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Four Chicago Spots Make Bon Appetit's List Of 50 Best New Restaurants

By Stephen Gossett in Food on Aug 2, 2016 5:28PM

Pub Royale (Photo credit: Martha Williams)

Bon Appetit Magazine on Tuesday released its annual, taste-making list of America’s 50 best new restaurants; and local diners should be happy (if not surprised) to see that four Chicago spots made the cut. (Only New York City has more selections, with five. But that’s not matter—it’s not like there’s some kind of perceived rivalry between the cities.)

Chicago’s best debuts, according to the list, are Ukrainian Village “new-school brasserie” Boeufhaus, West Loop pasta standout Monteverde, West Town casual Indian spot Pub Royale and Grant Achatz and company’s Roister, in Fulton Market. Ten restaurants will then be chosen from the list and ranked as the magazine’s Hot 10 in mid-August.

In April, Chicagoist wrote, “Boeufhaus is a surprisingly ambitious restaurant and certainly more than just a steakhouse. Right now it's not too crowded, but it won't be that way for long.” That probably goes doubly now.

On Monteverede, Chicagoist spoke with chef Sarah Gruenberg and published a photo gallery of some of those made-before-your-eyes plates last November. Former Chicagoist food editor Melissa McEwen called the food at Pub Royale "brash" and the flavors "intense" in a positive appraisal in May, 2015. And we took a quick peek at Roister’s “casual” but “not simple”(indeed) restaurant back in March.