The “Deuce’s Side Car” cocktail (Captain Morgan spiced rum, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup, garnished with orange peel) at Deuce’s + the Diamond Club.
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.
Ten days, ten deals deca Restaurant + Bar in the Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson. “Ten Days of Christmas” specials, Dec. 10-14 and Dec. 17-21, include a complimentary three-cheese plate with the purchase of any bottle of wine (Monday); $10 cocktails (Tuesday); complimentary fries with a cocktail purchase (Wednesday); $10 flatbreads (Thursday) and the deca slider trio, $10 (Friday). Call (312) 573-5160; decarestaurant.com .
Hot sh otNiche, 14 S. Third. Geneva. The newest addition to the small dessert plates menu is whiskey cake, breakfast stout ice cream and cigarette-shaped meringue, $9. Call (630) 262-1000; nichegeneva.com .
Hanukkah br unchCity Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. The Hanukkah Klezmer brunch buffet, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9, features a build-your-own latke bar, kugel, challah French toast and a scramble station that includes pastrami and house-cured salmon, $30, (includes bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys); $15 for ages 12 and under. Price includes admission to Klezmer band concert. Visit citywinery.com/chicago/tickets .
Holiday a -go-goHash House A Go Go, 1212 N. State. Seasonal offerings include chili-crusted Indiana Maple Leaf Farm duck breast with prosciutto-mashed yams, goat cheese, maple barbecue glaze, spicy cashews and vegetables, $23.95. “Rosemary’s Baby” (rosemary-infused Kettle One vodka, champagne and lemonade over ice), $9.95, spices up the holiday drink list. Call (312) 202-0994; hashhouseagogo.com .
Christmas in th e ‘City’City Tavern, 1416 S. Michigan. Limited-edition beers, available during the Christmas Beer Tap Takeover (through Jan. 1), include Breckenridge Christmas ale, $6; Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, $7; Great Lakes Christmas ale, $7; Smuttynose Winter ale, $6, and Moylan’s White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager, $8. Call (312) 663-1278; citytavernchicago.com.
Encore Liquid Lounge, 171 W. Randolph. Micro brews from Metropolitan Brewing highlight a three-course Repeal Day Beer dinner at 7 p.m. Dec. 10, $40. Visit encorechicago.com .
Drink o f the weekDeuce’s + the Diamond Club, 3505 N. Clark. The bar’s new twist on the classic side car is now a signature drink: Deuce’s Side Car (Captain Morgan spiced rum, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup, garnished with orange peel, $10). Visit deucesandthediamondclub.com .
Deal of the weekEPIC, 112 W. Hubbard. The chestnut prix-fixe menu, available through Dec. 31, features lobster and chestnut risotto, venison osso buco with chestnut puree, tempura broccoli, grapefruit and rosemary, and a chestnut mousse with milk chocolate cream and cocoa Florentine, $48; $70, with wine pairings. Call (312) 222-4940; epicrestaurantchicago.com .