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 uncover which eateries have been in the spotlight 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.
Jaunt Coffee Roasters
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Miramar's Jaunt Coffee Roasters, the coffee roastery and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers empanadas and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 1.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Jaunt Coffee Roasters bagged a 20 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining an impressive five-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.0 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 8680 Miralani Drive, Suite 134 (between Camino Ruiz and Cabot Drive) since July of last year, Jaunt Coffee Roasters offers açai bowls, breakfast burritos, empanadas and smoothies.
Mission Valley West's North Italia is the city's buzziest Italian spot by the numbers.
The Italian spot, which offers pizza and more and opened at 7055 Friars Road in Fashion Valley Mall in November of last year, increased its new review count by 18.4 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.6 percent for the Yelp category "Italian."
North Italia offers prosciutto bruschetta, white truffle garlic bread, arancini, a daily chef's choice pizza, roasted mushroom tortelloni and house specialty bolognese. View the full menu here.
Thotsakan Thai and Vegetarian Cuisine
Core-Columbia's Thotsakan Thai & Vegetarian Cuisine is currently on the upswing in the vegan category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Vegan" on Yelp saw a median 1.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this Thai vegetarian and vegan spot increased its by 11.6 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 250 percent on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 1153 Sixth Ave. since 2017, the business offers an all-vegan menu that features summer rolls, Thai spring rolls, soy chicken satay, fried tofu, potstickers and more. View the vegan menu here.
Coffee 'n' Talk
Is Core-Columbia's Coffee 'n' Talk on your radar? According to Yelp review data, the coffee roastery and cafe, which offers coffee, tea and more, is seeing plenty of action.
While businesses categorized as "Cafes" on Yelp increased their media new review count by 1.5 percent over the past month, Coffee 'n' Talk nabbed a 14.3 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, with a modest downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to its current 4.5 stars.
Located at 1143 Sixth Ave. (between C and B streets) since November of last year, Coffee 'n' Talk offers hot and cold drinks, milkshakes and ice cream. Look for the honey cinnamon latte, the iced Nutella latte and the triple Oreo milkshake.