Quite a bit more than you may have expected!
• 17/West serves $3 bar specials from 2:30 to 7:30, including Berghoff beer-battered onion rings, spinach-stuffed mushrooms, and mini brats with sauerkraut and potato salad
• People offer $3 tapas during happy hour, which is Sun-Thu, 5:30-7:30. Options include pork empanadas (above), patatas bravas, and queso de cabra (goat cheese with garlic bread)
• Fiore’s Deli sells an 8” egg sandwich for $3 (add a buck and a half for cheese and bacon, ham or sausage), and believe it or not, you can get a serving of ravioli, lasagna, manicotti, gnocchi, cavatelli or stuffed shells for the same $3
• A La Turka’s soups, including lentil and cold yogurt soup, or cacik, which is made with yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, and topped with dried mint, are $3 during lunch (the cacik is still $3 at dinner)
• Hai Yen in Lincoln Park prices its bubble teas at $3; we favor the almond and green tea with honey, and don’t forget the tapioca blobs!
• Pho Xe Tang, a.k.a Tank Noodles, sells its very Vietnamese desserts for $3. The less you know about Che Sam Bo Luong (mixed sweetie longans, dates, white beans, sea weeds, water palm nuts), the better. More accessibly, the Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk is $3, and the fried spring rolls are a hair under the limit at $2.95
And now you know what to do with all those three dollar bills you have lying around.
[Photo: pork empanadas at People]