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Hoyt's $100 truffle burger

Hoyt's $100 truffle burger

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Updated: November 9, 2012 9:22AM

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.

Light fare

Bombay Spice Wine and Grill, 450 N. Clark. During the Diwali Festival of Lights Nov. 8-12, a dinner for two (valued at $100), which includes two appetizers, a build-your-own bowl or Biryana bowl, pratha, a sampler of their signature sauces along with dessert sampler, is only $49.95. Call (312) 477-7657; .

Fall flavors

Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark. Fall specials include pot de creme (sweet potato and chocolate ganache layered with crushed benne brittle and creme fraiche), $8; bourbon ginger bread pudding, $7; crispy pork skins, $5, and Southern-fried quail, $18. Call (773) 275-5725; .

Fall harvest

Fiorenza, 7404 W. Madison, Forest Park. Fall harvest editions include an acorn squash appetizer with red and yellow zucchini and goat cheese, $12. Call (708) 366-1400; .

Seasonal fare

Zak’s Place, 112 S. Washington, Hinsdale. Fall items include panko-crusted pork belly with sweet potato puree, orange and honey reduction with jicama apple cole slaw, $11. Call (630) 323-9257; .

Rabbit season

Atwood Cafe, 1 W. Washington. Among Chef Derek Simcik’s fall specialty items is rabbit scallopini (breaded, pan-fried slice of rabbit saddles and tenderloins with haricot verts, fennel and splash of cider, $27). Visit .

Daily specials

Brasserie 54, 5420 N. Clark. New daily specials include charcuterie or fromage with a glass of wine, $12 (Monday); all-you-can-eat mussels, $15 (Tuesday); and $6 bartender’s choice cocktails (Wednesday and Thursday). Call (773) 334-9463; .

Silk screening

Silk Asian Tavern, 4 E. Phillip, Vernon Hills. The new Asian restaurant, which incorporates Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese cuisine, hosts a grand opening event offering food samples, beer and soft drinks, from 3-7 p.m. Nov. 15, $20. Proceeds benefit Advocate Condell Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology services. Also, guests receive a 10 per cent discount on all menu items Nov. 12-14 including the Mongolian beef entree. Visit .

Drink of the week

Bar Novo, 1 W. Wacker. Warm up to the seasonal basil-blood orange gimlet (Finlandia tangerine vodka, blood orange limoncello, basil and lime), $11. Visit .

Deal of the week

Hoyt’s, 71 E. Wacker. Chef Aaron Munson will offer 10 of his truffle burgers (Wagyu beef infused and topped with Australian black truffles with Camembert cheese, lamb’s lettuce on a pain de mie bun served with truffle fries, a $100 value) for a limited time between 9-11 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, for $20. Call (312) 346-9870; .

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