Trend alert: What's heating up Philadelphia's food scene this month

Want the intel on Philadelphia's most happening local spots?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to analyze which local businesses have been most discussed this month.

To find out who made the list, we first looked at Philadelphia 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. Then we analyzed foot traffic data from SafeGraph to validate the trends.

Read on to see which spots are getting plenty of attention, right now.

Qu Japan Bistro & Bar

Photo: Qu Japan Bistro & Bar/Yelp

Open since 2019, this sushi bar and bar is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp.

Citywide, bars saw a median 1.3% increase in new reviews over the past month. Qu Japan Bistro & Bar only recently appeared on Yelp, but while many new businesses struggle to gain reviews, it has seen strong initial popularity.

It's not the only trending outlier in the bar category: Loco Pez has seen an 84.6% increase in reviews, and Tinsel has seen a 26.1% bump.

Located at 1635 Market St., Suite 103 in Logan Square, Qu Japan Bistro & Bar offers plum wine, chardonnay, merlot and pinot grigio, as well as seasonal draft beer. To eat, the spot offers sushi rolls, ramen bowls and starters like pork belly buns and Japanese-style wings. 

Qu Japan Bistro & Bar is open from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Good Harvest 大丰收

Photo: Good Harvest 大丰收/Yelp

Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Chinatown's Good Harvest 大丰收, the Chinese spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "Chinese" on Yelp saw a median 2.6% increase in new reviews over the past month, Good Harvest 大丰收 appeared on Yelp relatively recently. Many new businesses struggle to gain reviews, but it has seen a surge of interest.

There's more that's trending on Philadelphia's Chinese scene: CinCin Restaurant has seen a 2.2% increase in reviews.

Open at 937 Race St. since winter 2019, Good Harvest 大丰收 offers classic staples like egg drop soup, seafood lo mein, shrimp fried rice and General Tso's chicken. It also offers family-style meals for up to 10 people. 

Good Harvest 大丰收 is open from 4 p.m.–3 a.m. on Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.–4 a.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m.–4 a.m. on weekends.

Xfinity Live! Philadelphia

Photo: Emily H./Yelp

And finally, Stadium District's Xfinity Live! Philadelphia is also making waves. Open since 2012 at 1100 Pattison Ave., the well-established sports bar and New American spot has seen a 1.1% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.2% for all businesses tagged "American (New)" on Yelp. As for foot traffic, visits to Xfinity Live! Philadelphia increased by more than 50% over the past month, according to SafeGraph data.

What does this business focus on? "Xfinity Live! Philadelphia is a dining and entertainment district. The venue features over a dozen restaurant and entertainment choices, including six main venues: Broad Street Bullies Pub, PBR Bar & Grill, 1100 Social, Victory Beer Hall, Blue Moon Bar and the first-ever NBC Sports Arena fit with a custom 32-foot TV screen." — that's according to its page on Yelp.

There's more than one hot spot trending in Philadelphia's New American category: Luna Café has seen a 3.2% increase in reviews.

Xfinity Live! Philadelphia offers steaks, pizza pies, wings and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed three-star rating among Yelpers.

Xfinity Live! Philadelphia is open from 11 a.m.–2 a.m. daily. According to SafeGraph, it usually gets busy at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re planning your visit, you may want to try its slower periods on Thursdays.

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