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Are these trending Houston restaurants on your radar?

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Want the inside word on Houston's most happening local spots?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to analyze which local businesses have been seeing especially high review volumes this month.

To find out who made the list, we first looked at Houston 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. Then we analyzed foot traffic data from SafeGraph to validate the trends.

Read on to see which spots are worth exploring this autumn.

Anonymous Cafe

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Open since August, this cafe and Greek spot, which offers coffee and tea and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Coffee & Tea" on Yelp.

Citywide, coffee and tea spots saw a median 2.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Anonymous Cafe saw a 36.2% increase, maintaining an excellent five-star rating throughout.

Located at 3701 Kirby Drive in Greenway, Anonymous Cafe offers Greek favorites like the souvlaki plate, spanikopita and baklava. Other menu items include burgers, chicken & waffles, quiche and pound cake.

Anonymous Cafe is open from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. on Monday-Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.)

Masones Pub &Grill

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Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Masones Pub &Grill, the pub and traditional American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp saw a median 1.8% increase in new reviews over the past month, Masones Pub &Grill bagged a 14.3% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a solid four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.0 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance. According to SafeGraph foot traffic data, visits to Masones Pub &Grill increased by more than 50% in the past month.

There's more that's trending on Houston's traditional American scene: The French Fry House has seen a 1.2% increase in reviews.

Open at 13131 Louetta Road since 2009, Masones Pub &Grill offers bar bites like wings, fries and nachos, along with heartier fare like burgers, tacos and flatbreads. The bar also serves eight beers on tap, with more than 25 more varieties in a bottle. 

Masones Pub &Grill is open from 11 a.m.–2 a.m. daily. According to SafeGraph, foot traffic is heaviest at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays. If you’re planning your visit, you may want to try its slower periods on Sundays.

Tourão Brazilian Churrasqueria

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Neartown - Montrose's Tourão Brazilian Churrasqueria is also making waves. Open since 2017 at 4412 Montrose Blvd., the steakhouse and Brazilian spot has seen a 9.3% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.3% for all businesses tagged "Steakhouses" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Tourão Brazilian Churrasqueria's review count increased by more than 180%.

According to the business's Yelp page, Tourão Brazilian Churrasqueria prepares "different cuts of certified Angus beef, pork, lamb, shrimp, poultry, and beef and pork sausages, roasted slowly to maintain their natural flavors." The restaurant's Gauchos slice the meat off the rodizio skewers onto diners' plates. Score the lunch special, an all-you-can-eat rodizio buffet that includes eight cuts of meat. (Check out the full menu here.) Over the past month, it's maintained a convincing four-star rating among Yelpers.

Tourão Brazilian Churrasqueria is open from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday.

Warehouse 72

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Spring Branch East's Warehouse 72 is the city's buzziest New American spot by the numbers.

The Italian, Mediterranean and New American spot, which opened at 7620 Katy Freeway, Suite 305, on July, increased its new review count by 19.4% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.6% for the Yelp category "American (New)."

Warehouse 72 has a large menu featuring salads, pasta as well as pork, chicken, seafood and steak entrees. Look for the restaurant's signature angel hair pasta with truffle cream sauce, Parmesan, grated fresh burgundy black truffles and chives, and the chicken pesto pizza with basil pesto, pulled chicken, goat cheese, blistered tomatoes, caramelized onions and calabria peppers. (Explore the entire menu here.)

Warehouse 72 is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Liberty Kitchen at The Treehouse

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Memorial's popular Liberty Kitchen at The Treehouse has seen a major increase in foot traffic recently.

While Liberty Kitchen at The Treehouse stayed in line with the median 1.6% increase in new reviews for businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp over the past month, the business saw visits double, according to SafeGraph's foot traffic data.

There's more abuzz in the world of Houston seafood: Hu's Cooking has seen a 11.6% increase in reviews.

Open for business at 963 Bunker Hill Road, Suite 110,  since September, Liberty Kitchen at The Treehouse offers burgers, seafood, salad, soup and steak. On the menu, look for the grilled fish tacos with slaw, creamy verde sauce, grilled lime, salad and caribe black beans; the Texas yellow-fin tuna; and the pork belly carnitas BBLT with marinated tomato, lettuce and steak aioli on sourdough. (Review the entire menu here.)

Liberty Kitchen at The Treehouse is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday. According to SafeGraph, it usually gets busy at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., and on Tuesdays and Mondays, so go on Saturdays if you want to avoid the rush.

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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