Unsure where the insiders of Dallas are 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 uncover which restaurants have been on the tips of diners' tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Dallas 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 outposts are extra hot this autumn.
First established in 2011, this popular New American joint, which serves hot dogs, burgers and more, is trending in comparison to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American eateries saw a median 1.9% increase in new reviews over the past month, but BurgerFi saw an 11.6% increase, maintaining a solid four-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, BurgerFi's review count increased by more than 850%.
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Kona Grill has seen a 1.6% increase in reviews.
Located at 5456 E. Mockingbird Lane in Lower Greenville, BurgerFi features a menu brimming with classic American cuisine, including a variety of hamburger options, onion rings, shakes and frozen custard.
BurgerFi is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.
Sushi de Handroll
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Lake Highlands' Sushi de Handroll, the sushi bar and Japanese bistro is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 1.6% increase in new reviews over the past month, Sushi de Handroll bagged a 10.8% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a healthy 4.5-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.4 times more reviews than expected, based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on Dallas' bar scene: Doc B's Restaurant + Bar has seen a 7.1% increase in reviews.
Open at 8041 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 820, Sushi de Handroll specializes in unique sushi items and other Japanese-inspired fare on its menu, such as a cheeseburger handroll, Japanese fried chicken, tofu tempura and edamame.
Sushi de Handroll is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday.
Mimi's Star Café
North Dallas' Mimi's Star Café is also making waves. Open at 19177 Preston Road, the breakfast and brunch diner has seen an 18% 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.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Dallas' breakfast and brunch category: Jakes Burgers and Beer has seen a 1.3% increase in reviews.
Mimi's Star Café offers an array of classic breakfast plates, ranging from pancakes, omelettes and corned beef hash to lemon blueberry French toast, breakfast burritos and avocado toast with smoked salmon. Over the past month, it's maintained a superior 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Mimi's Star Café is open from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. daily.
Finally, Love Field Area's Maple Landing is the city's buzziest traditional American outlet by the numbers.
The well-established sports bar and traditional American gastropub, which opened at 5855 Maple Ave., Suite 190 in early 2019, increased its new review count by 7.9% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.8% for the Yelp category "American (Traditional)."
It's not the only trending outlier in the traditional American category: Whistle Britches has seen a 3.8% increase in reviews, and Picasso's and Mudhen Meat and Greens have seen 1 and 6.2% increases, respectively.
Maple Landing is known for serving barbecue, hamburgers and brunch fare, in addition to a selection of local beers and bourbon.
Maple Landing is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday.