What is the pattern for San Jose’s meals?

Want to find out more about the hippest spots in San Jose?

We took a data-driven look at the question and used Yelp to analyze which restaurants were the most talked about this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at the San Jose businesses by category on Yelp and counted the number of reviews they received. Instead of just comparing them based on the number of reviews, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked companies that continually increase their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are trending this winter.

Sushi arashi

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Open since November 2017, this popular sushi bar is trending compared to other companies listed as “sushi bars” on Yelp.

At sushi bars, ratings rose an average of 1.4 percent last month, while Sushi Arashi rose 9.4 percent, with a slight upward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today was recorded. In addition, the number of inspections increased by more than 240 percent from month to month.

Sushi Arashi is located at 1181 Lincoln Ave. in North Willow Glen and serves the full range of Japanese cuisine, from noodle soups like ramen and udon to starters like salmon teriyaki. However, the main focus is on sushi, with both nigiri and rolls available.


Photo: Sharetea / Yelp

Whether or not you’ve heard of Sharetea from the Blossom Valley, sales from the major Taiwanese bubble tea chain are a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated as “Coffee & Tea” on Yelp increased their review score by a median of 4.3 percent over the past month, Sharetea saw ratings jump 11.8 percent over that period and kept a mixed 3, 5 star rating at. It significantly outperformed the previous month by receiving 11.0 times more reviews than expected based on its previous performance.

Sharetea has been open at 5627 Cottle Road since July 2017 and offers a selection of milk, brew and fruit teas as well as mixed ice drinks and a handful of custard-based desserts.

Mesquite and oak

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Northside’s Mesquite and Oak is also making waves. The traditional American spot, which has been open at 856 N. 13th St. since January 2018 and serves grilled dishes and sandwiches, saw ratings increase 9 percent last month, compared to an average ratings increase of 1.5 percent for all tagged companies. “American (Traditional)” on Yelp. In addition, the number of inspections increased by more than 170 percent month on month.

There’s more than one hotspot trend in the traditional American category of San Jose: Bill’s Cafe saw ratings rise 7 percent.

The Mesquite and Oak offers Texas-style home-smoked barbecue that can be served directly, as part of a sandwich, or with eggs for breakfast. For the past month, it has maintained a strong 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.

SJ lobster

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After all, the SJ Crawfish in East San Jose is the busiest fishing spot in town by numbers. It offers cooked lobster and other seafood in pounds, in spices that range from the garlic butter-based house specialty to tamarind or pineapple flavors.

The Cajun spot that hit 393 N. Capitol Ave. in 2016 opened, its number of reviews increased 9.6 percent last month. This is an outlier compared to the average review increase of 1.6 percent for the Yelp Seafood category.

It’s not the only outlier in the seafood category: Pho Viet saw ratings jump 3.6 percent.

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