2018, this traditional American spot specializing in chicken is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp.
Citywide, businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" saw a median 1.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Chicken Charlie's Table saw a 33.7 percent increase, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating throughout. It gained 0.9 times more reviews than expected based on past performance, significantly outperforming the previous month.
Located at 12457 Rancho Bernardo Road in Rancho Bernardo, Chicken Charlie's Table offers hot wings, fried mushrooms, chicken tenders, frog legs, shrimp po' boys, pork tenderloin sandwiches and more. View the full menu here.