What’s heating up Los Angeles’ meals scene this month

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 took a data-driven look at the question and used Yelp to find out which restaurants saw notable increases in attention this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at the Los Angeles businesses by category on Yelp and counted how many 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.

Read on to see which spots are trending right now.

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Whether you’ve heard of Brentwood’s Mio Babbo or not, the Italian spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated “Italian” on Yelp saw their new reviews increase by an average of 1.2% last month, Mio Babbo appeared on Yelp relatively recently. Many new businesses are struggling to get reviews, but interest has increased.

The Mio Babbo menu has been open at 11701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 12B since January 2020 and offers a selection of pasta, sauce, egg whites, vegetables and cheese for a personalized pasta dish.

Mio Babbo is open on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The OX Los Angeles

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Koreatown’s The OX Los Angeles is also making waves. The lounge, which has been open at the Oxford Palace Hotel at 745 S. Oxford Ave., Floor 2, since December 2019 and offers coffee, tea, and more, is relatively new to Yelp, but has received numerous new reviews while all businesses are tagged “Coffee & Tea” on Yelp posted a 2.1% increase in new reviews last month. In addition, the number of reviews of OX Los Angeles increased more than 1,000% from month to month.

The OX Los Angeles serves filter coffee, cold brew, wild berry hibiscus iced tea, and turmeric ginger chai latte. Last month, Yelpers received a five-star rating in sterling.

The OX Los Angeles is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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West Hills’ AYCE Gogi is numerically the busiest Korean spot in town.

The Korean spot that has BBQ facilities and more and has been at 6705 Fallbrook Ave. since January 2020. is still relatively new to Yelp but has seen a number of new reviews. In the Yelp Korean category, the average number of new reviews increased 1.7% over the past month.

AYCE Gogi offers Bulgogi, Garlic Rosemary Chicken, Korean Fried Rice, and Bibimbap.

AYCE Gogi is open Mondays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.

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