The Goi Cuon (soft salad rolls with shrimp, rice vermicelli, lettuce, bean sprouts all wrapped in rice paper with a peanut plum dipping sauce) at Le Colonial.
Updated: July 9, 2012 6:05AM
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.
Butcher & the Burger, 1021 W. Armitage. Cool down at the eatery’s pop-up front porch custard cart. A rotation of flavors, $4 each, includes pina colada, pistachio, Butterfinger, bacon and goat cheese and peanut butter-banana. Call (773) 697-3735; butcherandtheburger.com .
Shaw’s Crab House, downtown and Schaumburg location. Maine lobster headlines the restaurant’s summer Lobster Festival. Specialty dishes, available through July 31, include the three-course New England lobster boil (cup of clam chowder or lobster bisque, lobster, corn on the cob, boiled red potatoes, cole slaw and slice of Key lime pie, $36.99). Visit shawscrabhouse.com .
His and hers
Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush. Seasonal cocktails include “Mr. Cool Q” (Grey Goose vodka, Mr. Q cucumber and lime soda, fresh lime, $10) and the “Strawberry Blonde” martini (Belvedere black raspberry vodka, strawberry puree, sweet and sour mix, strawberry liqueur, fresh pineapple juice, $13). Call (312) 664-9600; tavernonrush.com .
Freshii, participating locations. Anniversary deals, available June 11-17, include daily $5 lunch options; BOGO breakfast deals before 11 a.m.; and BOGO frozen yogurt after 2 p.m. Visit freshii.com .
The Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 N. Lincoln. New house cocktails, available through June 15, include the “Mani Pedi” (Beefeater gin, amaro nonino, aperol, raspberry syrup, lemon, orange bitters, Champagne, $11). Call (773) 857-0421; barrelhouseflat.com .
Le Colonial, 937 N. Rush. Chef Chan Le’s “Summer in Saigon” menu, available Saturday and Sunday through the end of summer, includes one Banh Mi sandwich (choice of barbecue, seared chicken breast, or lightly fried tofu) paired with a choice of two sides that include Goi Cuon (soft salad rolls with shrimp, rice vermicelli, lettuce, bean sprouts all wrapped in rice paper with a peanut plum dipping sauce) and Pho (oxtail soup with rice noodles, beef tenderloin and herbs; $20. Call (312) 255-0088; lecolonialchicago.com .
Frozen wine novelties
Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus. Winesicles, frozen novelties made with wine ($5 (each), include muscatsicles (Muscat, orange juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup, pinch of salt); sauvignon rouge-sicles (Cabernet Sauvignon, apple juice, cranberry juice, simple syrup, lime juice); sauvignon blancsicles (Sauvignon Blanc, lime juice, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, apple juice) and champagnesicles (Champagne, orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice, pinch of salt). Available through summer. Call (312) 296-6420; fairmont.com/chicago .
Drink of the week
Mercadito Chicago, 108 W. Kinzie. Summer drinks include the Black Sand (tequila blanco, watermelon, dry vermouth, Mexican oregano, mint and black salt, $12). Call (312) 329-9555; mercaditochicago.com .
Deal of the week
Ethiopian Diamond I Restaurant, 6120 N. Broadway. Chef/owner Almaz Yigizaw, using many recipes passed along by her grandmother in Gando, Ethiopia, presents an early summer dinner at 6:30 p.m. June 9, $54, all inclusive. Dishes include crispy dough shells stuffed with minced meat or vegetables; cooked whole lentils mixed with chopped onions and green peppers seasoned with garlic, lemon and pepper; and choice of meat, seafood or vegetarian entree; plus dessert. Call (708) 383-7543; chicagogourmets.org .