Want the intel on Portland's most talked-about local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which eateries have been getting a significant increase in attention this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Portland businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on the 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 getting plenty of attention, right now.
Tasty n Daughters
Open since February 2019, this New American and breakfast and brunch spot and cocktail bar is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.6% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Tasty n Daughters saw a 26.4% increase, maintaining a convincing four-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Tasty n Daughters' review count increased by more than 130%.
Located at 4537 S.E. Division St. in Richmond, Tasty n Daughters offers brunch dishes, cocktails and more, like bacon-wrapped dates, steak tartare and a bourbon milk punch crafted with bourbon, vanilla pecan orgeat, cold press cask coffee and cream.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Pearl District's The Star, a bar and Italian spot, serving pizza and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 4.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, The Star bagged a staggering 123.3% increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a superior four-star rating.
There's more that's trending on Portland's bar scene: Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake has seen a 74.1% increase in reviews.
Open at 1309 N.W. Hoyt St. since 2019, The Star offers deep dish and thin crust pizza, cocktails, salads and more. Try the California thin crust topped with pesto, arugula, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes and balsamic reduction.
Pok Pok Wing
Multnomah's Pok Pok Wing is also making waves. Open since December 2018 at 8250 S.W. Barbur Blvd., the Thai spot, which offers Vietnamese chicken wings and more, has seen a 21.3% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.5% for all businesses tagged "Thai" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Pok Pok Wing's review count increased by more than 200%.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Portland's Thai category: Eem has seen a 23% increase in reviews.
Pok Pok Wing offers shrimp chips, steamed buns, wings and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers. Indulge in the Mantou Muu Waan, which is sweet pork with fried shallots and cilantro in a steamed bun.
Fried Egg I'm In Love
Sunnyside's Fried Egg I'm In Love is currently on the upswing in the sandwich category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Sandwiches" on Yelp saw a median 2.1% increase in new reviews over the past month, this breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and more, increased its new reviews by 16.2%—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars.
Open for business at 3549 S.E. Hawthorne since January 2019, the business serves up breakfast sandwiches with musical names like the Yolko Ono or the Egg Zeppelin, all of which can also be prepared vegetarian-style or gluten-free.