Curious where Sacramento'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 deduce which restaurants have been on the tips of diners' tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Sacramento 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 increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are on a hot streak this summer.
Station 8 Burgers
This spot to score burgers and sandwiches is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Sandwiches" on Yelp.
Citywide, sandwich spots saw a median 3.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Station 8 Burgers saw a 78.6 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 3.5 stars today. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Station 8 Burgers's review count increased by more than 280 percent.
Located at 629 J St., Suite 107, in downtown Sacramento, Station 8 Burgers offers such items as The Bank, which has sour cream and chive mayo, and the Impossible Burger, which has a plant-based patty. Looking for unusual sides? Try the lobster fries for a change. (Check here for the full menu).
Doña Mari Cocinita
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about North City Farms's Doña Mari Cocinita, the street vendor and Mexican spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Mexican" on Yelp saw a median 3.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Dona Mari Cocinita bagged a 33.3 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating.
Open at 4601 Franklin Blvd. since February 2019, Doña Mari Cocinita offers authentic Mexican cuisine. Serving dishes such as tacos, quesadillas and pambazos, the spot has been warmly received by patrons.
Camden Spit & Larder
Downtown Sacramento's Camden Spit & Larder is also making waves. Open since late fall of 2018 at 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 100, the brasserie and British and New American spot has seen a 9.5 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. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Camden Spit & Larder's review count increased by more than 200 percent.
Camden Spit & Larder offers Chef Ridgeway's London inspired cuisine. Try the salt cod fritters or CS&L Wagyu burger from the menu. Over the past month, it's maintained a solid 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.