Wondering where San Jose’s famous crowd eats and drinks? It’s easy to spot lines coming out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to spot.
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. 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 where the momentum goes into summer.
The Nest Asian Bistro
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Open since February, this Asian fusion spot has chicken wings, sandwiches, and more, and it is trending compared to other companies listed as “Asian Fusion” on Yelp.
Citywide, Asian fusion locations saw their new ratings increase by 3.3 percent on average last month, while The Nest Asian Bistro saw an 83.3 percent increase and consistently maintained a healthy 4.5-star rating.
It’s not the only outlier in the Asian fusion category: SimpleViet saw ratings jump 52.6 percent and Ginza Sushi a 9.9 percent.
Nest Asian Bistro is located on 312 S. Third St. in downtown San Jose and offers Chicken Wings, Banh Mi Bowls, Rice Bowls, Pho, Egg Rolls, and more. Try the eight-piece sweet and spicy soy wings or the Vietnamese grilled pork banh mi sandwich with garlic aioli, cucumber, carrot and coriander, spring onion and peanut oil and pickled daikon.
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According to Yelp review data, whether or not you are excited about Fairgrounds Aqui Cal-Mex, the Mexican, New American, and vegetarian spot, is a hot topic.
While companies rated “Mexican” on Yelp saw their new reviews increase an average of 2.1 percent over the past month, Aqui Cal-Mex saw new reviews increase and retain one 42.9 percent over that period strong four-star rating.
There are even more trends in the San Jose Mexican scene: The Chavelas Restaurant saw its ratings rise 6 percent.
The Aqui Cal-Mex has been open since February on the 503 W. Capitol Expy and offers quesadillas, tacos, burritos, salads, bowls and much more. Expect options like the barbecue chicken burrito served on organic spinach in a tomato tortilla and the Cuban pork enchiladas with fried pork, plantains, and Monterey Jack, rolled in corn tortillas and with achiote sauce, coleslaw, black Beans, cotija cheese and sour cream are served.
Great duper burger
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West San Jose’s Super Duper Burgers are also making waves. The traditional American spot, which has been open at 5399 Prospect Road since 2018 and sells burgers and more, saw new reviews rise 15.7 percent last month, compared to an average reviews increase of 1.4 percent for everyone Businesses tagged “American (Traditional)” on Yelp.
Super Duper Burgers offers burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, and shakes. Treat yourself to a super burger of two 4-ounce patties with super sauce, adding toppings like lettuce, tomato, jalapeños, toasted portobello, and bacon. Don’t forget to add a side of garlic fries and an organic chocolate shake. For the past month, it has maintained a superior four-star rating among Yelpers.
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West San Jose’s established slapfish is currently on the rise in Yelp’s Seafood category.
While companies rated “Seafood” on Yelp saw their new reviews rise an average of 2.6 percent last month, that value for ratings of seafood, fish and chips, and sandwiches rose 27.2 percent – and kept its rating constant at 3.5 stars.
There’s more excitement in the world of San Jose seafood: SJ Crawfish saw ratings jump 7.3 percent and Claw Shack rose 16.3 percent.
The store has been open at 5297 Prospect Road since January and offers seafood with dishes such as a grilled fish bowl, citrus prawn salad, lobster roll, and fish and chips.
7 Leaves Cafe
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This popular coffee and tea spot has been open since January and is trending compared to other companies listed as Coffee & Tea on Yelp.
Across the city, businesses with the “Coffee & Tea” tag saw new ratings rise an average of 3.6 percent last month. However, 7 Leaves Cafe was up 24.5 percent and maintained a strong four-star rating throughout.
Located on 1743 Berryessa Road in the North Valley, 7 Leaves Cafe offers milk tea, coffee, and macaroon. Try the “Summer Mint”, a green tea with passion fruit, mint and orange. Or enjoy a mung bean milk tea – jasmine tea with mung beans and pandan leaves.
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