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What You Need To Know About the Chicago Dining Scene This Week

Bon Appétit gives Chicago restaurants some love.

Pub Royale   Photo: Peter Ranvestel

Openings

Chef John Manion (La Sirena Clandestina) brings Midwestern fare with a “Latin-local” twist at El Che Bar (845 W. Washington Blvd., West Loop, 312-265-1130), his long-awaited second concept.

Fresh (ahem) off last month’s opening in the new Target Lincoln Park, healthy fast-casual chain Freshii is now slinging salads, wraps, quinoa bowls, and fresh juices in the West Loop (1164 W Madison St., 312-989-3836).

Cold-pressed juice bar Owen + Alchemy has popped up indefinitely (1211 W. Webster Ave., 773-227-3444) inside the elu Boutique in Lincoln Park.

Get ready for Chickenjoy, Yum Burgers, and Jolly Spaghetti, North Shore. Beloved Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee (3534 W. Touhy Ave., 847-674-3900) has landed in Skokie.

The Loyalist (177 N. Ada St., West Loop, 773-913-3774), the casual tavern half on the first floor of dual-concept Smyth & the Loyalist, is now serving elevated bar fare and seasonal cocktails. Expect the tasting-menu Smyth to follow this fall.

From Kickstarter campaign to coffee shop, Damn Fine Coffee Bar (3317 W. Armitage Ave., 773-904-7051) brings espressos and drip and pourover coffee from Halfwit Coffee Roasters to Logan Square.

Morsels

Four local spots got some love in Bon Appétit’s list of the 50 best new restaurants around the country: next-gen steak spot Boeufhaus, pasta temple Monteverde, British-Indian mashup Pub Royale, and Grant Achatz’s latest, Roister. In a few weeks, the list will be cut down to just 10 places from across the country, but for now, congrats to the honorees.

Now through August 12, you can celebrate Chicago’s black-owned restaurants during Black Chicago Eats Week (or two weeks, really). The Tribune has an interview with its organizer, Toure Muhammad, as well as some suggested destinations to get you started.

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