Wondering where Boston's in-the-know crowd is eating and drinking? It's easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which eateries have been getting a significant increase in attention 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 have the momentum heading into back-to-school season.
Time Out Market - Boston
Open since 2019, this food & drink market, which houses several restaurants and bars, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.
Citywide, cocktail bars saw a median 2.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Time Out Market - Boston saw a significant 145.7 percent increase, maintaining a mixed three-star rating throughout.
Located at 401 Park Drive (between Medfield Street) in Kenmore, Time Out Market - Boston offers a selection of 16 restaurants from seafood to vegetarian to doughnuts.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about South Boston's Yankee Lobster, the popular seafood spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 1.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Yankee Lobster bagged a 2 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a superior four-star rating.
There's more that's trending on Boston's seafood scene: Vinoteca di Monica has seen a 2.9% increase in reviews.
Open at 300 Northern Ave. (between C Street and Trilling Road) since 2006, Yankee Lobster offers stuffed clams, crab cakes, blackened salmon, lobster rolls, two pound lobsters and more.
Brighton's CitySide is also making waves. Open since 2005 at 1960 Beacon St., the popular bar, which offers burgers, sandwiches and more, has seen a 5.3 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2 percent for all businesses tagged "Sandwiches" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis CitySide's review count increased by more than 570 percent.
CitySide offers jumbo chicken wings, a mac and cheese wrap, steak tips, Texas chili and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed three-star rating among Yelpers.
Kings Dining & Entertainment - Boston Seaport
South Boston's Kings Dining & Entertainment - Boston Seaport is the city's buzziest traditional American spot by the numbers.
The sports bar and traditional American and bowling spot, which opened at 60 Seaport Blvd. (between Northern Avenue) on 2017, increased its new review count by 6.7 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.8 percent for the Yelp category "American (Traditional)." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 3.3 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
Kings Dining & Entertainment - Boston Seaport offers fried mozzarella, Philly tuna bites, Buffalo chicken fondue, pizza, burgers and more.
Monument Restaurant & Tavern
The popular Monument Restaurant & Tavern is currently on the upswing in the breakfast and brunch category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 2.4 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this bar and traditional American and breakfast and brunch spot increased its new reviews by 6.7 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 4.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 200 percent on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 251 Main St. (between Lawnwood Place and Dunstable Street) since 2017, the business offers bacon Benedict, French toast, huevos rancheros and more.