Wondering where Sacramento'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 uncover which local businesses have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Sacramento 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 the end of the year.
Bacon & Butter
Open since January, this breakfast and brunch and New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 0.9% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Bacon & Butter saw a 7.3% increase, maintaining a solid four-star rating throughout.
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Beast and Bounty has seen a 3.4% increase in reviews, and Yard House and Crawdads On The River have seen 3.2 and 0.5% increases, respectively.
Located at 3839 J St. in East Sacramento, Bacon & Butter offers early morning eats such as pear and pecan French toast, smashed fries with bacon gravy and the Kitchen Sink — a breakfast staple with lardon (bacon), eggs, caramelized onions, crispy potatoes, mushrooms and spinach.
Bacon & Butter is open from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekends. (It's closed on Monday.)
Aji Dori Restaurant
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Southside Park's Aji Dori Restaurant, the well-established sushi bar and Japanese 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 1.3% increase in new reviews over the past month, Aji Dori Restaurant bagged a 10.3% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a healthy four-star rating.
Open at 1100 R St. since June, Aji Dori Restaurant offers a sushi-focused lunch and dinner, plus a happy hour menu that's good all day on Mondays.
Aji Dori Restaurant is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Richmond Grove's The Snug is also making waves. Open since December 2018 at 1800 15th St., Suite F, the bar has seen an 8.1% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.5% for all businesses tagged "Bars" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis The Snug's review count increased by more than 250%.
The Snug offers craft cocktails, wine by the glass, beer, bottle service and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy four-star rating among Yelpers.