The chicken saltimbocca at Shiraz on the Water at the Hilton Indian Lake Resort.
Updated: March 8, 2012 3:36PM
From upscale to low-cal, the Sun-Times’ “Big Deals” column brings readers the dish on food and drink specials that will not break the bank.
Riva Crab House at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand. Drop in to see a movie at the IMAX theater and receive 20 percent off lunch or dinner (excludes drinks) when presenting show tickets. Some restrictions apply. Also, new daily drink deals include $5 Tito vodka cocktails, Tuesday; $6 Cazadores Reposado margaritas, Thursday, and $7 Three Olive vodka cocktails, Friday. Call (312) 644-7482; rivanavypier.com .
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks. The bar stretches its St. Patrick’s Day celebration into a four-day event, March 15-18. Drink specials include the Irish Apple martini, $8; Conway’s Irish Ale Pints, $6; Jameson Irish coffee, $7. Brunch specials, available March 17-18, include Irish Benedict (two poached eggs atop an English muffin with corned beef and Hollandaise sauce served with O’Toole’s potatoes), $8.99, and Guinness French toast casserole (thick cut egg bread dipped in house-made Guinness batter cooked and sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar and served with maple syrup), $8.99. Call (312) 642-0700; timothyotooles.com .
Carmine’s, 1043 N. Rush. March Madness comes off the court and into the kitchen during the restaurant’s game-day half-price lunch and dinner (dine-in only, excludes drinks) offer, available in the bar, March 11-April 2. (312) 988-7676;
Gift with purchase
Cityscape Bar in the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center Dr. Receive a BOGO dinner gift certificate to dine at ItaliAsia (adjacent to the bar) when attending the Vino with a View complimentary wine tasting at 6 p.m. March 15. Call (312) 836-5000; cityscapebar.com .
Quay Restaurant, 465 E. Illinois. Catch the games along with the March Madness burger and beer special, ($15) available during lunch and dinner Thursdays and Fridays, beginning March 15. Call (312) 981-8400; quaychicago.com .
Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton. Chef David Dworshak creates his own March madness with the “Prix Fixe Thursday” monthly dinner menu, using locally-grown seasonal ingredients, $33. Call (312) 850-5005; carnivalechicago.com .
TL’s Four Seasons Chinese & Japanese Restaurant, 110 W. Bartlett, Bartlett. The restaurant’s three-soup flight (Chongqing noodle, Chongqing-style beef noodle and wonton noodle, $10.95) is available through March 31. Call (630) 830-1988; tlsfourseasons.com .
BLT American Brasserie, 500 W. Superior. Chef Laurent Tourondel’s new eggs & brunch special features menu dishes such as egg frittata with turkey maple sausage, smoked Gouda with jalapeno, asparagus, fine herbs, scallion and arugula, regularly $15, served with an hour of endless champagne for $26. Brunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call (312) 948-8744; bltamericanbrasserie.com .
Drink of the week
Gather Bar at Renaissance Schaumburg, 1551 N. Thoreau, Schaumburg. The Not-So-Kiddie cocktail (Effen vodka, Sierra Mist, grenadine, and maraschino cherry, $10) has grown-up appeal. Call (847) 303-4022; marriott.com .
Deal of the week
Shiraz on the Water at the Hilton Indian Lake Resort, 250 W. Schick, Bloomingdale. Chef Carol Buckantz’s “Early Feast” three-course prix fixe menu, available 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, will be available through March 31; $23. Entree choices include chicken saltimbocca (semi-boneless chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, Gruyere and sage with a marsala glaze and served with crispy polenta). Call (630) 671-5013; shirazonthewater.com .