— Elske in West Loop (No. 2) and Giant in Logan Square (No. 6) represented Chicago in Bon Appétit’s top 10 “Best New Restaurants” list for 2017. The magazine’s top 50 also included Mi Tocaya Antojería in Logan Square and Smyth and The Loyalist in West Loop. BA continues to fawn over Chicago after awarding the city it its “Restaurant City of the Year” last week. No Chicago restaurant made the top 10 in 2016, but four — Boeufhaus, Monteverde, Pub Royale, and Roister — made the top 50.
— Chicago: Known for hot dogs, deep-dish pizza, and poke bowls? Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co. announced plans to open restaurants in Los Angeles, Miami, Minnesota, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. Look for a location in San Diego in winter 2018, reported Eater San Diego. They’re already opening in Denver inside a food hall helmed by Revival Food Hall’s former general manager, Justin Anderson.
— Beermiscuous, the beer cafe near the Lincoln Park/Lakeview border, 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., will host a launch party on Saturday for the owner’s new book. The Beermiscuous Field Guide is a guide to Chicago’s brewpubs and taprooms. Those attending Saturday’s event can buy the book for half off. For more details, check out the Facebook page. Buy the book via Amazon here.
— Philadelphia really likes Federal Donuts, its popular chain that’s even led to a doughnut-flavored beer. Chef Michael Solomonov — who in May won the Beard Award for “Outstanding Chef” for his work at Philly restaurant Zahav — will appear in Chicago on Sept. 21 at the Metro in Chicago. Solomonov, along with business partner Steve Cook, own Federal, Philadelphia’s doughnut and fried chicken restaurant. Solomonov will chat about his new book, Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story. Tickets ($38, come with a signed book and doughnuts) are available here. The Metro is Lakeview’s legendary concert venue and Solomonov’s appearance just reiterates that chefs are the new rock stars.
— Tickets are on sale for the second-annual Fulton Market Harvest Festival. The street fest takes places on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1 near Fulton Market and Halsted Street in the West Loop. The fest is curated by Iron Chef Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Duck Duck Goat) and One Off Hospitality’s Paul Kahan (Publican). There’s demonstrations, classes, and pop-ups. Vendors include Publican, Girl & the Goat, Spiaggia, Swift & Sons, and Kuma’s Corner. The special events cost extra, but GA tickets cost $30 (purchase them here). There’s also VIP tickets that cost $200.