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Socca restaurant hosts a Cubs “Opening Day ‘Bangers’ Party” April 8, featuring an all-you-can-eat sausage bar that includes hot dogs, brats, Polish, Italian and kielbasa sausages with all the trimmings.

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Updated: April 3, 2013 7:06PM

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.

Royal treat

The Monarch, 1745 W. North. Food and drink items on Chef Andrew Brochu’s revamped brunch, available 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, include pork belly Benedict with English muffin and hollandaise ($13) and the “Queen Bee” cocktail (Jim Beam, Barenjager honey liqueur and hot chamomile tea), $11. Visit .

Baseball line up

Socca, 3301 N. Clark. The restaurant hosts a Cubs Opening Day “Bangers” Party, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8, featuring an all-you-can-eat Chicago-style sausage bar that includes hot dogs, brats, Polish, Italian and kielbasa sausages grilled with all the trimmings, $10. A la carte 8-oz “Baseball”-cut prime top sirloin steaks priced $10 make the dinner line up April 10. Visit .

Dinner and a song

Tony Spavone’s Ristorante, 266 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale. Performer/restaurateur Tony Spavone, who frequently serenades diners, and Chicago Gourmets! partner for a traditional four-course Italian dinner, featuring chicken Cardinale and veal Francese with assorted vegetables, beginning at 4 p.m. April 7, $69: $59, for Chicago Gourmets! members. Call (847) 668-7751.

Fancy eats

Cru Kitchen & Bar, 25 E. Delaware. Celebrate womanhood, food and fashion during “Sequins at Breakfast” 9-11 a.m. April 5, $35. The prix-fixe menu includes beignets filled with raspberry sauce and pastry cream, choice of breakfast wrap with scrambled eggs, guacamole, black beans, sour cream and pico de gallo or smoked salmon with toasted bagel, cream cheese, capers and hard cooked egg. Fresh fruit with seasonal berries complete the meal. A portion of the proceeds benefits Bright Pink. Purchase tickets at .

Smooth going

Jamba Juice, participating locations. Classic Smoothies (Aloha pineapple; banana berry and Strawberry Surf Rider) are $2.49 each for the 16-oz serving size through May 20. Visit .

Globe trotter

Tavernita, 151 W. Erie. Chef/partner Ryan Poli and Executive Chef/partner Greg Bastien’s new lunch and dinner menus, which explore flavors from across the globe, includes Brussels sprouts, pork lomo, blood orange and salsa verde, $6.50 (lunch) and braised bacon carbonara, toasted kale and Parmesan, $14.50 (dinner). Visit .

Drink of the week

C-View at MileNorth Hotel, 166 E. Superior, 29th floor. The “Taxed” cocktail (Crown Royal, Peachtree Schnapps, Red Bull and cranberry juice, $10) will be around through April 30. Visit .

Deal of the week

Tecalitian, 1814 W. Chicago. The restaurant’s 40th anniversary celebration includes tacos at 1973 prices (.50 cents) on April 7 starting at 10 a.m. Call (773) 384-4285.

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