Want the dirt on Dallas's most talked-about local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which restaurants have been getting outsized notice this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Dallas 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 hot, right now.
Sushi De Handroll
Open since February, this sushi bar and Japanese spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Sushi Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, sushi bars saw a median 3.4 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Sushi de Handroll saw an impressive 116.7 percent increase, maintaining a superior 4.5-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the sushi bar category: Pokeworks has seen a 39.6 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 8041 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 820, in Lake Highlands, Sushi de Handroll offers a variety sushi, omakase and tempura rolls. Check out the website for a full line of offerings and more information.
Doc B's Restaurant + Bar
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Oak Lawn's Doc B's Restaurant + Bar, the bar and traditional American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp saw a median 2.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Doc B's Restaurant + Bar bagged an 11.7 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a superior 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.2 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 2021 McKinney Ave. since May 2018, Doc B's Restaurant + Bar offers a variety of brunch, lunch and dinner fare. Start off with an order grilled shrimp, chicken wings or meatballs before opting for a sandwich, burger or wok bowl for your main course. Salads and special entrees — like Mama B's Chicken Parm with sauteed broccoli — are also available.
Happy hour goes down from 4-7 p.m., and weekend brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday. Here's the main menu.
Northeast Dallas's Ruins is also making waves. Open since May 2018 at 2653 Commerce St., the bar and Mexican spot has seen a 13 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.4 percent for all businesses tagged "Bars" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Ruins's review count increased by more than 220 percent.
There's more than one hotspot trending in Dallas's bar category: Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine Dallas has seen a 26.9 percent increase in reviews.
Ruins offers offers breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, including specific menu options such as Tripita Fritos: crispy beef intestines served with house mole sauce and the Colitas De Pavo, which are deep fried turkey tails marinated in adobe lime sauce. Soups, salads and sides round out this spot's menu. Thirsty? Grab a signature cocktail or bottle or beer to pair with your fare.
Over the past month, it's maintained a solid 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Arts District's Musume is the city's buzziest cocktail bar by the numbers.
The well-established sushi bar, cocktail bar and Asian fusion spot, which opened at 2330 Flora St. in Jaunary 2018, increased its new review count by 12.8 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 3.5 percent for the Yelp category "Cocktail Bars." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 3.7 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
Musume offers a variety of signature specialty sushi rolls, as well as entrees such as the Forbidden Halibut with rice, Asian greens, turmeric and nori salt, and the Thai Basil Fried Rice with your choice of protein and mixed veggies.
Old Hag's Pizza & Pasta
Oak Cliff's popular Old Hag's Pizza & Pasta is currently on the upswing in the pizza category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Pizza" on Yelp saw a median 3.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this pizza spot increased its by 10.6 percent—with its Yelp rating improving from three stars to 3.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 600 percent on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 1315 W. Davis St. since March 2013, the business offers appetizers and Italian comfort foods. Start off with some chicken wings, garlic bread or potato wedges. More than a dozen signature pizzas line the menu, including David's favorite with Canadian bacon, Genoa salami, Italian sausage, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.
Want to make your own pizza with a random assortment of toppings? Old Hag's has a make-your-own pie option. Salads, calzones, pasta and other side dishes are also available. Check out the full menu here.