Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right this minute?
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 San Jose 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 riding a trend, right now.
Open since November 2019, this sports bar and Asian fusion spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Japanese" on Yelp.
Citywide, Japanese spots saw a median 1% increase in new reviews over the past month, but TD’s Kitchen saw a 42.9% increase, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating throughout.
Located at 1492 Almaden Road, Suite A in Fairgrounds, TD’s Kitchen offers an assortment of bowls, noodles and salads, as well as musubi and desserts like its matcha cheesecake.
TD’s Kitchen is open from 4 p.m.–9 p.m. on weekdays and noon–9 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)
TAOB Pit Stop
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Parkview/Vista Park's TAOB Pit Stop, the well-established Latin American and traditional American spot, which offers barbecue and more, is trending based on local foot traffic data.
While TAOB Pit Stop stayed on par with the median 1% increase in new reviews businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp over the past month, maintaining a sound four-star rating, the number of visitors to TAOB Pit Stop more than tripled over the same time frame, according to SafeGraph's foot traffic data.
Open at 484 Blossom Hill Road since 2017, TAOB Pit Stop offers a slew of signature sandwiches, including pulled pork, tri tip, portabello and pork belly. A lineup of sides, like baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw, are also available.
TAOB Pit Stop is open from 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. on Thursday-Sunday. (It's closed on Monday-Wednesday.) If you’re planning your visit, you may want to try its slower periods on Thursdays.
Canoas East's Hub's Coffee is also making waves. Open since 2016 at 630 Blossom Hill Road, Suite 50, the breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee and tea and sandwiches, has seen a 4.3% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.1% for all businesses tagged "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp. According to SafeGraph foot traffic data, visits to Hub's Coffee increased by more than 50% over the past month.
There's more than one hot spot trending in San Jose's breakfast and brunch category: The Original Pancake House has seen a 0.6% increase in reviews.
Stop by Hub's Coffee for an assortment of espresso drinks, or chow down on one of its signature sandwiches. Over the past month, it's maintained a superior four-star rating among Yelpers.
Hub's Coffee is open from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekends. According to SafeGraph, it's usually busiest at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and people visit Hub's Coffee most on Fridays and Wednesdays, with a slowdown on Sundays.
El Camaron De Sinaloa
Fairgrounds's El Camaron De Sinaloa is the city's buzziest sushi bar by the numbers.
The well-established sushi bar and Mexican spot, which offers seafood and more and opened at 245 Willow St. in 2016, increased its new review count by 1.4% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1% for the Yelp category "Sushi Bars." As for foot traffic, El Camaron De Sinaloa saw a 49% increase in visits over the past month, according to SafeGraph data.
It's not the only trending outlier in the sushi bar category: Tomi Sushi has seen a 0.7% increase in reviews.
El Camaron De Sinaloa offers aguachile, ceviche, fish tacos and more. It also features a full bar.
El Camaron De Sinaloa is open from 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (It's closed on Tuesday.) According to SafeGraph, it's usually busiest at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and people visit El Camaron De Sinaloa most on Fridays and Wednesdays, with a slowdown on Mondays.