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Dated: October 1 2019
Want the scoop on Sacramento'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 uncover which restaurants have been getting outsized notice this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at Sacramento 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 on a hot streak this autumn.
Open since March, this Cajun/Creole spot, which offers seafood and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp.
Citywide, seafood spots saw a median 1.2% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Cajun Madness saw a 19% increase, maintaining a superior 4.5-star rating throughout. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Cajun Madness's review count increased by more than 150%.
Located at 6035 Stockton Blvd. in Fruitridge Manor, Cajun Madness is a family-run restaurant that serves up authentic Cajun cuisine, including fried oysters, fish and calamari, alongside Maine lobster, Dungeness crab and mussels.
Cajun Madness is open from 3 p.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.
Bacon & Butter
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about East Sacramento's Bacon & Butter, the breakfast and brunch and New American spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 1.1% increase in new reviews over the past month, Bacon & Butter bagged a 15.9% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a solid four-star rating. It significantly outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.4 times more reviews than expected based on its past performance.
There's more that's trending on Sacramento's New American scene: Camden Spit & Larder has seen a 7.7% increase in reviews, and Yard House and Crawdads On The River have seen 5.5 and 1.4% increases, respectively.
Open at 3839 J St. since January, Bacon & Butter offers early morning eats such as pear and pecan French toast, smashed fries with bacon gravy and the Kitchen Sink — a breakfast staple with lardon, eggs, caramelized onions, crispy potatoes, mushrooms and spinach.
Bacon & Butter is open from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekends. (It's closed on Monday.)
Scott's Burger Shack
North City Farms's Scott's Burger Shack is also making waves. Open for more than a decade at 4127 Franklin Blvd., the well-established fast food and traditional American spot, which offers burgers and more, has seen a 1.3% increase in new reviews over the last month — matching that of all businesses tagged "American (Traditional)" on Yelp — but visits to Scott's Burger Shack increased by more than 50% over the same time frame, according to SafeGraph's foot traffic data.
Scott's Burger Shack offers more than 20 burgers, as well as grilled beef tacos, chicken taquitos, jalapeño poppers and deep-fried zucchini. Shakes and malts in flavors like chocolate, peanut butter, watermelon and cookie dough are also available.
Over the past month, it's maintained a healthy four-star rating among Yelpers.
Scott's Burger Shack is open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday.) According to SafeGraph, it's usually busiest at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and people visit Scott's Burger Shack most on Fridays and Thursdays, with a slowdown on Mondays.