The arancini eggplant caponata with Parmesan at The Grid.
Updated: June 4, 2013 6:08AM
From upscale to low-calorie, Sun-Times Media’s Big Deals column brings readers the dish on food and drink specials that will not break the bank.
New menu items
Cafe Marbella Tapas, 5527 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Chef-owner Virgilio Trujillo’s new bites include lobster confit ($13.95), bouillabaisse ($5.95) and stuffed mushroom with salmon ($8.95). Visit cafemarbellatapas.com.
Celebrate at Casa
Casa Bonita Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, 633 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Toast the Paradise Punch (Milagro Tequila, Absolut Vodka, Cruzan coconut rum and homemade Mexican juices, 16-ounce, $7.95), poured directly from the new tequila tap, during the Cinco de Mayo celebration through May 5. Visit casabonitalibertyville.com.
Barbecue bundle 25 Degrees, 736 N. Clark St., Chicago. The barbecue brisket burger (slow-cooked BBQ brisket, sirloin patty, Cardona cheese, crispy fried onions, pickles, arugula, pineapple barbecue sauce on a signature bun, $12) returns in May for National BBQ and National Burger Month. A percentage of sales benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Visit 25degreesrestaurant.com.
Derby day action
Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division St., Chicago. The Kentucky Derby pig roast from 3-6 p.m. May 4 includes a buffet of freshly roasted pork, coleslaw, baked beans and corn bread, $25. Visit divisionalehouse.com.
Bakersfield, 330 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont. The Ultimate Umami burger (Angus beef patty, roasted tomato, shiitake mushroom and Parmagiano-Reggiano crisp cooked on a wood-fire grill with hickory and oak with choice of frites, petite greens, Kennebec chips or seasonal vegetables), at a discounted price of $7 for National Burger Month, is available daily during lunch through May. Visit bakersfieldrestaurant.com.
Geja’s Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. The fondue cafe celebrates Cinco de Mayo with the chili con queso with apples, grapes, bread and tortilla chips May 5. Margaritas and the Negra Modelo will be specially priced for the occasion. Visit gejascafe.com.
Sealed with a twist
The Grid, 351 W. Hubbard St., Chicago. An expanded spring menu, featuring items with a twist, includes cheesecake topped with pineapple-avocado chutney and candied corn chips ($8); foie dog with caramelized onion, Laura Chenel goat cheese, candied apricot and truffle mayo ($12). Visit thegridchicago.com.
Drink of the week
The Gage, 24 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The Derby Day cocktail (Buffalo Trace bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange curacao and lime juice, $10) is a winner. Visit thegagechicago.com.
Deal of the week
Fresco 21, 5300 N. River Road. Rosemont. Chef de cuisine Cameron Grant hosts a five-course, Italian wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 4, $120. Pairings include prime New York strip steak sous-vide with potato grana padano risotto and asparagus tip bundles served with La Spinetta Barolo Campe 2003. Reservations required, (847) 447-4275; fresco21.com.