(Hoodline)— Want the intel on Atlanta’s most happening local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which restaurants have been getting outsized notice this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Atlanta businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each had received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.
Read on to see which spots are extra cool this summer.
Pin & Proper
Open since last summer, this sports bar and traditional American and bowling spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “American (Traditional)” on Yelp.
Citywide, traditional American spots saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Pin & Proper saw a 24.4 percent increase, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Pin & Proper’s review count increased by more than 330 percent.
Located at 1039 Grant St. SE, Suite D10, in Grant Park, Pin & Proper offers burgers and other sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, and a variety of shareable treats, like chicken wings, pretzel poppers and fried pickles.
Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about Midtown’s Blue India, the bar and Indian spot is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as “bars” on Yelp saw a median 1.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Blue India bagged a 15.8 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a superior four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 5.3 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
There’s more that’s trending on Atlanta’s bar scene: Little Alley Steak-Buckhead has seen a 9.8 percent increase in reviews.
Open at 933 Peachtree St. NE since the spring of 2018, Blue India offers tandoori-prepared specialties like chicken, king prawns and even spicy octopus, along with a wide selection of curries and Indian breads from the oven, such as naan and roti. There are also Indian-influenced cocktails and, of course, mango lassi.
Old Fourth Ward’s Brezza Cucina is also making waves. Open since fall 2015 in Ponce City Market at 675 Ponce De Leon Ave., Suite 158, the popular New American and Italian spot, which offers pizza and more, has seen a 5.6 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.4 percent for all businesses tagged “American (New)” on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Brezza Cucina’s review count increased by more than 700 percent.
There’s more than one hot spot trending in Atlanta’s New American category: 55th & Park Restaurant and Lounge has seen a 12.4 percent increase in reviews.
Brezza Cucina offers California-influenced, Italian-style fish, veal, beef, pork and lamb, and the house specialties, gnocchi and roast chicken with salsa verde. There are also oysters, burrata and craft cocktails. Over the past month, Brezza Cucina has maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.