WASHINGTON — 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 to analyze which restaurants have been getting outsized notice this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Washington 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 on a hot streak, right now.
Open since March 2018, this New American and vegan spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as 'American (New)' on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.9% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Fancy Radish saw a 7.3% increase, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Fancy Radish's review count increased by more than 260%.
It's not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Bresca has seen a 5.3% increase in reviews.
Located at 600 H St. NE (between North Seventh and North Sixth streets) in the H Street Corridor, Fancy Radish offers vegetable-based dining from James Beard Foundation Awards nominees, chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Menu options include charred caulilini with black lentils, fermented black bean glaze and tomato adobo sauce, and Moroccan tofu with smoked eggplant, pickled carrots, olives and preserved lemon.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Park View's Sonny's Pizza, the restaurant is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as 'Pizza' on Yelp saw a median 2.1% increase in new reviews over the past month, Sonny's Pizza bagged a 36.4% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating.
There's more that's trending on Washington's pizza scene: &pizza has seen a 7.6% increase in reviews.
Open at 3120 Georgia Ave. NW (between North Irving and North Kenyon streets) since March 14, the eatery offers whole pizzas or slices with tomato, mozzarella and a variety of toppings, such as fennel, sausage and roasted peppers, and anchovies, onions, olives and capers. Salads and meatball and eggplant Parmesan sandwiches are also on the menu.
Officina in Southwest is also making waves. Open since October 2018 at 1120 Maine Ave. SW, the Italian restaurant has seen an 8.5% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2% for all businesses tagged 'Italian' on Yelp.
Officina offers busiate with ramps and Parmesan cheese and hay-smoked sweetbreads with olive oil, lemon and fennel pollen, among other entrees. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed three-star rating among Yelpers. In addition to the restaurant, Officina has a cafe and a specialty grocery on site.
Coconut Club, in the Union Market area, is the city's buzziest seafood spot by the numbers.
The cocktail bar, which offers seafood and more and opened at 540 Penn St. NE (between North Fifth Street and North Brentwood Parkway) on Jan. 25, increased its new review count by 19% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.6% for the Yelp category 'Seafood.'
Celebrity chef Adam Greenberg's restaurant offers mussels in coconut milk and Thai-basal curry and shrimp with garlic confit, chili pepper and white rice, as well as other Hawaiian-inspired cuisine.