The fried quail hominy with thyme jus and strawberry gastrique at Epic.
Updated: August 23, 2012 9:51AM
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.
EPIC, 112 W. Hubbard. Chef Mark Pollard’s four-course “Spring Strawberries Prix Fixe” menu, available through May 31, includes foie gras pate, strawberry-rhubarb compote, lavender salt and brioche; strawberry and leek salad with crispy ham, dry Jack cheese and almond vinaigrette; fried quail hominy with thyme jus and strawberry gastrique; and strawberry coupe ice cream sorbet, coulis with milk chocolate; $48. Call (312) 222-4940; epicrestaurantchicago.com .
Mac’s American Pub, 1801 W. Division. New daily specials include $8 Prince Edward Island mussels and $3.50 Bell’s drafts (Tuesday); $3 domestic bottles (Wednesday); $9 fish and chips dinner; $5 call bombs (Friday); $5.50 Absolut Bloody Marys (Sunday). Call (773) 782-4400.
Carmine’s, 1043 N. Rush. A new brunch menu for the Gold Coast eatery features a la carte items priced $5-$14, including peppercorn-smoked salmon with cream cheese, red onion, capers, beefsteak tomatoes and two toasted bagels, $13. The menu is available, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call (312) 988-7676; rosebudrestaurants.com.
Odd but true
Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee. Bison marrow with bourbon onion jam and crostini, available May 28, is the final “Odd Bit Monday” item, market price ($12-$14). Call (773) 772-4322; thefrontierchicago.com.
The Palm, 323 E. Wacker. The restaurant is serving up prime steakburgers (five varieties available), for $8.37 (in honor of its first location at 837 Second Avenue, New York), including the 837 club burger with prosciutto di Parma, roasted red peppers, pesto aioli and fontina cheese, in honor of National Burger Month, through May. Call (312) 616-1000; thepalm.com/chicago.
Vivo, 838 W. Randolph. The restaurant’s coveted “Table 70,” located in an intimate brick-lined, red velvet-curtained room above the main dining room, now offers a prix fixe menu priced at $55 per person. Courses include salad, shared pasta, a selection of entrees that includes chicken Milanese, and dolci. Seatings are 5 and 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call (773) 339-3379; vivo-chicago.com.
Drink of the week
III Forks, 333 E. Benton. Sizzling summer drinks include the chipotle-mango martini (Absolut mango vodka, peach schnapps, fresh-squeezed orange juice, muddled chipotle pepper, $12.50. (312) 938-4303; 3forks.com.
Deal of the week
Allium at the Four Season Hotel, 120 E. Delaware. The restaurant partners with the Bobbi Brown cosmetic counter at Bloomindale’s, 900 N. Michigan, for a “Brown Bag” event, ($35) that includes Chef Kevin Hickey’s 500-calorie three-course prix-fixe lunch and a makeover plus “Little Brown Bag” cosmetic clutch gift at the Bobbi Brown counter. Reservations for the deal, available Monday-Friday through Sept 3, can be made at (312) 799-4900. Visit