As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, 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 discover which local businesses have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Boston 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 hot, right now.
Open since 2018, this traditional American spot, which offers burgers and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp.
Citywide, traditional American spots saw a median 1.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Wahlburgers saw a 34.9 percent increase, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Wahlburgers's review count increased by more than 1,100 percent.
It's not the only trending outlier in the traditional American category: Democracy Brewing has seen a 10.6 percent increase in reviews.
Located at 9 District Ave. in downtown Boston, Wahlburgers, which has several other locations, offers the Super Summer Bacon Burger, with smoked cheddar, bacon, bacon aioli, crispy onions, lettuce and roasted corn salsa. There are also other sandwiches, salads and frappes and a selection of beer, wine and cocktails. For the kids, there are Smahlburgs, served with fries.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about North End's TreMonte Restaurant, the wine bar and Italian spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Wine Bars" on Yelp saw a median 1.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, the restaurant bagged a 13.2 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a stellar five-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 3.3 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 76 Salem St. (between Hull and Stillman streets) since 2018, TreMonte Restaurant & Bar offers lobster ravioli, pork chops, a 16-oz. stuffed veal chop and more. Try the baked haddock and shrimp, topped with lemon, olive oil and bread crumbs.
West End's Popover King is also making waves. Open since 2019 at 74 Canal St. (between Traverse and Market streets), the bakery and breakfast and brunch and coffee and tea spot has seen a 46.4 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 3.3 percent for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp. Over the past month, it's maintained a solid 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
The menu offers a selection of both sweet and savory popovers. Check out the Friar Tuck, a cheese and chives popover with crème cheese filling, smothered with pesto and bacon seasoning. If you're craving sugar, there's the Sir John, with chocolate crème filling with grenache and chocolate flakes.
North End's BenCotto is the city's buzziest Italian spot by the numbers.
The Italian spot, which opened at 361 Hanover St. (between Tileston and Clark streets) in 2017, increased its new review count by 6.5 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.7 percent for the Yelp category "Italian." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 6.5 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
It's not the only trending outlier in the Italian category: Spyce has seen a 5.8 percent increase in reviews.
The eatery offers traditional favorites, like carbonara, pasta primavera, veal marsala and chicken saltimbocca. There's also brick-oven pizza, like the Benevento, with pan-fried eggplant, caramelized onions, ricotta cheese, roasted red peppers and mozzarella cheese.
Puro Ceviche Bar
Back Bay's Puro Ceviche Bar is currently on the upswing in the seafood category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 1.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this wine bar, cocktail bar and seafood spot increased its new reviews by 7.5 percent — and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 170 percent on a month-to-month basis.
There's more abuzz in the world of Boston seafood: Eventide - Fenway has seen a 5.6 percent increase in reviews.
Open for business at 264 Newbury St. (between Gloucester and Fairfield streets) since 2017, the business offers red snapper ceviche, portobello tacos and paella, as well as a wide selection of adult beverages. Complement your meal with a Cucumber Tonic, made with cucumber vodka, tonic, lime and fresh cucumber.