Want the inside word on Sacramento’s buzziest local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to discover which restaurants have been in the limelight this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at Sacramento businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on the 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 getting plenty of attention this autumn.
Fixins Soul Kitchen
Open since August, this bar and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers soul food and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp.
Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 1.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Fixins Soul Kitchen saw a striking 1,430% increase, with a slight downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Fixins Soul Kitchen’s review count increased by more than 1,300%.
Located at 3428 Third Ave. in North Oak Park, Fixins Soul Kitchen offers chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, French toast, omelettes, coffee and more.
Fixins Soul Kitchen is open from 8 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.
Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about downtown Sacramento’s Tiger, the bar and New American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as “American (New)” on Yelp saw a median 1.3% increase in new reviews over the past month, Tiger bagged a 9.6% increase in new reviews within that time frame, with a slight downward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to its current 3.5 stars. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.7 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
Open at 722 K St. since 2018, Tiger offers burgers, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and tacos with fillings like roasted cauliflower or grilled jerk chicken.
Tiger is open from 11:30 a.m.–midnight on Monday-Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.–2 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m.–2 a.m. on weekends.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ
RP – Sports Complex’s Ono Hawaiian BBQ is also making waves. Open since April at 2800 Del Paso Road, Suite 200, the Hawaiian spot, which offers barbecue and seafood, has seen a 9.9% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.4% for all businesses tagged “Seafood” on Yelp.
There’s more than one hot spot trending in Sacramento’s seafood category: Crawdads On The River has seen a 0.5% increase in reviews.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ offers crispy shrimp, island white fish, teriyaki chicken and Spam musubi, as well as fresh coconut juice. Over the past month, it’s maintained a mixed 3.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Other Side
East Sacramento’s The Other Side is the city’s buzziest traditional American spot by the numbers.
The well-established beer bar, brewery and traditional American spot, which opened at 5090 Folsom Blvd. in July 2018, increased its new review count by 8.3% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.4% for the Yelp category “American (Traditional).” It outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.7 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
The Other Side offers chicken wings, mac and cheese and fish and chips. When it comes to desserts, look for beer floats, chocolate cake and malted barley cheesecake with strawberry jam, brown butter graham crumble and salted hazelnuts.
The Other Side is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday.