What’s trending on Los Angeles’ meals scene?

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 using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial attractions and visitor patterns, to see which local businesses were on guest tongues this month.

To find out who made the list, we first looked at the Los Angeles 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 have continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. We then analyzed SafeGraph’s pedestrian traffic data to validate the trends.

Read on to see which spots are especially cool this spring.

Colossus Bread

Photo: Devin P./Yelp

Whether you’ve heard of Colossus Bread or not, the bakery and coffee shop, which offers coffee and tea and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated as “Cafes” on Yelp saw an average increase in new reviews of 1.2% over the last month, Colossus Bread saw new reviews increase 34.6% over that period, with a slight upward trend from a four-star rating to a was recorded a month ago to its current 4.5 stars. It significantly outperformed the previous month by receiving 4.0 times more reviews than expected based on its previous performance.

The Colossus Bread has been open since July 2019 in S. Alma St. 2311 and offers avocado toast, muesli and coffee as well as a daily selection of bread and pastries.

Colossus Bread is open on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ginos East

Photo: Gino’s East / Yelp

Sherman Oaks’ Gino’s East is also making waves. Open since December 2019 on 12924 Riverside Drive, the traditional American and Italian spot that sells pizza and more, saw new ratings rise by 24.9% last month, compared to an average rating increase of 0.9% for all American (Traditional) tagged businesses on Yelp.

The restaurant serves starters, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Look for smoked sausage chilli, Italian sausage sandwich, and buffalo chicken pizza on the menu. Check out the menu here. Last month, the Yelp rating dropped from four to 3.5 stars.

Gino’s East is open daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Photo: Oyabun / Yelp

Harvard Heights’ Oyabun is the busiest sushi bar in town by numbers.

The izakaya and sushi bar, which serves seafood and more, and has been open at 3060 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 150 since May 2019, increased its number of new reviews by 14.4% over the past month, an outlier in comparison Average new value rating of 0.8% for the Yelp category “Sushi Bars”. It topped the previous month by receiving 3.8 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

According to its Yelp page, “Oyabun is a Japanese and Korean restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood, sushi, izakaya, live seafood, and more.”

Oyabun offers omakase (at the chef’s choice), special sashimi such as red snapper yuzu truffle sashimi and halibut carpaccio as well as special sushi rolls such as baked langostino roll and dragon roll. See what’s left on the menu.

Oyabun is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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