The togarashi salmon with gnocchi shiso, honshimeji mushrooms, Swiss chard and Portuguese sausage at Roy's
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.
Election night drinks
Tesori, 65 E. Adams. The “Mitt Rumney” (red raspberries, Sloe gin, fresh basil, orange bitters, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, tonic and squeeze of lemon) or “BaRocks Obama” (North Shore Gin No. 6, Blue Curacao, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, blackberries, blue berries, pineapple nectar from Hawaii, topped with Champagne) are $6 each Nov. 6 with your voter’s receipt. Visit tesorichicago.com .
LongHorn Steakhouse, 1901 E. Golf, Schaumburg. Stop in for the “Porterhouse for Two” — a 30-ounce New York strip-and-filet in-one with signature sizzling steak sauce (prepared table-side), two salads and two sides: $39.99; or Rancher’s sirloin (choice of 6-, 8- or 12-ounce cut) topped with sunny-side up egg and bacon with side and salad; $13.49-$18.99. Visit longhornsteakhouse.com .
Moe’s Cantina, 155 W. Kinzie. Day of the Dead specials Nov. 2 includes Mexican beef stew (beef shank, carrots, potatoes, corn green cabbage corn tortillas, onions, cilantro and lemons; $7. Call (312) 245-2000; moescantina.com .
You pick the winner
Hotel 71, 71 E. Wacker. Nov. 6 picks are the “1 per cent cocktail” (Johnny Walker Red, cointreau, sweet vermouth, soda and bitters) or the “Obamacare” (Beefeater gin, Hypnotiq liqueur, Drambuie liqueur, simple syrup, lemon, thyme, and soda); $12 each. Visit hotel71.com .
Taco Joint, 1969 N. Halsted. Nov. 2 is last call for Day of the Dead specials including the turkey leg confit taco (black Oaxacan mole and sweet potato crisps served on handmade corn tortilla). Visit tacojoint.com .
Roy’s, 720 N. State. Design your own three-course dinner with selections from the Fall Prix Fixe Menu, $36.95. Entree choices include pork katsu with fingerling potatoes, pearl onions, baby beets and shoyu gravy; togarashi salmon with gnocchi shiso, honshimeji mushrooms, Swiss chard, Portuguese sausage and lemon veloute, or Peking-style chicken with sweet potato, scallions, broccolini, kohirabi and star anise hoisin sauce. Call (312) 787-7599; roysrestaurant.com .
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, 2024 N. Halsted. Paella plates in the Tapas Bar are $3 during the “Paella Festival” Nov. 8-14. Visit cafebabareeba.com .
Drink of the week
Fresco 21, 5300 N. River, Rosemont. Election night winners include the “4 More Years” (Bombay Sapphire gin, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, Blue Curacao, lemon zest) and “GOP” (Grey Goose vodka, Orangecello Originale Pama pomegranate liqueur) matinis; $10 each. Call (847) 447-4275; fresco21.com .
Deal of the week
Vermilion, 10 W. Hubbard. “A Spanish A-Fare,” a three-course dinner featuring dishes made with various olive oils is at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, $50; $75 with wine pairings. Advance payment required. Call (312) 527-4060; the