The Primehouse burger with truffle-Asiago fries at David Burke’s Primehouse.
Updated: May 28, 2013 7:30PM
From upscale to low-calorie, Sun-Times Media’s Big Deals brings readers the dish on food and drink specials that will not break the bank.
Suggestions include Rock Bottom Brewery, which has a location in Orland Park.
‘Big Fish’ bytes
Magnolia Bakery, 108 N. State St., Chicago. Applause for the bakery’s “Big Fish” cupcake (vanilla or chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream topped with an edible daffodils), available to May 5, $3.50. Visit magnoliabakery.com.
Tap into spring
Rock Bottom Brewery, participating locations. Spring lager specials to May 19, include Mexican Amber Lager (downtown Chicago selection) and jalapeno poppers (grilled jalapenos stuffed with pulled pork, wrapped in bacon). Visit rockbottom.com for information on Orland Park.
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago. Chef Cleetus Friedman’s new menu includes the Cleetus Heatus salsa and parsnip guacamole with warm homemade tortilla chips, $8/$13; and the Cleetus burger (half-pound burger, seven-year aged cheddar, barbecue sauce, bacon, fried onion on brioche bun) served with Old Bay chips or fries with ketchup, $14. Visit fountainheadchicago.com.
Epic Burger, participating locations. Restaurant officials hope to raise awareness of the effect not eating meat one day a week has on the environment and health with its Mushroom Mondays promotion (20 percent off the portobello sandwich combo — sandwich, fries and fountain drink — regularly $9.99). Visit epicburger.com.
Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Chef Jose Garces’ new menu, using fresh spring ingredients, includes tuna bechamel with manchego and currants, $13; eggplant fritters with roasted red pepper, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onion, goat cheese and lavender honey, $14. Seasonal cocktails include the Tres Ruibarbo (rhubarb-infused vodka, rhubarb compote, rhubarb bitters and soda), $13. Visit mercatchicago.com.
Tokio Pub, 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg. Chef Phu Lu’s Goose Island TV Dinner, set for 7 p.m. April 29, includes a Japanese sushi bento box with Sofie (Belgium-style ale), $30. Visit tokiopub.com.
David Burke’s Primehouse, 616 N. Rush St., Chicago. The Refresh with [Rick] Gresh menu (select glass of beer or wine, soup or wedge salad, Primehouse burger with truffle-Asiago fries and malted monkey ice cream sundae), is available 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays through May 13, $30. Call (312) 660-6000; davidburkesprimehouse.com.
Drink of the week
Cactus Bar, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago. Sample the Paloma Suprema cocktail (Don Julio Reposada, San Pellegrino Pompelmo soda, lime wedge and salt rim, $8; $12, neat) 5:30-7 p.m. May 2. Visit cactuschicago.com.
Deal of the week
Pasteur, 5525 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago. An Antonin Rodet wine dinner, 6:45 p.m. April 27 ($50), features Chablis paired with Tom Xao Sa-te, shrimp sauteed with a caramelized glaze of baked and dried red peppers, onions, garlic and seared duck breast drizzled with a light tamarind sauce. Visit pasteurrestaurantchicago.com.