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 getting a significant uptick in attention this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Miami 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 cool, right now.
Tigertail + Mary
Open since June, this cocktail bar, cafe and New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.8 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Tigertail + Mary saw a 78.8 percent increase, maintaining a sound 4.5-star rating throughout.
Located at 3321 Mary St., Tigertail + Mary offers vegetable-centric dishes like baby heirloom beets, stuffed fried olives and roasted carrots with curried cashew crème, cashew dukkah and fresno chile.
The Dirty Rabbit Wynwood
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about The Dirty Rabbit Wynwood, the bar and dance club is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 3.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, The Dirty Rabbit Wynwood bagged an 11.5 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.0 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 151 N.W. 24th St. since April 2018, The Dirty Rabbit Wynwood offers ten signature cocktails—like "Life is a Trip" made with Zacapa rum, pineapple and condensed milk—as well as Manhattans, sidecars and other classics. Many drinks come with accents like a sprig of lavender or a vintage postcard.
Ironside Kitchen is also making waves. Open since July, at 7580 N.E. Fourth Court, the popular Italian and coffee spot, which offers pizza and more, has seen a 2.9 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 4 percent for all businesses tagged "Pizza" on Yelp.
Ironside Kitchen offers charcuterie, salads, homemade pastas and Neopolitan pizzas. Popular items include the artichoke salad, Diavola pizza (with salami, "pepperoncino" oil, tomato and mozzarella) and the tiramisu dessert. Over the past month, it's maintained a strong four-star rating among Yelpers.