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 analyze which restaurants had the most discussion 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 have continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see where the end of the year gets going.
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Open since September and selling coffee and more, this cafe and bakery is trending compared to other companies listed as Coffee & Tea on Yelp.
Across the city, coffee and tea spots saw new ratings rise by an average of 2% last month, while Gente Cafe saw a massive 163.6% increase and consistently maintained a five-star rating in sterling.
It’s not the only outlier in the coffee and tea category: Chromatic coffee saw ratings rise 71.4%, and Tastea and Voyager Craft Coffee rose 28.6% and 15.6%, respectively.
Located on 17 N. Second St. in downtown San Jose, Gente Cafe offers honey butter toasts. Avocado, coriander and chilli; and apricot and goat cheese. The restaurant also offers espresso, lattes, tea and much more.
The Gente Cafe is open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (It’s closed on Sunday.)
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Whether you’ve heard of Berryessa’s Poki Bowl or not, the Asian fusion spot that offers sackcloth and seafood is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While companies rated “Seafood” on Yelp saw their new reviews rise an average of 1% over the past month, Poki Bowl saw their new reviews rise 71.4% over that period, with a slight upward trend from one A three star rating was recorded a month ago at its current 3.5 stars.
There are even more trends in the San Jose fish scene: Flourishing Garden saw ratings rise 1.2%.
Poki Bowl has been open at 2532 Berryessa Road since 2019 and offers poke with vegetarian and vegan options as well as a variety of additional toppings.
Poki Bowl is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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The tostadas in downtown San Jose are also making waves. Established in June at 304 E. Santa Clara St., Suite A, the Mexican breakfast and brunch spot saw new ratings jump 15.2% last month, compared to a 1.5 increase in average ratings % for all businesses with a Mexican tag on Yelp.
Tostadas offers truffle fries, tostadas, chilaquiles and much more. Last month, Yelpers received a compelling four-star rating.
Tostadas is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Ozumo in Winchester North is the busiest sushi bar in town by numbers.
The established izakaya, sushi bar and bar, which opened in 2018 at Santana Row 355, Suite 1010, increased its number of new reviews by 7.8% over the past month, an outlier compared to the median number of new reviews of 1 , 1% for the Yelp category “Sushi Bars”. It topped the previous month by getting 2.1 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
It’s not the only outlier in the sushi bar category: Sushi Kan saw ratings jump 7.7%.
Ozumo Santana Row offers sushi like spider and rainbow rolls, as well as garlic edamame, sweetcorn fritters, and black cod.
Ozumo Santana Row is open Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesdays to Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday until 9:00 p.m.
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