Want the inside word on Austin's buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which eateries have been on the tips of diners' tongues 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.
Open since March, this cocktail bar and lounge is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, cocktail bars saw a median 4.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but P6 saw a 50 percent increase, with a slight upward trend from a three-star rating a month ago to 3.5 stars today.
It's not the only trending outlier in the cocktail bar category: Sway has seen a 24.4 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. in downtown Austin, P6 offers small bites such as lamb tartare, cheese and charcuterie platters and Spanish octopus. On the cocktail menu, you'll find libations like Glyda Rose, which is made with gin, blood orange, Campari and procecco.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about North University's Ceviche7, the popular food truck and Peruvian spot, which offers sandwiches and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Sandwiches" on Yelp saw a median 2.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Ceviche7 bagged a 4.8 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining an excellent five-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 11.0 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 502 W. 30th St. since 2015, Ceviche7 offers fresh ceviche plus Peruvian sandwiches like pan con chicharrón (a pork and sweet potato sandwich) and pulled chicken plus other staples like lomo soltado (beef story fry) and arroz chaufa (Peruvian fried rice).
Veracruz All Natural
North Burnett's Veracruz All Natural is also making waves. Open since April at 9003 Waterford Centre Blvd., Suite 180, the well-established breakfast and brunch spot, which offers juice and smoothies and tacos, has seen an 8.8 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.4 percent for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Veracruz All Natural's review count increased by more than 150 percent.
Veracruz All Natural offers tacos filled with grilled tilapia, breaded chicken breast, beef and stewed veggies. Favorite menu items include the spicy El Sancho chorizo taco and the hearty migas for breakfast, as well as beverages like Mexican Coke and Topo Chico. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy four-star rating among Yelpers.