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The Big Deals 10.26.12

The bacbourbcocktail (Makers Mark bourbsyrup chocolate with bacgarnish) O’Donovan’s Pub   Restaurant.

The bacon and bourbon cocktail (Makers Mark bourbon, syrup, chocolate with bacon garnish) at O’Donovan’s Pub & Restaurant.

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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.

Reel smart

Zest Bistro and Lemon Tree Grocer, 935 W. Burlington, Downers Grove. Present a same-day movie ticket stub from a local theater to your server from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and receive a complimentary $5 Matinee Munchie (one per couple) with a purchase from the Theatre Menu item. Call (630) 969-9869; .

No trick

Chipotle, participating locations. The “Boorito” deal for guests dressed in costume 4 p.m. to closing Oct. 31 is any burrito, bowl, taco or salad for $2. Proceeds benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. Visit .

Small bites

Niche, 14 S. Third, Geneva. Vinny’s burger (Angus beef slider on a beer buttered pretzel roll topped with Emanthler cheese, balsamic red onions and Nueske’s bacon) named for sommelier Vince Balistreri is $6.50. Call (630) 262-1000;

Cool cocktails

O’Donovan’s Pub & Restaurant, 2100 W. Irving. Seasonal drinks include the Tiramisu martini (Pinnacle Espresso vodka, Rum Chata, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg $8.50); Pumpkin Pie martini (Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka, Rum Chata, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg with candy corn garnish; $8.50); Bacon & Bourbon cocktail (Makers Mark bourbon, syrup, chocolate with bacon garnish; $8.50) and Fruit Loopey shooter (Pinnacle Tropical Punch vodka, Rum Chata, with Fruit Loop garnish; $5). Call (773) 478-2100; .

Hot stuff

Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin. Chili month winds down with chili mac 5-ways (chili served overpasta, topped with cheese, diced onions and beans $5, cup; $8, bowl), Oct. 29-Nov. 3. Call (312) 212-3262; .

Food tres

Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln. The chefs of L20, Mon Ami Gabi and R.J. Grunts partner for “Lettuce of Lincoln Park Progressive Dinner” at 6 p.m. Oct. 29; $65 featuring sparkling wines and canapes from L20. Host chef Ben Goodnick offers an entree choice of wild halibut with polenta, corn, bacon and olive oil or prime steak classique with Maitre D’Hotel butter and hand-cut frites, paired with wine. For dessert, try R.J. Grunts’ choice of hand-dipped milkshake or cookies in a bowl, with coffee or tea. Call (773) 348-8886; .

Drink of the week

Signature Room at the 95th, 875 N. Michigan. Drink up, proceeds from the Pumpkin Spice martini (Pinnacle Pumpkin Spice vodka, butterscotch schnapps and cream; $12.50), available through Oct. 31, benefit the restaurant’s charity of the month — One For the Kids. Visit .

Deal of the week

Roka Akor Steak & Sushi, 456 N. Clark. Named one of the “Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States” by Bon Appetit, you will not want to miss Chef Ce Bian’s hamachi serrano chili roll (regularly $12) for $5 all day Nov. 1 in honor of National Sushi Day. (312) 477-7652; .

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