The $20 “Bear Down” prix-fixe brunch at Divison Ale House — available Sundays through football season — features a choice of five entrees along with mimosas or Bloody Marys.
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.
Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton. Ropa vieja, mojitos and guacamole and chips are among the $7 items offered, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27, during the restaurant’s seventh anniversary celebration. Call (312) 850-5005; carnivalechicago.com .
‘Yum’ Kippur special
Cru Cafe & Wine Bar, 25 E. Delaware. The “Break the Fast” brunch for dinner menu, available beginning 5 p.m. Sept. 26, includes the Cru Benedict (smoked salmon, poached eggs, dill hollandaise and potatoes, $14. Call (312) 337-4001; cruwinebar.com .
Stack ’em up
The Original Pancake House, 106 S. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge. Pumpkin pancakes (buttermilk batter mixed with pumpkin pie filling, topped with pecans and raisins; six for $7.25) debut Sept. 26 for National Pancake Day. Call (847) 696-1381; parkridgeoph.com .
Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division. The $20 “Bear Down” prix-fixe brunch, available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through football season, features a choice of five entrees that includes eggs Benedict, house breakfast skillet, breakfast burrito, chilaquiles or the Irish breakfast (two eggs, Batchelors baked beans, Irish bacon, bangers, fried tomatoes, black and white pudding and toasted potato bread) with mimosas orBloody Marys. Call (773) 384-6886; divisionalehouse.com .
DMK Burger Bar, 2954 N. Sheffield. Beer-infused snow cones include the Vander Mill Totally Roasted Cider with house-made blueberry lemon syrup, ($3). Call (773) 360-8686; dmkburgerbar.com.
English Bar & Restaurant, 444 N. LaSalle. The “Animal Farm” burger (Angus beef patty, crispy bacon, fried egg with onion, lettuce and Windsor barbecue aioli on a pretzel bun; $12) comes with choice of house fries, sweet potato fries or sauteed vegetables. Call (312) 222-6200; englishchicago.com .
Blue Ribbon winner
Baker’s Square, participating locations. The “Salty Hog” pie (salted caramel and roasted almonds, moist chocolate cake, Baker’s Square’s French silk filling in a flaky pie crust topped with candied bacon, whipped cream and salty caramel drizzle), the 2011 American Pie Council National Pie Championship’s Blue Ribbon-winner, is available by the slice ($3.99) or whole ($13.99) through September. Visit bakerssquare.com .
Drink of the week
Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 N. Lincoln. The “Cat’s Cradle” (Appleton V/X rum; ginger, orgeat, lime, salt, Champagne and house orange bitters, $11) skedaddles Sept. 30. Call (773) 857-0421; barrelhouseflat.com .
Deal of the week
Italian Village, 71 W. Monroe. In honor of the restaurant’s 85th anniversary, the spaghetti marinara in a plum tomato, olive oil, parsley and garlic sauce with choice of soup or salad and spumoni or lemon ice, during lunch only Sept. 21, is $8.50. Call (312) 332-7005; italianvillage-chicago.com .