Curious where Chicago'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 deduce which eateries have been seeing especially high review volumes this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Chicago 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 on a hot streak this autumn.
Open since July, this Korean and food spot, which offers barbecue and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Barbeque" on Yelp.
Citywide, barbecue spots saw a median 1.7% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Perilla saw a substantial 257.1% increase, with a slight downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today.
Located at 401 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Fulton River District, the eatery offers dumplings, noodles and braised beef.
Perilla is open from 5–10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.–midnight on Friday, 4 p.m.–midnight on Saturday and 4–10 p.m. on Sunday.
Foundation Tavern & Grille
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Portage Park's Foundation Tavern & Grille, the cocktail bar and breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 1.6% increase in new reviews over the past month, Foundation Tavern & Grille bagged a staggering 155.6% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining two times more reviews than expected, based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on Chicago's breakfast and brunch scene: Taste Of New York Bagels & Deli has seen a 48% increase in reviews.
Open at 5007 W. Irving Park Road (between Lavergne and Lawler avenues) since July, Foundation Tavern & Grille offers flatbreads, sandwiches and salads.
The restaurant is open from 3 p.m.–2 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.–3 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.–midnight on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)
Bucktown's Amaru is also making waves. Open since July at 1904 W. N Ave., the cocktail bar and Latin American and Caribbean spot has seen a noteworthy 188.9% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.4% for all businesses tagged "Cocktail Bars" on Yelp.
Amaru offers gnocchi, salads and cocktails. Over the past month, it's maintained a stellar five-star rating among Yelpers.
The business is open from 5 p.m.–midnight Tuesday-Thursday; 5 p.m.–2 a.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.–2 a.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)
Silver Plate Asian Cuisine
Lakeview's Silver Plate Asian Cuisine is the city's buzziest sushi bar by the numbers.
The sushi bar and Chinese and Thai spot, which opened at 3336A N. Western Ave. (between Roscoe and School streets) in June 2019, increased its new review count by 100% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.4% for the Yelp category "Sushi Bars." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.8 times more reviews than expected, based on past performance.
It's not the only trending outlier in the sushi bar category: Sora Temakeria has seen a 40% increase in reviews.
The eatery offers egg rolls, fried shrimp and potstickers.
Silver Plate Asian Cuisine is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon–10 p.m. on Sunday.
Anto Pizza & Pasta Chicago
Rogers Park's Anto Pizza & Pasta Chicago is currently on the upswing in the Italian category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "Italian" on Yelp saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, this Italian spot increased its new reviews by 31.7% — and kept its rating consistent at five stars. Review counts increased by more than 320% on a month-to-month basis.
Open for business at 1547 W. Jarvis (between Ashland Avenue) since September, Anto Pizza & Pasta Chicago offers fried calamari, spaghetti and tortellini.
The business is open from noon–9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and noon–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.