Mochi pancakes and more: What's trending on Las Vegas' food scene?

Curious where Las Vegas's insiders are 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 getting outsized attention this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Las Vegas 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 extra cool this summer.

The Sandy Crab

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Open since February, this spot to score seafood, fish and chips and more is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp.

Citywide, seafood spots saw a median 1.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but The Sandy Crab saw a 19.4 percent increase, maintaining a sound 4.5-star rating throughout.

It's not the only trending outlier in the seafood category: Bajamar Seafood & Tacos has seen an 8.8 percent increase in reviews.

Located at 6475 W. Charleston Blvd. in Buffalo, The Sandy Crab menu includes crab legs, mini crab cakes with coleslaw, buffalo shrimp and calamari. 

Eureka! Discover American Craft

Photo: RYO HANALEI Z./Yelp

Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about downtown Las Vegas's Eureka! Discover American Craft, the popular cocktail bar and traditional American and breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp saw a median 2.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Eureka! Discover American Craft bagged a 7 percent increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a strong 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.3 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.

Open at 520 E. Fremont St. since February, Eureka! Discover American Craft offers such specialties as the bone marrow burger, 8 oz. skirt steak and chicken tacos.

Kapuna Cafe

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North Cheyenne's Kapuna Cafe is also making waves. After undergoing minor renovations and updates in March at 3231 N. Decatur Blvd., Suite 122, the Hawaiian, breakfast and brunch and Asian fusion spot has seen a 9 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, Kapuna Cafe's review count increased by more than 160 percent.

Kapuna Cafe specialties include mochi pancakes with coconut syrup, garlic shrimp with rice and kalua guava barbecue sliders. Over the past month, it's maintained a strong 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.


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