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 restaurants have been seeing especially high review volumes this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Miami 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 sizzling hot, right now.
Open since April, this cocktail and coffee bar is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, cocktail bars saw a median 3.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but The Sylvester saw a substantial 154.5 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today.
It's not the only trending outlier in the cocktail bar category: The Wharf Miami has seen a 4.9 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 3456 N. Miami Ave., the tropical-themed Sylvester offers unique twists on cocktail favorites such as gimlets, mules and Negronis. There's a pink vodka soda called Flamingo Hotel, a new take on Irish coffee called the Monkey Jungle and a carrot cake colada.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Brickell's Brickell Kitchen, the popular breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and desserts, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Sandwiches" on Yelp saw a median 2.1 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Brickell Kitchen bagged a 14.8 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a convincing four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.4 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on Miami's sandwich scene: La Carreta has seen a 2.8 percent increase in reviews.
Open at 1250 S. Miami Ave., Suite 6 since September 2018, Brickell Kitchen offers classic American sandwiches like the chicken club as well as beef or veggie burgers on a challah roll and the Latin-inspired Toston burger.
Ella's Oyster Bar
Little Havana's Ella's Oyster Bar is also making waves. Open since 2018 at 1615 S.W. Eighth St., the wine bar, cocktail bar and seafood spot has seen a 4.2 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.8 percent for all businesses tagged "Seafood" on Yelp.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Miami's seafood category: Café Roval has seen a 3.8 percent increase in reviews.
Ella's Oyster Bar offers oysters, tuna taquitos, crab croquettes, ceviche and an oyster po' boy (it comes on Cuban bread with spicy mayo and other toppings). Over the past month, it's maintained a superior 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.