Wondering where Austin’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 restaurants have been on the tips of diners’ tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Austin 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 summer.
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Open since April, this Mexican spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Mexican” on Yelp.
Citywide, Mexican spots saw a median 2.2 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Comedor saw an 83.3 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today.
Located at 501 Colorado St. in downtown Austin, Comedor offers hand-crafted appetizers, dinner entrees and cocktails that have a distinct Mexican and New Mexican flair. The menu features options like the bone marrow tacos and entrees served with mole sauces, ranging from verde to black garlic. If you’re craving dessert, try this spot’s tres leches cake.
The Westwood Gastropub
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Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about The Westwood Gastropub, the gastropub and New American and breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as “American (New)” on Yelp saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, The Westwood Gastropub bagged a 68.2 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating.
There’s more that’s trending on Austin’s New American scene: Flower Child has seen an 8.2 percent increase in reviews.
Open at 5308 Balcones Drive since January, The Westwood Gastropub, a sports-themed establishment, offers tapas, burgers, steaks, seafood and craft cocktails. Snack on grilled chicken wings and fried pickles, or opt for a gourmet burger to fill you up.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
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RMMA’s Kerbey Lane Cafe is also making waves. Open since April at 2200 Aldrich St., Suite 100, the bar and traditional American and Tex-Mex spot has seen a 14.7 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.9 percent for all businesses tagged “American (Traditional)” on Yelp.
There’s more than one hot spot trending in Austin’s traditional American category: The Brewtorium Brewery & Kitchen has seen a 9.4 percent increase in reviews, and Anthem has seen a 11.6 percent bump.
Kerbey Lane Cafe offers edadame hummus on toast, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, vegan queso and fried avocado tacos on Siete grain-free tortillas, as well as gluten-free, paleo and keto-friendly items. Juices made with local fruits and vegetables are also available. Over the past month, it’s maintained a mixed three-star rating among Yelpers.