The Entenbraten holiday entree (half duckling, roasted crispy brown with Grand Marnier orange sauce, served with spaetzle and German sauerkraut) at Edelweiss.
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.
Allium, at the Four Seasons, 120 E. Delaware. Holiday cocktails include the Jack Frost (Stoli Vanil vodka, Godiva White Chocolate liqueur, peppermint schnapps with housemade white chocolate peppermint bark, $15) and hot buttered rum made with Chef Kevin Hickey’s secret spices, Zacapa 23-year old rum and Michigan cider with a cinnamon caramel lollipop, $16. Call (312) 799-4900; alliumchicago.com .
Bridge Bar, 315 N. La Salle. Head bar chef Kevin Schulz’s holiday cocktails (bourbon apple cider and his homemade “booze-infused” eggnog, $11 each), are $5.50 on Tuesdays in December. Call (312) 822-0100; bridgebarchicago.com .
Three for all
Two Restaurant, 1132 W. Grand. Check out the 3-for-$30 deal (three chef-selected dishes off the menu available for $30; Tuesdays only). Selections, which change every week, can include items such as date-stuffed gnocchi, Berkshire pork cheek with homemade ricotta cheese, crostini and chives; and grilled octopus with rosemary-braised white beans, charred lemon and chili oil. Call (312) 624-8363; tworestaurantchicago.com .
Warm your cockles
Baume & Brix, 351 W. Hubbard. Winter drinks include the “Stormy Weather” (Zaya Trinidad rum, and housemade spiced ginger beer, $12) and the “Chocolate & Vanilla” (Tahitian vanilla vodka, Valrhona dark chocolate, allspice and Xocolatl mole, $12). Call (312) 321-0351; baumeand
Reaching the ‘Bar’
Bar Toma, 110 E. Pearson. The “Feast of the Seven Fishes” celebration, Dec. 17-24, features two ways to enjoy seven of Chef Tony Mantuano’s best seafood dishes. Individual servings include grilled whole fish ($30), fried smelts ($15), mussels and chorizo ($18), seared calamari and octopus ($9), Christina salad with rock shrimp ($12), casino pizza with Manila clams ($17) and Gamberi pizza with shrimp and pesto ($19). Or, enjoy as a seven-course family-style tasting menu for six or more ($69 per person), which includes the above dishes with the exception of the Gamberi pizza, which is replaced with Sambucca shrimp (an off-the-menu specialty item). Call (312) 266-3110; bartomachicago.com .
Socca, 3301 N. Clark. Chef Roger Herring whips up a new three-course prix-fixe dinner, Sundays only, $25. Call (773) 248-1155; soccachicago.com .
Drink of the week
Streeter’s Tavern, 50 E. Chicago. A $1 donation from every peppermint candy shot (Fireball whiskey, peppermint schnapps, $6.50) sold through Dec. 31, goes to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Call (312) 944-5206; rushanddivision.com .
Deal of the week
Edelweiss, 7650 W. Irving Park, Norridge. Don’t miss the Entenbraten holiday entree (half duckling, roasted crispy brown with Grand Marnier orange sauce, served with spaetzle and German sauerkraut), $22.95. Call (708) 452-6040; edelweissdining.com .