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Durkin’s Tavern colorful Love PotiNo 9 cocktail is served fish bowl.

Durkin’s Tavern colorful Love Potion No 9 cocktail, is served in a fish bowl.

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Updated: September 12, 2012 6:17PM

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.

Rio special

SushiSamba rio, 504 N. Wells. New $6 Samba happy hour noshes and drinks, available 4-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to closing Sunday-Thursday, include Japanese eggplant anticuchos with mustard miso; ezo egg roll (soy-marinated salmon, asparagus, sesame, tempura flakes; and wasabi mayo); and chicharron calamari with tomato, mint, plantain, and tamarind. Drinks include a coconut or chocolate mojito, and kiwi caipirhina. Call (312) 595-2300; .

Rosh Hashanah dinner

Joe’s Stone Crab, 60 E. Grand. Rosh Hashanah dinner, offered 4-10 p.m. Sept. 16-17, includes a choice of braised brisket of beef with red wine Bordelaise, Alaskan halibut en papillote or broiled lemon-herb chicken breast entree served with ginger-glazed carrots, and fingerling potatoes with leeks; $45.95. Call (312) 379-5637; .

Independence Day

Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie. Chef Patricio Sandoval salutes Mexican Independence Day with specials, Sept. 14-16, that include Huarache Mexicano (chile guajillo with masa, black bean hash, cabbage, creme fresca, cotija cheese with choice of steak, chicken or pork; $14); and the La Patria cocktail (tequila, muddled orange, jalapeno and xocomole bitters; $11). The month-long chile en nogada (poblano pepper stuffed with ground pork, green apple, plantains, raisins with a creamy walnut-cinnamon sauce topped with pomegranate seeds) special is $20. Call (312) 329-9555; mercadito .

Fox’s lair

La Madia, 59 W. Grand. Jonathan Fox’ Chef’s Table dinner, featuring local sustainably-grown ingredients purchased the morning of the event from Green City Market, is 7 p.m. Sept. 19; $45. Call (312) 329-0400; .

Seasonal brews
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale ($6) and Leinenkugel Oktoberfest ($5) pints will be available during a seasonal suds tasting from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 19. Call (312) 212-3262; franklin .

Holiday dinner
Mity Nice Bar & Grill, 835 N. Michigan, mezzanine of Water Tower Place. A holiday dinner, available after 4 p.m. Sept. 16-17, includes a main course choice of beef brisket with natural gravy, herb-roasted chicken or garlic-crusted white fish; $34.95; $17.95 ages 12 and under. Call (312) 335-4745; .

Drink of the week
Durkin’s Tavern, 810 W. Diversey. Thursday’s special is the Love Potion No. 9 cocktail (raspberry, cherry and berry Three Olives vodkas, blueberry schnapps and secret ingredient, served in a fish bowl; $20). Call (773) 525-2515; .

Deal of the Week

Gaetano’s, 7636 W. Madison, Oak Park. Chef Gaetano DiBenedetto’s Sicilian dinner with wine pairing ($50), available Sept. 17-22, includes veal stuffed with pine nuts, currants, onion marmalade, assorted cheeses and cold cuts, rolled, breaded and baked in a wood-burning oven with onions and bay leaves. Call (708) 366-4010, gaetanos .

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