The “Shark Bite” (Bacardi Limon rum, Skyy vodka, blue curacao, sweet and sour, and grenadine) at Joe’s Crab Shack.
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.
TL’s Four Seasons, 110 W. Bartlett, Bartlett. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the restaurant rolls out the “Pink Lady” (bigeye and white tuna with asparagus wrapped in pink soy nori paper, topped with an avocado lychee sauce, $10.95), available through Oct. 31. A portion of the proceeds benefit Palatine-based Wellness Place. Call (630) 830-1988; tlsfourseasons.com .
Tokio Pub, 1900 E. Higgins, Schaumburg. On National Taco Day, Oct. 4, $1 tacos will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (847) 278-5181; tokiopub.com .
All Chocolate Kitchen, 33 S. Third, Geneva. October is National Dessert Month and Hall of Fame sugar artist Alain Roby is serving up month-long deals beginning Oct. 3 with $1 off the pumpkin-caramel custard. On Oct. 26 receive $3 off Chef Roby’s blown-sugar pumpkin. Call (630) 232-2395; allchocolatekitchen.com.
Koi, 624 Davis, Evanston. Dine-in guests receive a complimentary Chinese mooncake Sept. 30. Call (847) 866-6969; koievanston.com .
Cheese and beer benefit
The Chopping Block, 4747 N. Lincoln. Visiting grilling expert Russ Faulk cooks up artisan cheese sandwiches during the grilled cheese and craft beer cookout, benefitting Common Threads, 11 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Limited space; $5. You must register by calling (773) 472-6700 or visiting
McGee’s, Tavern & Grille, 950 W. Webster. The Oktoberfest unlimited brunch buffet ($15.95), and Great Lakes Brewing tasting, that includes Oktoberfestbier ($10, for 1-liter steins), is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30. Call (773) 868-8073; bar1events.com .
deca Restaurant + Bar at the Ritz Carlton, 160 E. Pearson. Chef Mark Payne’s 10 days of specialty pork dishes ($12-$19) beginning Oct. 1, include glazed pork belly, English pork pie and slow-roasted Gunthorp Farm ham. The event concludes Oct. 10 with porchetta and a four-course “Pork-tastic” menu paired with beers, $59. Call (312) 573-5160; deca
Drink of the week
Joe’s Crab Shack,
participating locations. Fall drinks include the “Shark Bite” (Bacardi Limon rum, Skyy vodka, blue curacao, sweet and sour, and grenadine, $8.49); joescrabshack.com .
Deal of the week
Due-Lire Vino & Cucina, 4520 N. Lincoln. The “Festa di Porchetta” menu, available 2-5 p.m. Sept. 30, includes roasted suckling pig with apricot demi-glaze and pork au jus, caramelized Brussels sprouts with pecorino cheese and mint, roasted potatoes and cauliflower-filled agnolotti, $25. Call (773) 275-7878;