Trend alert: What's heating up San Jose's food scene this month

Trend alert: What's heating up San Jose's food scene this month

Super Duper Burgers. | Photo: Catherine T./Yelp

By Hoodline - Published on May 08, 2019.

Wondering where San Jose'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 uncover which eateries have been in the limelight this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at San Jose 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 have the momentum heading into summer.

The Nest Asian Bistro


Open since February, this Asian fusion spot, which offers chicken wings, sandwiches and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Asian Fusion" on Yelp.

Citywide, Asian fusion spots saw a median 3.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but The Nest Asian Bistro saw an 83.3 percent increase, maintaining a healthy 4.5-star rating throughout.

It's not the only trending outlier in the Asian fusion category: SimpleViet has seen a 52.6 percent increase in reviews, and Ginza Sushi has seen a 9.9 percent bump.

Located at 312 S. Third St. in downtown San Jose, The Nest Asian Bistro offers chicken wings, banh mi bowls, rice bowls, pho, egg rolls and more. Try the eight-piece sweet and tangy soy wings or the Vietnamese grilled pork banh mi sandwich, made with garlic aioli, cucumber, carrots cilantro, scallion peanut oil and pickled daikon. 

Aqui Cal-Mex


Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Fairgrounds's Aqui Cal-Mex, the Mexican, New American and vegetarian spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "Mexican" on Yelp saw a median 2.1 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Aqui Cal-Mex bagged a 42.9 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a strong four-star rating.

There's more that's trending on San Jose's Mexican scene: Chavelas Restaurant has seen a 6 percent increase in reviews.

Open at 503 W. Capitol Expy since February, Aqui Cal-Mex offers quesadillas, tacos, burritos, salads, bowls and more. Expect options like the barbecue chicken burrito, which is served on organic spinach in a tomato tortilla and the Cuban pork enchiladas with roasted pork, plantains and Monterey Jack rolled in corn tortillas and served with achiote sauce, slaw, black beans, cotija cheese and sour cream.

Super Duper Burgers


West San Jose's Super Duper Burgers is also making waves. Open since 2018, at 5399 Prospect Road, the traditional American spot, which offers burgers and more, has seen a 15.7 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.4 percent for all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp.

Super Duper Burgers offers burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian options and shakes. Indulge in a super burger made of two four-ounce patties with super sauce and add on toppings like lettuce, tomato, jalapeños, roasted portobello and bacon. Don't forget to add on a side of garlic fries and a chocolate organic shake. Over the past month, it's maintained a superior four-star rating among Yelpers.


Photo: CHERYLYNN N./Yelp

West San Jose's well-established Slapfish is currently on the upswing in the seafood category on Yelp.

While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 2.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this spot to score seafood, fish and chips and sandwiches increased its by 27.2 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 3.5 stars.

There's more abuzz in the world of San Jose seafood: SJ Crawfish has seen a 7.3 percent increase in reviews, and Claw Shack has seen a 16.3 percent bump.

Open for business at 5297 Prospect Road, since January, the business offers seafood, featuring dishes such as a grilled fish bowl, a citrus shrimp salad, a lobster roll and fish and chips.

7 Leaves Cafe


Open since January, this popular coffee and tea spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Coffee & Tea" on Yelp.

Citywide, businesses tagged "Coffee & Tea" saw a median 3.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but 7 Leaves Cafe saw a 24.5 percent increase, maintaining a strong four-star rating throughout.

Located at 1743 Berryessa Road in North Valley, 7 Leaves Cafe offers milk tea, coffee and macaroons. Try the “Summer Mint”, a green tea with passion fruit, mint and orange. Or enjoy a Mung Bean Milk Tea — Jasmine tea with mung bean and Pandan leaves.

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