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The Big Deals 02.01.13

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Updated: January 30, 2013 4:59PM

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.

Skinny dippin’
RA Sushi, participating locations. The one-bite sashimi and shrimp plate with choice of Blueberry Fizz, Skinny Cucumberita or Colada-teenie cocktail, is $18. Available through Feb. 28. Visit .

Rare opportunity
Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn. Chef/partner Lee Ann Whippen’s Yukon Gold potato salad, which won first place in the World Food Championships in Las Vegas last November, has been added to the menu, $7.25. (312) 642-1160.

Super special
Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division. The bar turns snack food into a four-course meal with beer pairings Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3), $40. Courses include two roasted duck sliders with plum chutney, Napa cole slaw, duck fat fries paired with Half Acre Daisy Cutter. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 1. Call (773) 384-6886.

Battle of the burgers
R.J. Grunts, 2056 N. Lincoln Park West. For a limited time guests can order the off-the-menu Bub City patty melt (patty made from fresh ground chuck and long oak-smoked beef brisket, caramelized onions, melted American cheese with Bub City barbecue sauce on toasted rye, $13.95) and El Segundo Sol burger (grilled patty topped with jalapeno peppers, pickled onions, cotija and jack cheeses and smoky chipotle mayo on a bun, $13.95). Visit .

New choices
Cru Kitchen & Bar, 25 E. Delaware. It’s a new chef and new menu for the Gold Coast eatery. Executive Chef Alex Shalev’s gourmet farm-to-table American menu includes quinoa fries with pulled pork, fried egg, mushrooms and truffle oil, $10; and steak tartare with egg, celery, apple, pumpkin seeds, capers, pumpkin seed oil and arugula, $9. New to the lunch menu is the barbecue duck sandwich with pickles, jalapeno, cilantro, fish sauce and French bread, $13. Visit .

Drink of the week
Carlucci Restaurant, 1801 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove. The Stay Sexy cocktail (Voli light vodka, St. Germain liqueur, shaken with a cucumber for a hint of taste) is $10. Visit .

Deal of the week
Balsan in the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 E. Walton. Executive Chef Herve Cuyeu and Executive Pastry Chef Andrew Johnson’s Restaurant Week (Feb. 1-10) lunch ($22) and dinner menu ($44) include a choice of main courses. Lunch selections are salmon, rainbow chard and soppressata broth; club sandwich (roasted chicken, smoked ham, salami, herb mayo and Kennebec potato chips) or bow-tie pasta, broccoli rabe, cippolini onion and cloth-bound cheddar. Dinner choices are P.E.I. mussels, pernod chorizo broth and grilled baguette, Amish chicken breast roulade, confit thigh, oyster mushroom and Brussels sprouts; sirloin, smoked butter, potato rosti and fried egg or the bow-tie pasta dish from the lunch menu. Dinner includes a dessert course of Paris brest with hazelnut nougatine. Visit .

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