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Cooking Up January Food Specials

Restaurants offer deals to get through winter doldrums



    Cooking Up January Food Specials
    Chicago restaurants are rolling out the food specials in January.

    Carnivale is cooking up a silver lining for the frigid temperatures this month.

    The West Loop Brazilian hot spot is offering a Temperature Tuesdays promotion where diners receive a small guacamole priced at the day's high temperature in cents. So with Tuesday's high scheduled for a brisk 20 degrees, that guac will only run you 20 cents. Question is, if the temperature drops below zero, will they owe you money?

    Carnivale is also offering complimentary $15 gift certificates available at the host stand, available through the end of January and redeemable through the end of February. Might be a good idea to use that certificate on Mojito Mondays, where the popular drinks are offered for only 5 bucks.

    The winter doldrums of January are a popular time for restaurant specials. Here's a few more that caught our eye around town:

    • Custom House (500 S. Dearborn St.) is bringing back the $5 lunch burger this month. The burger, made with a mix of ground steak, pork chop and short rib, is topped with caramelized onions, house-cured bacon and a house-made steak sauce. The special is offered Monday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Brand new Mediterranean tapas lounge Mezé (205 N. Peoria St.) is offering plenty of incentives to see what they're all about. Especially after work, where you can enjoy the $3 Tapas Menu from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday nights. Every day brings a different drink special, with an emphasis on Sangria and wine.
    • Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron St.) is ringing in the new year with a $20.10 three-course menu that includes an appetizer, main course and dessert through January 8. Enjoy dishes such as Boniato & Plantain Croquetas, Farm Raised Chicken Mole Verde, Grand Marnier Callebaut Chocolate Cake and more. A complimentary sparkling sangria toast is also included.