The fried gator ribs with remoulade and potato salad at Frontier.
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.
The Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division. A pre-Father’s Day Pig Roast, featuring all-you-can-eat pulled pork sandwiches with slaw and pit-smoked beans, is noon to 3 p.m. June 16; $15. Sample drafts of Sam Adams’ new Curious Traveler beer, $3. Call (773) 772-6656; thesmokedaddy.com .
g.e.b., 841 W. Randolph. Chef Graham Elliot’s newest eatery features dishes priced under $20. The menu, created by Executive Chef Jacob Saben, includes shrimp, avocado and yucca,$12; risotto, artichoke and lemon, $11; and trout, spaetzle and sorrell, $18. Call (312) 888-2258; gebistro.com .
Bread and Wine, 3732 W. Irving Park. Chef Curtis Gamble launches an a la carte weekend brunch 10 a.m. June 16. Menu items include cured pork belly, crispy poached egg, cheddar grits and hot sauce; $12. Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (773) 866-5266; breadandwinechicago.com .
Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee. Chef Brian Jupiter’s Odd Bit Monday special June 18 is fried gator ribs with remoulade and potato salad; $12. Call (773) 772; 4322; thefrontierchicago.com .
I dream of deals
I Dream of Falafel, participating locations. Dads eat free, with the purchase of an entree, June 14-16, available lunch or dinner with dine in or carry-out orders. Selections include falafel, chicken shawarma, doner or kefta kebabs. Also, on June 21, the restaurant serves up $3 specials, includes a beverage. Visit idreamoffalafel.com .
Pour it on
Old Town Pour House, 1419 N. Wells. The “Bison and Beer” menu, available June 17, includes Arrogant Bastard bison Texas-style chili with corn bread muffin, $5, cup; $7, bowl. Call (312) 477-2800; oldtownpourhouse.com .
Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand, Deer Park. The secret is: SubRosa: An Underground Dining Experience at 8 p.m. June 22. Guests will be emailed the location June 21; $50. Call (847) 726-7755.
Ti Amo, 1001 W. Golf, Hoffman Estates. Father’s Day brunch, available 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 ($19.95), includes a prime rib carving station and dessert table, along with selections such as French toast, fresh fruit, tilapia in a lemon sauce; chicken Parmigiana, and rigatoni. Kids under age 10, $12.95. Call (847) 519-0601; tiamoitaliano.com .
Drink of the week
Tokio Pub, 1900 E. Higgins, Schaumburg. The pub’s single mingle event 7 to 10 p.m. June 21; $25, includes appetizers and a choice of two festive drinks, including the passion punch (Svedka citron, parma liqueur and tropical fruit juices garnished with a raspberry and grilled pineapple). Call (847) 278-5181; tokiopub.com .
Deal of the week
Socca, 3301 N. Clark. Father’s Day specials, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 17, include lobster hash (diced Yukon Gold potatoes, caramelized onions, peppers sauteed in butter with fresh lobster tail, topped with two fresh farm fried eggs and hollandaise; $22. Call (773) 248-1155; soccachicago.com .