As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right now?
We took a data-driven look at the question and used Yelp to find out which local businesses had particularly high review volumes 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 which areas are particularly hot right now.
Oh my boba
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Open since October, this place selling organic coffee and bubble tea is trending compared to other companies listed as “Coffee & Tea” on Yelp.
In town, coffee and tea spots saw their new ratings rise an average of 2.6 percent last month, but Oh My Boba saw a 31.8 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a 4.5-star rating before four stars a month to today. In addition, Oh My Boba ratings increased more than 180 percent from month to month.
It’s not the only outlier in the coffee and tea category: Kung Fu Tea saw ratings jump 12.8 percent.
Located in Suite E at Berryessa, 1030 Piedmont Road, Oh My Boba offers organic tea, milk tea, fruit fusion beverages, smoothies and snacks. Beverage additives include fresh fruit, six types of boba, grass jelly, and in-house crema with salted cheese. Customers who order tea can also adjust the tea strength, the sweetness, the amount of ice and the type of milk.
Benedict’s Café & Bar
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Whether or not you loved the Benedict’s Café & Bar in Cambrian Park, the cocktail bar, and the traditional American breakfast and brunch spot, this is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While companies rated “American (Traditional)” on Yelp saw their new reviews rise an average of 1.6 percent over the past month, Benedicts Café & Bar saw their new reviews rise 7.6 percent over the same period and maintained a healthy four star rating.
Benedict’s Café & Bar has been located at 5365 Camden Ave since April 2018. open and offers traditional breakfast items such as omelets, bacon, waffles, steak and eggs, french toast and pancakes. When you go for lunch, look for a variety of salads, burgers, sandwiches, and pasta bowls.
You can find the full menu here.
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San Jose – East Valley / 680 SJ Crawfish makes waves too. Since 2016 at 393 N. Capitol Ave. Open, Established Place Cajun / Creole, selling seafood and more, saw new reviews jump 5.7 percent last month, compared to a 2.9 percent increase in average ratings for All Businesses Listed “Seafood” on Yelp tagged. However, the number of SJ Crawfish reviews increased by more than 180 percent from month to month.
SJ Crawfish offers lobsters, prawns, clams, lobsters, oysters and crabs. The restaurant also offers combo deals with a selection of seafood and side dishes such as corn, potatoes and sausage. Customers can choose their seasoning level and pick one of seven spices, ranging from Cajun to a thicker house specialty. For the past month, it has maintained a strong 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
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