The Dagwood sandwich at Chicago Diner.
Updated: April 2, 2013 6:07AM
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.
The Chicago Diner, 3411 N. Halsted. Thirtieth anniversary specials, available March 4-April 2, include the return of the classic meat-free Philly Steak (Italian seasoned house seitan, sauteed bell peppers, onions and melted cheeze on a hoagie roll, $10.99) and Dagwood sandwich (grilled corned and roast beef seitan, bacun seitan, melted cheeze, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion and vegan Thousand Island dressing on marbled rye, $11.99). Visit www.veggiediner.com .
Suite 25, 2529 N. Milwaukee. “Friday Fish and Chips” special, through March 29, include battered filet of sole garnished with marinated onions and spicy jalapeno tartar sauce served with fried hand-cut potato chips, $13. Visit www.suite25chicago.com .
Green Zebra, 1460 W. Chicago. Seasonal sweet potato dishes are Carolina ruby sweet potato cake with dulce de leche and black pepper goat cheese ice cream, $8 and roasted sweet potato crepes with Saigon cinnamon, seared halloumi cheese, parsley and brown butter, $12. Visit www.greenzebrachicago.com .
Fish and chips
Markethouse Restaurant and Bar, 611 N. Fairbanks. Executive Chef De’Ann Wellwerts’ all-you-can-eat fish fry ($20), available 5-10 p.m. Fridays through March 29, is Bell’s Ale-battered Atlantic pollack fish and chips with tartar sauce and malt vinegar powder. Wash the meal down with $4 Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale pints. Visit www.markethousechicago.com .
Artisan Table in the Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 Naper, Naperville.Executive Chef Sean Curry’s all-in-one $9 lunch items — served with beverage and homemade honey shortbread, available for a short time 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily — includes the hoisin burger (braised short rib, grilled green onions, sriracha mayo, hoisin sauce, cucumber slices on a toasted bun). Call (630) 505-4900; www.chicagomarriottnaperville.com .
The Capital Grille, participating locations. New gourmet burgers, served with white cheddar tots or fries, include the gingered tuna burger (sushi-grade tuna with wasabi arugula and gingered slaw, $18); Mediterranean lamb burger (chopped lamb stuffed with melodie, topped with tomato tapenade and baby spinach, $15), and Wagyu cheeseburger (Wagyu beef burger topped with Havarti cheese, fried egg and crisp onions, $18). Visit www.thecapitalgrille.com .
Drink of the week
Sable Kitchen & Bar, 505 N. State. Head bartender Mike Ryan’s cocktails for the new brunch menu, available 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, include the Fog-Cutter (light rum, brandy, dry gin, orange, orgeat syrup and cream sherry), $13. Visit www.sablechicago.com .
Deal of the week
Troquet, 1834 W. Montrose. First anniversary specials include a croque Monsieur, grilled ham and cheese sandwich with bechamel sauce and Dijon mustard, for $2 on March 7 only. Call (773) 334-5664; www.troquetchicago.com .