The duck bratwurst (homemade duck brat with ribolita cake sunnyside upsunnyside-up egg and duck crackling at Hubbard Inn.
Updated: August 7, 2012 6:15AM
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.
Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard. Summer grilling takes a twist with Chef Bob Zrenner’s duck bratwurst (homemade pork and duck brat) served with ribolita cake sunnyside-up egg and duck crackling); $15, dinner; $12, lunch. Call (312) 222-1331; hubbardinn.com .
Red, white and cool
312 Chicago, 136 N. La Salle. Chef Luca Corazzina salutes National Ice Cream Month with a vanilla bean gelato and fruit salad (kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries marinated with lemon juice and sugar, topped with whipped cream and cured cherries) available through July 31; $8. Call (312) 696-2420; 312chicago.com .
Mommy and me
Sprinkles, 50 E. Walton. Buy a cupcake and your child gets one free during the “Mommy Happy Hour,” 9-11 a.m. July 9-13. Visit sprinkles.com .
Hoyt’s in Hotel 71, 71 E. Wacker. The restaurant launches its “Summer State Fair” menu, July 6. Small plates and summer cocktails, such as fried chorizo stuffed bacon wrapped dates with a blue cheese aioli; $8 and Grandma’s whiskey float (Goose Island root beer; whiskey gelato; and a shot of Wild Turkey; $13), will be around til summer’s end. Call (312) 346-9870; hoytschicago.com .
French food revolution
Mon Ami Gabi, both locations. Food and drink specials for Bastille Day
festivities, July 12-18, include chilled pea soup
with radish and mint;
$6.95; peppery arugula salad with duck confit and grilled peach, $11.95; and bouillabaisse with fresh seafood and smoky rouille, $28.95. Call (773) 348-8886; (630) 472-1900; monamigabi.com .
Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron. National Mojito Day is July 11, and mixologist Liz Samples whips up cocktails using market-fresh ingredients for the occasion. Drinks, available July 9-12, include strawberry, blueberry-lime, and peach mojitos; $9 each. Half-priced tapas and ceviche will be available 5-7 p.m. in the bar, lounge or patio. Call (312) 664-2727; n27chicago.com .
Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. La Salle. Chef Russell Kook gives a nod to truffle season with lobster risotto with arborio rice, lobster bisque, creme fraiche, chives, lobster meat and black Perigord truffles from Australia; $50. Call (312) 329-1800; chicagocut
Drink of the Week
Crimson Lounge, 333 N. Dearborn. A top summer cocktail pick is the Caribbean Queen (Absolut Vanilla; Malibu coconut; Kahlua, condensed milk, Nescafe, garnished with coconut flakes); $12. Call (312) 923-2473; crimsonchicago.com .
Deal of the Week
Pier 37 Bar & Grill at Harborside International Golf Course, 11001 S. Doty. Chef Don Zajac’s five-course Goose Island craft beer dinner at 6 p.m. July 12, includes braised short rib with gorgonzola polenta and grilled broccoli rabe with Nut Brown Ale; $65. Call (312) 782-7837;