Curious where San Antonio’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 eateries have been on the tips of diners’ tongues this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at San Antonio 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 cool this autumn.
Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about downtown San Antonio’s Maverick Whiskey, the distillery and traditional American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as “American (Traditional)” on Yelp saw a median 2.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, Maverick Whiskey bagged a 94.1% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a healthy four-star rating.
Open at 115 Broadway St. since July, Maverick Whiskey offers tours of the whiskey distillery and beer brewery. For food, the space serves New American fare for lunch and dinner, with highlights such as pork chops, sea scallops, chicken fried quail and barbecue beef ribs. (Check out the full menu here.)
Maverick Whiskey is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday and 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday. (It’s closed on Sunday.)
Taco Cabana is also making waves. Open at 3003 Thousand Oaks since 2012, the well-established Mexican chain restaurant has seen a 42.9% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.8% for all businesses tagged “Mexican” on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Taco Cabana’s review count increased by more than 1,800%.
There’s more than one hot spot trending in San Antonio’s Mexican category: Cabo Bob’s Burritos has seen a 25% increase in reviews, and Aldaco’s Stone Oak and Beto’s Alt-Mex have seen 2.4% and 1.6% increases, respectively.
Taco Cabana offers casual Mexican fare, such as tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and burritos, as well as homemade flour tortillas, sauces and salsas. Over the past month, it’s maintained a 2.5-star rating among Yelpers. Catering services are also available.
Taco Cabana is open 24 hours a day.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, is the city’s buzziest breakfast and brunch spot by the numbers.
This outpost of the well-established breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee, tea and sandwiches, opened at 11255 Huebner Road, Suite 100, in August. The eatery has increased its new review count by 14% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 2.3% for the Yelp category “Breakfast & Brunch.”
It’s not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: The South Chicken & Waffles has seen a 1.8% increase in reviews, and La Panaderia and Chicago Bagel & Deli have seen 2.9% and 1% increases, respectively.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, offers classic New American breakfast, brunch and lunch items, ranging from omelets, corned beef hash and pancakes to grain bowls, sandwiches and porridge. (Check out the full menu here.)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, is open from 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. daily.