What’s heating up the food scene in San Jose this month?

Would you like information on some of the liveliest places in San Jose? We took a data-driven look at the question and used Yelp to find out which local businesses were on guest tongues this month.

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

Read on to see which spots are trending this spring.

The kickin ‘crab

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Open since 2018, this Cajun spot selling seafood and more is trending compared to other companies listed as “Seafood” on Yelp.

Across the city, seafood restaurants saw their new ratings rise an average of 2 percent last month, while The Kickin ‘Crab saw an 11.9 percent increase and consistently maintained a mixed three-star rating. Additionally, The Kickin ‘Crab ratings rose more than 1,300 percent month over month.

Kickin ‘Crab is located at 1051 Blossom Hill Road and offers homemade seafood specialties with a selection of seafood, condiments, condiments and additional products. There are also garlic noodles and appetizers like cajun edamame and coconut sea snails.

Seven seas sushi

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Whether or not you’ve heard of Seven Seas Sushi in downtown San Jose, the established sushi bar is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated as “Sushi Bars” on Yelp saw their new reviews rise an average of 1.1 percent over the past month, Seven Seas Sushi saw new reviews rise 2.2 percent and retained one over that period convincing four-star rating. While this doesn’t seem like a huge increase, it did significantly outperform the previous month as it received 10.0 times more reviews than expected based on its performance so far.

Seven Seas Sushi has been open at 130 E. Santa Clara St. since 2014 and offers a wide range of ramen, rolls, fried dishes and grilled starters. For the main course, look for the hamachi kama, a yellowtail pine that is served alongside soup, salad, and rice.

Ben’s BBQ and Brew

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Ben’s BBQ and Brew in West San Jose is also making waves. Open since 2018 at 5391 Prospect Road with BBQ facilities and more, the sports bar saw new ratings increase by 10.5 percent last month, compared to an average rating increase of 2.9 percent for all businesses, marked “Barbeque” on Yelp. In addition, the number of ratings for Ben’s BBQ and Brew increased more than 170 percent month on month.

Ben’s BBQ and Brew offers a variety of platters of smoked meat, sandwiches, wraps, vegetables and beers. Look for the baby back ribs served with garlic bread and a side dish. There is also a small selection of plant-based dishes for vegetarians. Last month, Yelpers received a mixed rating of 3.5 stars.

Kung Fu tea

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West San Jose’s new kung fu tea is numerically the busiest coffee and tea spot in town.

The spot for bubble tea, coffee and tea as well as juice and smoothies, which has been at 457 Saratoga Ave. since October 2018. opened, increased its new reviews by 15.9 percent last month, an outlier compared to the mean new review count of 3.3 percent for Yelp’s Coffee & Tea category. It outperformed the previous month by getting 1.4 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

Kung Fu Tea offers a variety of refreshments, including classic black and green teas with tapioca, milk-based drinks, slushies, and punch. Look for the milk tea infused with rose hips.

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