(Hoodline)—Want the scoop on Atlanta’s buzziest local spots?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which restaurants have been getting a noteworthy increase in attention this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Atlanta 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 increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are riding a trend, right now.


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Open since 2019, this beer bar, wine bar and New American spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “American (New)” on Yelp.

Citywide, New American spots saw a median 1.7 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Boxcar saw a noteworthy 128.6 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a 4.5-star rating a month ago to four stars today.

Located at 1000 White St. in the West End, Boxcar offers 28 different beers on tap, burgers and more.

Little Alley Steak – Buckhead

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Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about Little Alley Steak – Buckhead, the steakhouse and bar is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as “Bars” on Yelp saw a median 2.5 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Little Alley Steak – Buckhead bagged a 7.1 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating.

Open at 3500 Lenox Road NE, Suite #100, Little Alley Steak – Buckhead offers small plates, wine, bourbon, high-end steaks and more.

Whiskey Bird

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Morningside – Lenox Park’s Whiskey Bird is also making waves. Open since 2017 at 1409 N. Highland Ave. NE, the well-established New American and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers tapas and more, has seen a 5.2 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2 percent for all businesses tagged “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp.

Whiskey Bird offers Hong Kong sliders, tacos and more. Over the past month, it’s maintained a healthy 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

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Blandtown’s Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours is the city’s buzziest Southern spot by the numbers.

The soul food and Southern spot, which offers desserts and more at 1133 Huff Road NW, Suite D, increased its new review count by 4.7 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.7 percent for the Yelp category “Southern.”

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, which has four stars from 381 reviews on Yelp, offers fried chicken, pimento cheese grit casserole, black-eyed peas and more.