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In the know: What's heating up Portland's food scene this month

Hoodline logo Hoodline 7/24/2019 Hoodline
a piece of cake on a plate: Memoz Dessert Cafe | Photo: Jennifer M./ Yelp © Photo: Jennifer M./Yelp Memoz Dessert Cafe | Photo: Jennifer M./ Yelp

Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right now?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which eateries have been in the limelight this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Portland 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 on a hot streak this summer.

Memoz Dessert Cafe

food on a plate: photo: jennifer m./ yelp © photo: jennifer m./yelp photo: jennifer m./ yelp

Open since April 2019, this bakery, which offers desserts, coffee and tea and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Bakeries" on Yelp.

Citywide, bakeries saw a median 1.9 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Memoz Dessert Cafe saw a 38.5 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today.

It's not the only trending outlier in the bakery category: Little Bean has seen a 26.6 percent increase in reviews.

Located at 3494 N. Williams Ave. in Eliot, Memoz Dessert Cafe offers made-to-order cookies and pastries with mix-ins like mint chips, peanut butter cups, blue cheese and Thai chili peppers.

Great Notion Brewing

a plate of food: Photo: Jesse R./ Yelp © Photo: Jesse R./Yelp Photo: Jesse R./ Yelp

Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Northwest's Great Notion Brewing, the brewpub, which offers coffee and tea and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "Coffee & Tea" on Yelp saw a median 3.6 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Great Notion Brewing bagged a 34.4 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, with a slight upward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to its current 4.5 stars. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.8 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.

There's more that's trending on Portland's coffee and tea scene: HunnyMilk has seen a 15 percent increase in reviews.

Open at 2444 N.W. 28th Ave. since March 2019, Great Notion Brewing offers hazy, fruit-forward IPAs and culinary-inspired sours and stouts, according to its website. The brewery also serves up snacks like shrimp chips, soft pretzels and pork belly poutine, alongside sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads.

Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake

Photo: Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake/ Yelp © Photo: Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake/Yelp Photo: Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake/ Yelp

Downtown Portland's Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake is also making waves. Open since May 2019 at 1237 S.W. Washington St., the sushi bar, bar and Japanese spot has seen a 71.4 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.3 percent for all businesses tagged "Bars" on Yelp.

Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake offers salmon, vegetable, lobster and yellowtail handrolls. On tap, look for nitro matcha green tea, Hitachino white ale, Kirin Ichiban and more. Over the past month, it's maintained a solid four-star rating among Yelpers.


a close up of a plate of food and a cup of coffee: Photo: Besaws/ Yelp © Photo: Besaws/Yelp Photo: Besaws/ Yelp

Northwest's Besaws is the city's buzziest traditional American spot by the numbers.

The well-established cocktail bar and breakfast and brunch and traditional American spot, which opened at 1545 N.W. 21st Ave. in 2016, increased its new review count by 3.9 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.7 percent for the Yelp category "American (Traditional)." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.4 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

Besaws serves up unique comfort foods like blackberry-marinated beet salad, pan-seared halibut and a morel mushroom tart with spring onions, garlic scapes, goat cheese, mixed greens and parmesan. 

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.


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