What’s fueling Irvine’s meals scene this month?

As fans of cronuts and cake pops can testify, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which flavors are trending right now?

We took a data-driven look at the question and used Yelp to analyze which restaurants were in the spotlight this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at the Irvine 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 continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are especially cool right now.

Breakfast Republic

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Open since May 2019, this breakfast and brunch and traditional American place is trending compared to other companies listed as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp.

Across the city, breakfast and brunch spots saw their new reviews rise an average of two percent last month, while Breakfast Republic saw a 72.6 percent increase and consistently maintained a healthy four-star rating.

Breakfast Republic is located on 4213 Campus Drive in the university’s city center and serves cereal with homemade yogurt, steak and eggs, and jambalaya with eggs. Check out the menu here.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Photo: Potbelly Sandwich Shop / Yelp

Walnut Village’s Potbelly Sandwich Shop is also making waves. The fast food spot, which has been open at 14431 Culver Drive since May 2019 and sells sandwiches and salads, saw new reviews rise 55.3 percent last month, compared to an average reviews increase of 1.9 percent for all companies with the tag “sandwiches”. on Yelp.

There’s more than one hot spot trend in Irvine’s sandwich category: Piadina saw ratings jump 14.7 percent and Falasophy saw a 10.6 percent increase.

The Potbelly Sandwich Shop offers smoked ham sandwich with Swiss cheese, meatball sandwich with marinara sauce and provolone, and grilled chicken sandwich with cheddar cheese. Last month, Yelpers earned a solid four-star rating.


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Northwood’s Hako is numerically the busiest Japanese venue in town.

The Japanese spot, which opened in November 2018 at 4790 Irvine Blvd., Suite 103, increased its number of new reviews by 6.8 percent over the past month. This is an outlier compared to the two percent median new reviews for Yelp’s Japanese category. ”

The menu includes fried karaage chicken, shrimp tempura udon, spicy tuna rolls and tonkatsu with pork loin with rice, soup and salad. Check out the menu here.

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