Want the scoop on Los Angeles's buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which local businesses have been getting a notable increase in attention this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Los Angeles 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 worth exploring, right now.
Open since May 2019, this bar, arcade and New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, bars saw a median 1.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Barcade saw a 46.9 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 3.5 stars today.
Located at 5684 York Blvd. in Highland Park, Barcade offers [insert cuisine/menu examples].
Marina del Rey's Sampa's Pizza is also making waves. Open since April 2019 at 534 Washington Blvd., the pizza spot has seen a 40.6 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.9 percent for all businesses tagged "Pizza" on Yelp.
Sampa's Pizza offers specialty combinations such as the Calabresa, with hot Portuguese sausage, onions, mozzarella and kalamata olives, or the Melanzana Parmigiana, with mozzarella, roasted eggplant and parmesan, as well as classics like pepperoni or Hawaiian. Check out the menu here. Over the past month, it's maintained a sound 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Open since February 2019, this New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, businesses tagged "American (New)" saw a median two percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Bru's Wiffle saw a 30.2 percent increase, maintaining a solid four-star rating throughout. It gained 2.4 times more reviews than expected based on past performance, significantly outperforming the previous month.
Located at 3105 Washington Blvd. in Venice, Bru's Wiffle offers chicken and waffles, kale cobb salad, a burger with guacamole and smoked applewood bacon and avocado toast with melted swiss cheese, jalapeño and a fried egg. View the menu here.