Raspberry and Creme cocktail at Boundary Tavern and Grill. File Photo.
Updated: May 9, 2012 9:54AM
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.
The Irish Oak, 3511 N. Clark. Voted by MSNBC as one of top-10 best Irish pubs in the United States in 2010, the establishment is a good place to celebrate half-way to St. Patrick’s Day. Salute St. Practice Day, Oct. 15, with green beers ($4), Irish Car bombs ($6) and Jameson shots ($4). Call (773) 935-6669; irishoak.com.
The Cave Bar at Indian Lakes Resort, 250 W. Schick, Bloomingdale. New dining and drink specials available 5-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday include a large pizza with three toppings and two sodas for $15.99 all four days, plus six wings, $3 (Mondays); you-call-it house cocktails, $5 (Tuesdays); martinis, $6 (Wednesdays), and Bacardi cocktails, $6 (Thursdays). Call (630) 529-0200; indianlakesresort.com.
Boundary Tavern and Grill, 1932 W. Division. A $1 donation for every Raspberry and Creme cocktail (Pinnacle cake vodka, Q Qream raspberry liqueur and Chateau Monet, $9) sold will benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation. Call (773) 278-1919; bound arychicago.com.
Mimi’s Cafe, all three locations. Bistro bite and wine flights are $5 during happy hour. Bistro bites include crab fritters, barbecue pork sliders and chicken tenders. Red or white wine flights, regularly $8, come in three 2-ounce servings. Visit mimiscafe.com.
The J spot
JBar at David Burke’s Primehouse, 610 N. Rush. The bar’s pop-up shop is back. Chef Jove Hubbard’s Jove T’s Hot Stuff portable shop features warm goodies for $5 (cash only), 3-5 p.m. Fridays in October. Visit davidburkesprime house.com.
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, 1024 N. Rush. Dine at the restaurant Oct. 18 and receive a complimentary Stone Crab claw in honor of the crustacean’s opening season. Limit one claw per person. Call (312) 640-0999; hugosfrogbar.com.
Monday night special
Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar, 358 W. Ontario. A three-course prix fixe menu ($20, cash only) is offered 5-10 p.m. Mondays only. Selections include tacos en Cazueala with black beans and homemade corn tortillas, regularly $16; marinated grill steak simmered in ranchera salsa, regularly $16 and chicken enchiladas with agave pasilla salsa and cactus salad, regularly $15. Call (312) 302-9977; zocalochicago.com.
Drink of the Week
D’Noche Latin American Kitchen and Bar, 2710 N. Milwaukee. New fall drinks include the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Martini (vanilla vodka and organic pumpkin puree, topped with hazelnut whipped cream, $9). Call (773) 289-4274; dnochechicago.com.
Deal of the Week
LM Restaurant, 4539 N. Lincoln. Explore France’s Burgundy region during executive chef Justin Perdue’s four-course prix fixe dinner ($45) available Monday-Saturday through Nov. 30. Courses include braised Slagel Farms Waygu tri-tip beef with baby carrots, pearl onions and Burgundy truffle. Call (773) 942-7585; lmrestaurant.com.