The Blackhawk cocktail at Bar Novo.
Updated: January 16, 2013 5:52PM
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.
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks. Salute National Beer Can Day, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Jan. 24 with a variety of $2 cans of beer that includes Miller High Life, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Hamm’s, Red Hook Longhammer, New Belgium Shift Lager, SKA Modus Hoperandi and Brooklyn Lager. Call (312) 642-0700; timothyotooles.com .
Paris Club, 59 W. Hubbard. Chef Alex Ageneau’s onion soup gratinee with bubbling gruyere cheese is not to be missed, $7.95. Visit parisclubchicago.com .
‘Goose,’ goose, duck
City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. Goose Island presents duck taco Tuesdays ($2 tacos and complimentary GIB 312 beer with $10 admission) featuring Chef Andres Barrera’s braised duck, cabbage salad and guacamatillo salsa in a white corn tortilla. At 7:30 p.m. through Jan. 31. Visit citywinery.com .
Mon Ami Gabi, Lincoln Park and Oak Brook locations. The mini Trio of Soups Flight ($5.95), available through Jan. 31, includes onion soup au gratin with a layer of melted gruyere, butternut squash with a dollop of maple creme fraiche and celery root with gala apple and walnuts. Visit monamigabi.com .
Porkchop, 941 W. Randolph. Bulls’ day-game specials include $5 Jim Beam cocktails and .50-cent wings. Visit chicagoporkchop.com .
Culinary ‘tour de France’
Le Bar, 20 E. Chestnut. Travel to the French Alps during Solstice at Le Bar: A Culinary Journey through France from 5-10 p.m. Jan. 24. Featured food and drink specials include cheese fondue (assorted breads, baby potatoes and apples ($12); the Vin Chaud (red wine, cinnamon sticks, orange zest, granulated sugar, cloves ($12); and assorted charcuterie ($16). Call (312) 324-4000; lebarchicago.com .
McGee’s Tavern & Grille, 950 W. Webster. The Wednesday “Pint Night” beverage ($3), available 6-9 p.m. Jan. 23, is Goose Island IPA in a keepsake glass. Other specials for the evening are $1 burgers and $2 Bud drafts. Visit bar1events.com .
Drink of the week
Bar Novo, Renaissance Hotel, 1 W. Wacker. The Blackhawk cocktail, (bottom layer of Jagermeister, vodka, POM pomegranate juice garnished with a cherry, strawberry and black licorice on a swizzle stick, $12), is back on ice. Visit barnovo.com .
Deal of the Week
2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey. Ted Diamantis of Diamond Wine Importers walks guests through vintages selected for pairings with Chef Gregory Ellis’ five-course Greek wine dinner at 7 p.m. Jan. 18, $70. Courses include lamb, wild mushrooms, couscous, and chickpeas with 2010 Domaine Skouras Saint George, Nemea; 2007 Domaine Skouras “Grand Cuve” Aghiorghitiko, Nemea. Call (773) 234-2320; 2sparrowschicago.com .