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The Big Deals 05.18.12

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The pizza burger with fries at Franklin Tap.

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Updated: June 29, 2012 8:40AM

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.

Cheers to you

The Red Canary, 695 N. Milwaukee. In celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week, enjoy $2 off all crafted drafts, cans and bottles 5 p.m. to midnight May 21-23. Call (312) 846-1475; .

Lager feld

Mahoney’s Pub & Grille, 551 N. Ogden. Try 10, three-ounce samples of crafted beer and complimentary sausage bites during the pub’s Lager Jam event noon to 3 p.m. May 19, $20; $25 at the door. Call (312) 733-2121; .

Summit treat

Magnolia Bakery, 108 N. State. NATO-inspired cupcakes (vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream, topped with blue nonpareils, $3) will be around to May 25. Visit .

Hot PL8

PL8 Simply Asian, 736 W. Northwest Hwy., Barrington. Be among the first to sample Lagunitas surprise seasonal brew during the restaurant’s patio-opening party, 6-8 p.m. May 24, $50. Pairings include spicy Sichuan wild-caught shrimp with Lagunitas Lil Sumpin, Sumpin Ale. Reservations required. Call (847) 382-1988; .

Gourmet burgers on tap

Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin. The bar’s burger of the week, available May 21-26, is the pizza (half pound hand-formed ground beef patty topped with provolone, marinara sauce, sliced black olives, sauteed mushrooms, served with choice of side $11. All burgers are $5 Saturdays. Call (312) 212-3262; .

Welcome neighbor

Brasserie by LM, 800 N. Michigan. Mention the word “neighbor” during the NATO conference, May 18-21, and receive a 20 percent discount. Call (312) 431-1788;

Real good

Real Urban Barbecue, 610 Central, Highland Park. Grilling specials, May 21-28, include A Brisket flight (smoked waygu, smoke prime; and smoked black Angus with two sides and sauces), $16.95. Call (224) 770-4227.

Here’s the scoop

JBar/David Burke Primehouse, 610 N. Rush. Pastry Chef Jove Hubbard’s pop-up ice cream cart returns 3-5 p.m. Fridays. Selections for May 18 are strawberry white chocolate cheesecake. Scoops are $5 (cash only). Visit

Drink of the week

The Terrace at the Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior. Toast the summer with the Golden Apple (Absolut Orient apple, sauterene, crowned with 24-kt gold leaf flakes) cocktail, $24. Call (312) 573-6695; .

Deal of the week

Gioco, 1312 S. Wabash. It’s Lambrusco week and the restaurant salutes the occasion with an enticing dish — five spices braised suckling pig belly prepared with red wine and served with a shrimp salad ($31) — available through May 20. Call (312) 939-3870; .

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