Chimney cakes and more: What’s trending on Phoenix’s food scene?


Curious where Phoenix’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 analyze which eateries have been in the limelight this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Phoenix 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 extra hot, right now.

Press Coffee – The Roastery

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Open since July, this coffee roastery and breakfast and brunch spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp.

Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 1.8% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Press Coffee – The Roastery saw a 33.3% increase, maintaining a superior four-star rating throughout.

It’s not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: The Breakfast Joynt has seen a 4.8% increase in reviews.

Located at 10443 N. 32nd St. in Paradise Valley, Press Coffee – The Roastery roasts all of its coffees on premises. It serves breakfast burritos, wraps and pastries and a host of flavored coffees, including peanut butter, chocolate and apricot.

The cafe is open from 6:30 a.m.–8 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and 7 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday.

AZ Chimney Cakes

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Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about Paradise Valley’s AZ Chimney Cakes, it is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as “Coffee & Tea” on Yelp saw a median 3.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, AZ Chimney Cakes bagged a 31.2% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining an impressive five-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining five times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.

Open at 4568 E. Cactus Road, Suite 234, in the Paradise Valley Mall since 2018, AZ Chimney Cakes offers the traditional Hungarian dessert known as a chimney cake. The cylindrical pastry is served rolled in cinnamon and sugar, with strawberries and whipped cream, as well as with a variety of other fillings. The shop also offers coffee. 

AZ Chimney Cakes is open from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday. (It’s closed on Monday.)


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Ahwatukee Foothills’s EarlyBaker is also making waves. Open since 2017 at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., the well-established New American, Mediterranean and Greek spot has seen a 5% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.5% for all businesses tagged “American (New)” on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis EarlyBaker’s review count increased by more than 220%.

EarlyBaker offers macaroons, crepes, brioche French toast, burgers, gyros, lamb chops, soups and sandwiches. Over the past month, it’s maintained a superior 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.

EarlyBaker is open from 8 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekends.

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