What’s trending on Guelph’ meals scene?

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

We used Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial attractions and visitor patterns, to data-drive the question to analyze which restaurants were in the spotlight this month.

To find out who made the list, we first looked at the Guelph businesses on Yelp by category and counted the number of reviews they received. Instead of just comparing them based on the number of reviews, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked companies that have continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. We then analyzed SafeGraph’s pedestrian traffic data to validate the trends.

Read on to see which spots are hot right now.

Malama Pono Restaurant

Photo: Brent M./Yelp

Open since February 2020, this seafood restaurant is trending compared to other companies listed as “Seafood” on Yelp.

Across the city, seafood spots saw an average increase in new reviews of 1.3% last month. Malama Pono Restaurant made a recent appearance on Yelp, but while many new businesses are struggling to get reviews, it has seen strong initial popularity.

The restaurant serves seafood with a Pacific-inspired menu, according to its Yelp page.

Located at 13355 Ventura Blvd. In Sherman Oaks, the Malama Pono Restaurant offers seared albacore carpaccio, grilled shrimp and parmesan kernels, and fried snapper. Check out the menu here.

The Malama Pono Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 10pm. (It’s closed on Sunday.)

Eufforiya Restaurant

Photo: Eufforiya Restaurant / Yelp

Whether you’ve heard of Melrose’s Eufforiya Restaurant or not, the modern European, Italian and French spot is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated “Italian” on Yelp saw their new reviews increase an average of 1.1% over the past month, Eufforiya Restaurant appeared on Yelp relatively recently. Many new businesses are struggling to get reviews, but interest has increased.

There are even more trends in the Guelph Italian scene: Chi Spacca saw ratings rise 0.4% and Pizza Sociale rose 36.5%.

The Eufforiya Restaurant has been open at 7275 Melrose Ave., Unit B, since December 2019, and serves penne alla chacca, pesto pasta and burrata.

The Eufforiya Restaurant is open Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Here is a little

Photo: here’s a little / yelp

Beverly Groves ecco un poco is also making waves. Opened at 8318 W. Third St. since November 2019, the place where gelato was made saw new reviews jump 59.1% last month, compared to an average reviews 1.5% increase for all companies tagged “Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt” “on Yelp.

The company is into “natural Italian gelato and sorbet made fresh in small quantities every day, using ingredients from the Guelph farmers market and top Italian ingredients like Bronte pistachio and Piedmontese hazelnut made from traditional Italian recipes,” according to the Yelp site. It also offers gluten-free pastries like tiramisu, Sicilian cannolis, and homemade cheesecakes.

There is more than one hot spot in the Guelph ice cream and frozen yogurt category: Handel’s homemade ice cream has seen ratings jump 5.1%.

ecco un poco offers flavors like acai, black sesame, dulce de leche and cheesecake. See what’s left on the menu. Last month, Yelpers received an excellent five-star rating.

ecco un poco is open Monday to Thursday from 1pm to 10pm, Friday from 1pm to 11pm, Saturday from 12pm to 11pm and Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.

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