Get these trending Seattle restaurants on your radar now

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Sawyer. | Photo: Ashwin R./Yelp

Sawyer. | Photo: Ashwin R./Yelp

Get these trending Seattle restaurants on your radar now

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 uncover which restaurants have been getting outsized notice this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Seattle 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.

Read on to see which spots are sizzling hot this autumn.


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Open since August, this modern restaurant is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “American (New)” on Yelp.

Citywide, New American spots saw review counts increase by a median of 1.7 percent over the past month, but Sawyer saw a 59.5 percent increase, with a slight downward trend from a 4.5-star rating a month ago to four stars today.

Located in a renovated 1920s sawmill at 5309 22nd Ave. NW in Ballard, Sawyer offers small and large plates that are designed for family-style sharing. Look for cheesy bread, chicken wings and potato gnocchi along with chicken, steak and salmon entrees.

Old Stove Brewing

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Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about Pike Place Market’s Old Stove Brewing, the brewpub, which offers seafood, burgers and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as “seafood” on Yelp increased their review count by a median of 1.8 percent over the past month, Old Stove Brewing bagged a 27.8 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a superior four-star rating.

There’s more that’s trending on Seattle’s seafood scene: Rider has seen a 11.9 percent increase in reviews.

Open at 1901 Western Ave., Suite A, since April 2016, Old Stove Brewing features craft beers on tap that can be paired with small plates, flatbreads and entrees. Seafood offerings include seasonal raw oysters, clam and bacon chowder, mussels and clams, wood-roasted wild salmon and paella.

Brother Joe

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Georgetown’s Brother Joe is the city’s buzziest breakfast and brunch spot by the numbers.

The craft coffee and tea house, which opened at 5629 Airport Way South in June of this year, increased its review count by 29.7 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median review increase of 1.8 percent for the Yelp category “breakfast & brunch.”

It’s not the only trending outlier in the breakfast and brunch category: Retreat has seen a 15.2 percent increase in reviews.

Brother Joe offers a variety of caffeinated beverage options such as espressos, americanos, macchiatos, mochas, cappuccinos, lattes and cold brews, as well as brunch fare like steak and grits, pancakes and smoked brisket hash. Here’s the menu.

Crown Hill Broiler

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Open since May, this bar and eatery is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “burgers” on Yelp.

Citywide, burger joints saw review counts increase by a median of 1.8 percent over the past month, but Crown Hill Broiler saw a 21.4 percent increase, maintaining a convincing 4.5-star rating throughout.

Located at 8037 15th Ave. NW in Ballard, Crown Hill Broiler offers appetizers, burgers, salads, sandwiches and craft beers. Look for the signature Western Broiler Burger with cheddar cheese, onion rings, thick-cut bacon, barbecue sauce and garlic aioli. Here’s the menu.