Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right now?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which eateries have been seeing especially high review volumes this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Phoenix 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.
The Larder + The Delta
Open since last summer, this New American and Southern spot, which offers seafood and more, 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 the larder + the delta saw an 11.1% increase, maintaining a strong 4.5-star rating throughout.
Located at 200 W. Portland St., Suite 101, in Central City, the larder + the delta offers a mix of seafood, chicken and beef dishes, as well as vegetarian options. Try the Maryland blue crab roll with apple aioli, celery giardiniera and Old Bay chips or the Farro Verde risotto with barely roasted tomatoes, shaved Parmesan cheese and an herb salad. (You can find the menu here.)
The larder + the delta is open from 3–9 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 3–10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Paradise Valley's Tea Stop, the spot to score coffee and tea, juices and smoothies and bubble tea is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Coffee & Tea" on Yelp saw a median 2.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, Tea Stop bagged a 13.9% increase in new reviews within that time frame, with a slight downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to its current 4.5 stars.
Open at 4015 E. Bell Road, Suite 132, since January, Tea Stop features a drink menu of a variety of milk, espresso iced and fruit teas, fruit smoothies, yogurt drinks and snacks like Cajun fries, lobster balls and a pandan waffle.
Tea Stop is open from 9:30 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 9:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. (It's closed on Tuesday.)
Rott n' Grapes RoRo
Central City's Rott n' Grapes RoRo is also making waves. Open since last fall at 1001 N. Third Ave., Suite 1, the wine bar and Italian and breakfast and brunch spot has seen an 8.2% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.9% for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.
Rott n' Grapes RoRo offers an eclectic wine list, a vast selection of beers and a menu that includes pizza, paninis and meat and cheese boards. When it comes to entrees, expect steak and sweet corn risotto with corn puree, peas, Parmesan, baby tomatoes chive oil and either shrimp, chicken or steak on the menu. Over the past month, it's maintained a convincing 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Rott n' Grapes RoRo is open from 3–10 p.m. on Monday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–midnight on Friday, 10 a.m.–midnight on Saturday and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.
Angry Crab Shack
Paradise Valley's Angry Crab Shack is the city's buzziest seafood spot by the numbers.
The Cajun/Creole spot, which offers seafood and more and opened at 3227 E. Bell Road, Suite D110, last August, increased its new review count by 34% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.7% for the Yelp category "Seafood."
At the Angry Crab Shack, consider the Cajun seafood boil and crab boil, baskets of catfish, Alaskan cod or scallops and a po'boy sandwich with either soft shell crab, catfish or beer-battered cod. (Click here to see the menu.)
Angry Crab Shack is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Provision Coffee Bar
Camelback East's Provision Coffee Bar is currently on the upswing in the cocktail bar category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp saw a median 2.3% increase in new reviews over the past month, this coffee roastery and cocktail bar, which offers coffee and tea and more, increased its new reviews by 8.5% — and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars.
There's more abuzz in the world of Phoenix cocktail bars: Bobby Q - Biltmore has seen a 6.4% increase in reviews.
Open for business at 4501 N. 32nd St. since June 2018, Provision Coffee Bar serves everything from signature coffee to tea latte, signature and classic cocktails and craft beer. The food menu includes toast topped with goat cheese, Nutella and raw local honey, as well as a charcuterie board and season
Provision Coffee Bar is open from 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and Sunday and 6:30 a.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday.