The tea-smoked duck Benedict at bellyQ.
Updated: March 13, 2013 5:46PM
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.
“Mac” is back
Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard. The Fourth Annual Mac Madness tips off March 18 with jerk chicken (pulled jerk-seasoned chicken, blistered habaneros and Monterey Jack). Visit www.rockitbarandgrill.com .
Wickets Bar and Grill, 601 N. Martingale, Suite 100, Schaumburg. March Madness specials, through April 8, include Sam Adams Seasonal Draft beer, $4; Sam Adams Lager, Double Agent IPA and White Lantern bottles, $4 each. Visit www.wicketsbarandgrill.com .
New brunch plates
bellyQ, 1400 W. Randolph. Chef Bill Kim’s creative brunch plates, available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, include fried chicken with donuts and pork sausage gravy ($14) and tea-smoked duck Benedict ($15). Visit www.bellyqchicago.com .
Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard. Mixologist Paul McGee, who’s been doing double-duty at Bub City, stirs up a new “mainstay” cocktail — Biscayne Buck (Bacardi rum, Velvet Falemum, lime juice and Goslings ginger beer), $9. Visit www.hub51chicago.com .
Porkchop, 941 W. Randolph. Whiskey flights, available with a slider trio for and additional $6, include the “Luck of the Irish” (Jameson Black Barrel; Tullamore Dew and Powers, $15). Visit www.chicagoporkchop.com .
Socca, 3301 N. Clark. St. Patrick’s Day specials, available March 16-17, include braised corned beef and cabbage with ryegnocchi, $21, and Guinness-baked cipollini onion soup with soda bread, $8. Visit www.soccachicago.com .
Greek Islands, Greek town and Lombard locations. The restaurant celebrates 42 years with new “heart-healthy” menu items that include seafood croquettes made with baby Greek octopus with a horseradish dipping sauce, $6.95. Visit www.greekislands.net .
Moonshine Brewing Company, 1824 W. Division. St. Patrick’s Day specials, March 15-17, include $2 corned beef sliders, or a trio of sliders with fries for $7. Visit www.moonshinechicago.com .
Drink of the week
Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. La Salle. A new mixology program, featuring cocktails made from house-made syrups, fresh fruits and top-shelf liquors includes the Tequila Mockingbird (tequila, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup with a Mezcal rinse), $12. Visit www.chicagocutsteakhouse.com .
Deal of the week
Cantina Laredo, 508 N. State. A Partida tequila dinner, with entree choice of duck confit in a Oaxaca mole negro or salmon with guajillo ginger glaze, is 7 p.m. March 21 ($49.99) Visit www.cantinalaredo.com .