Want the intel on Phoenix's most happening local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which eateries have been on the tips of diners' tongues 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 getting plenty of attention this autumn.
The Buffalo Spot
Open since July, this New American spot, which offers chicken wings and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, but The Buffalo Spot saw a substantial 200% increase, with a slight downward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 3.5 stars today.
Located at 1831 E. Camelback Road in Camelback East, The Buffalo Spot offers its "famous" Buffalo fries, wings and chicken tenders that can be topped with a variety of sauces, including chipotle, garlic Parmesan, Jamaican jerk and different levels of spiciness. You'll also find salad, wraps and a milkshake. (Click here to view the menu.)
The Buffalo Spot is open from 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Camelback East's Hash Kitchen, the breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp saw a median 2% increase in new reviews over the past month, Hash Kitchen bagged a 38.6% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a convincing four-star rating.
Open at 4315 E. Indian School Road since June, Hash Kitchen touts itself as having "Arizona's largest bloody Mary bar." In addition, expect a menu of French toast, pancakes, frittatas, eggs and sandwiches and burgers. Try the banana split brioche French toast with caramelized bananas, sweet mascarpone, seasonal berries and warm salted caramel drizzle, and the carne asada torta with chipotle mayo, avocado, green onions, tomato, queso fresco, chimichurri sauce and crispy onions on a ciabatta roll.
Hash Kitchen is open from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekends.
Sauce Pizza & Wine
Alhambra's Sauce Pizza & Wine is also making waves. Open since spring of 2015 at 25 E. Camelback Road, the well-established Italian spot, which offers pizza and more, has seen a 10.4% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.5% for all businesses tagged "Italian" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Sauce Pizza & Wine's review count increased by more than 470%.
With locations in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, Sauce Pizza & Wine features a menu including salad, paninis, pasta, soup and signature pizzas. On the menu, look for the Pig pizza with smoked bacon, Italian sausage, pepperoni and smoked ham and sopressata, and the rosemary potato pie, a white pizza with spinach, feta, olive tapenade and truffle oil. Over the past month, it's maintained a sound four-star rating among Yelpers.
Sauce Pizza & Wine is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.