What's trending on Los Angeles' food scene?

Not sure where the insiders eat and drink in Los Angeles? It’s easy to spot lines coming out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to spot.

We used Yelp and SafeGraph, a data set of commercial attractions and visitor patterns, to examine the question in a data-driven manner to analyze which restaurants were on everyone’s lips this month.

To find out who made the list, we first looked at the Los Angeles 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 have 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 getting a lot of attention this spring.

The rustic spoon

Photo: Noelia N./Yelp

Whether you’ve heard of The Rustic Spoon in Valley Village or not, the breakfast and brunch spot that features salads and more is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp saw their new reviews rise an average of 1.1% over the past month, The Rustic Spoon appeared on Yelp relatively recently. Many new businesses are struggling to get reviews, but interest has increased.

Open at 12500 W. Magnolia Blvd. The Rustic Spoon has been offering omelets, eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles and French toast since February 2020. The complete breakfast menu can be found here.

The rustic spoon is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Little brother

Photo: Hermanito / Yelp

Sawtelle’s Hermanito is also making waves. The since February 2020 on Sawtelle Blvd. Beer and cocktail bar, open in 2024, selling tacos and more, is relatively new to Yelp but has received numerous new reviews, while all businesses labeled “Tacos” on Yelp saw a 3.4% increase in new reviews Reviews last month. In addition, the number of reviews of Hermanito increased by more than 290% from month to month.

Hermanito’s taco menu has options like chicken, shrimp, steak, and avocado. Check out the menu here. For the past month, it has maintained a superior 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.

Hermanito is open Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to midnight and Sunday from 5pm to 10pm. (It’s closed on Monday.)

Tinder pizza

Photo: Leonardo M./Yelp

Reseda’s Tinder’s Pizza is the busiest pizza place in town by numbers.

The popular pizza place, which has been open at 7550 Tampa Ave., Unit G, since January 2018, increased its number of new reviews by 17.9% over the past month, an outlier compared to the median number of new reviews of 1.3 % for Yelp Pizza category. It topped the previous month by getting 8.5 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

“The foundation for a great tasting pizza starts with the dough,” says the Yelp site. “We believe that pizza dough should always be tossed by hand and never pressed. We believe in always using the best quality meat and cheese.”

Tinder’s Pizza serves typical pizza combinations such as spicy Hawaiian pizza with bacon, ham, pineapple and jalapeno. Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Barbecue Sauce, Onions, Peppers, and Chicken; and Indian-style chicken pizza with Indian cheese, serrano chilli and chicken.

Tinder’s Pizza is open Mondays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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By ayunda