— America’s first booze-serving Taco Bell opened in Wicker Park less than two years ago — and soon Chicago alone will have three. The third is slated to open a block from the Magnificent Mile at 205 E. Ohio St. in late August or early September, DNAinfo reports, joining a Loop location at 407 S. Dearborn St. that’s slated to open around the same time. Boozy bells have since opened in other cities, including San Francisco and Las Vegas.
— Only in Chicago would a 5K race include shots of Malort before and after running 3.1 miles. That’s what’ll happen at a race celebrating the Chicago Fire Soccer Club supporters group Section 8 on Aug. 20, Time Out Chicago reports. Tickets are available here.
— Business Insider released its picks for the 50 best restaurants in America and Chicago does very well in it. The restaurants, which the magazine calls “a definitive ranking” of due to its breaking down of other lists and awards (including Eater, the Michelin Guide, the World’s 50 Best, and the James Beard Award Foundation semifinalists), include nine local spots out of 50 total: Next (50), Grace (49), Roister (42), Everest (41), Spiaggia (30), Blackbird (27), Oriole (25), Topolobampo (19), and Alinea (1). Hat tip to Chicagoist for first noticing the story.
— Moody Tongue brewmaster Jared Rouben brings back his acclaimed farmer’s market beer series this week, where he picks one ingredient from one farm to brew a very small batch of one beer a week. Rouben last did the series five years ago, according to a news release. He’ll kick it off on Thursday with peeled early golden plum pilsner, using plums from Mick Klug Farms in St. Joseph, Mich., which will be on sale at his Pilsen tasting room first-come, first-served.
— And finally, in an apparent response to Heinz’s marketing ploy last week to rebrand its ketchup as “dog sauce,” Gulden’s mustard is giving away free hot dogs the next two days “in defense of the Chicago-style hot dog and the holy grail of toppings,” a news release states. The gratis wieners will be available at America’s Dog Navy Pier today from 4-7 p.m. and Chubby Wieners at 4652 N. Western Ave. tomorrow from 4-7 p.m.