(Hoodline)— Unsure where Atlanta’s insiders are eating and drinking? It’s easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which restaurants have been on the tips of diners’ tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Atlanta businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each 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 worth exploring this summer.
Open since February, this New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “American (New)” on Yelp.
Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Lazy Betty saw a 52.2 percent increase, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating throughout.
Located at 1530 Dekalb Ave. NE in Candler Park, Lazy Betty offers seven and 10-course tasting menus of creations such as caviar and biscuits with cultivated cream, salmon and braised romaine heart with Parmesan-lemon broth, cucumber cannelloni with horseradish, panna cotta and borscht, and “creamsicle” vanilla semifreddo with blood orange. There are also vegan options.
Cultivate Food and Coffee
Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about Cultivate Food and Coffee, the cafe and brunch spot, which offers coffee, tea and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp saw a median 1.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Cultivate Food and Coffee bagged a 29.7 percent increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a healthy four-star rating.
Open at 1952 Howell Mill Road, Suite 200, since February, Cultivate Food and Coffee offers fresh, farm-to-table dishes such as a biscuit with either traditional or vegan sausage; bagels, scones, croissants and other pastries; beignets; omelets; Nashville hot style chicken and waffles; shrimp and grits; pancakes and sandwiches; as well as a full array of tea and coffee preparations.
Holler & Dash Biscuit House
Home Park’s Holler & Dash Biscuit House is also making waves. Open since summer 2017 at 1085 Howell Mill Road, the Southern comfort food spot has seen a 4.6 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.1 percent for all businesses tagged “Southern” on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Holler & Dash Biscuit House’s review count increased by more than 230 percent.
Holler & Dash Biscuit House offers biscuits, of course, with fillings like fried chicken or pork; cheddar, pimento or goat cheese; bacon; and fried green tomatoes; sandwiches, including a BLT, roast beef and a turkey club; oat, grits, potato tots and Brussels sprouts bowls; and other breakfast and brunch favorites, including scrambled eggs and beignets. Over the past month, it’s maintained a strong four-star rating among Yelpers.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Grant Park’s Grindhouse Killer Burgers is the city’s buzziest bar by the numbers.
The bar, which offers burgers, salads and more and opened at 701 Memorial Drive SE in spring 2018, increased its new review count by 7.2 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.9 percent for the Yelp category “Bars.”
It’s not the only trending outlier in the bar category: Little Alley Steak in Buckhead has seen a 7.2 percent increase in reviews.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers offers burgers in a variety of styles, from “Hillbilly” (pimento cheese, jalapenos, brisket chili and onion) to “Euro” (swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, lettuce, mustard and mayonnaise). There a vegan “Impossible ” burger for non-carnivores. Also available are hot dogs, salads, chili, fries, bean dip, fried green tomatoes and beverages ranging from milkshakes to craft cocktails (and “boozy shakes” that are a bit of both).