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

As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which flavors are trending right now?

We took a data-driven look at the question and used Yelp to find out which restaurants were in the spotlight 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 that continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which places are worth exploring.

Cal-Mex here

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Open since February, this Mexican restaurant is trending compared to other companies listed as “Mexican” on Yelp.

Across Mexico, Mexican spots saw an average 3% increase in revaluations last month, while Aqui Cal-Mex saw a 22.9% increase, with a slight downward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 3.5 Stars was recorded today.

Located at 503 W. Capitol Expy on the exhibition grounds, Aqui Cal-Mex offers chicken fajitas, Cuban pork enchiladas, Thai chicken burritos, goat cheese quesadillas, and more.

Sushi confidential

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

While companies rated “Japanese” on Yelp saw their new reviews increase by an average of 2.7% over the past month, Sushi Confidential saw new reviews increase 10.5% over that period and kept a mixed 3 , 5 star rating at. It significantly outperformed the previous month by receiving 2.4 times more reviews than expected based on its previous performance.

Sushi Confidential has been open at 31 N. Market St. since June 2016 and offers poke tacos, honey siracha salmon, ramen bowls and typical sushi rolls, including gluten-free options.

Gabi’s petite café

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Gabi’s Petite Cafe in Blossom Valley is also making waves. The popular creperie, coffee, tea and breakfast joint, which has been open at 5685 Cottle Road since 2014, saw new reviews increase by 8.8% last month, compared with an average rating increase of 3.1 % for all companies with the tag “Breakfast & Brunch”. on Yelp. Additionally, the number of reviews of Gabi’s Petite Cafe increased more than 730% from month to month.

Gabi’s Petite Cafe offers both sweet and savory crepes, breakfast croissant sandwiches, smoothies, Vietnamese coffee and much more. Last month, Yelpers received a compelling four-star rating.


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North Valley’s teaspoon is the busiest bubble tea spot in town by numbers.

The Bubble Tea and Shaved Snow Spot, which opened at Hostetter Road 1698 in January, increased its number of new reviews by 18.2% over the past month, an outlier compared to the mean new review score of 3.9% for Yelp -Category “Bubble Tea”. “It outperformed the previous month by getting 2.0 times more ratings than expected based on past performance.

It’s not the only trend outlier in the bubble tea category: Oh My Boba saw ratings jump 25%.

Teaspoon offers milk tea, roasted tea crema, lychee black tea and much more. There are also a variety of shaved snow desserts in flavors like lemon tart, nutty taro, and afternoon tea.


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Winchester North’s established Ozumo is currently on the rise in the Yelp bar category.

While businesses rated as “Bars” on Yelp saw their new reviews increase by an average of 2.3% last month, this izakaya, sushi restaurant and bar increased their new ratings by 10.6% – and kept their rating constant at four stars. The number of reviews increased by more than 180% from month to month.

There’s more excitement in the world of bars in San Jose: Miniboss saw ratings rise 9.6%.

The company has been open for business at Santana Row 355, Suite 1010, since May 2018 and offers sushi, tempura and more, paired with sake, Japanese whiskey and eclectic cocktails such as vodka, lychee and passion fruit puree.

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