Would you like information on the most talked about places in San Jose?
We used Yelp and SafeGraph, a data set of commercial attractions and visitor patterns, to examine the question in a data-driven way to analyze which restaurants were on everyone’s lips this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at the San Jose businesses on Yelp by category 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 continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. We then analyzed SafeGraph’s pedestrian traffic data to validate the trends.
Read on to see which spots are sizzling hot this fall.
Milk Tea Lab
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Open since August 2019, this place selling bubble tea, juices and smoothies is trending compared to other companies listed as “bubble tea” on Yelp.
Across the city, the Bubble Tea Spots saw an average increase in new ratings of 2.2% last month, while the Milk Tea Lab saw a staggering 276.9% increase, with a slight downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today.
It’s not the only trend outlier in the bubble tea category: coconut desserts saw ratings rise 26.2% and Oh My Boba saw a 15.6% increase.
The Milk Tea Lab is located at 1601 Branham Lane, Suite 3, in Cambrian Park and offers matcha milk tea, jasmine milk tea, green lychee tea and much more.
The Milk Tea Lab is open Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
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Whether or not you’ve heard of the L&L Hawaiian Barbecue in Santa Teresa, the Hawaiian spot that features barbecues and more is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While companies rated “Barbeque” on Yelp saw an average increase in new reviews of 1.1% over the last month, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue saw a remarkable 110% increase in new reviews and retained one over that period superior 4.5 star rating.
The L&L Hawaiian Barbecue has been open at 5730 Cottle Road, Suite 120, since July 2019 and offers grilled chicken, fried prawns, kalua pork with cabbage and much more.
The L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is open Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
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The Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in West San Carlos / Burbank is also making waves. The fast food spot, which has been open at 1570 W. San Carlos St. since June 2019 and has chicken wings and more, saw its new ratings soar by 122.2% last month, compared to an average increase in Ratings Up 3.3% for All Businesses Tagged Chicken Wings on Yelp. Additionally, the number of reviews of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen increased more than 220% month over month.
There is more than one hot spot trend in the San Jose Chicken Wings category: BurgerIM saw ratings increase by 50%.
The Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen offers chicken ladles, cookies, and iced tea. For the past month, it has maintained a 2.5-star rating among Yelpers.
The Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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The blooming garden of the exhibition center is numerically the liveliest fish restaurant in the city.
The popular dim sum and seafood spot, which opened on Monterey Highway 1650 in June 2006, saw new ratings rise 1.4% last month, the equivalent of all companies in the Yelp Seafood business category however, according to SafeGraph’s pedestrian traffic data, visited more than twice that of the same period.
Flourishing Garden offers dim sum, stuffed eggplant, tea, pasta rolls, vegetable chow mein and much more.
The Flourishing Garden is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (It’s closed on Tuesdays.) According to SafeGraph, it’s usually full at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, and slows down on Mondays.
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The popular Our House in downtown San Jose is currently on the upswing in the New American category on Yelp.
While companies rated “American (New)” on Yelp saw their new reviews rise by an average of 1.2% last month, this New American spot that sells burgers and sandwiches increased its new ratings by 3.7 % – and kept its rating constant at 4.5 stars. The number of reviews increased by more than 300% month on month, and according to SafeGraph pedestrian traffic data, visits nearly doubled over the same period.
Our house has been open for business at 185 Park Ave., Suite 189, since January 2016 and offers local, GMO-free, sustainably produced foods such as salads, burgers, fries and short ribs.
Our house is open Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (It’s closed on Sundays.) According to SafeGraph, it’s usually busiest at noon, 1pm, and 7pm, and people visit our home mostly on Thursdays and Wednesdays. When planning your visit, you may want to try the slower periods on Saturdays.
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