When I think of refreshment offerings at bowling
alleys, I conjure up images of stale nachos and cheap bottled beer.
But Pinstripes, with its
motto of "bowling, bocce, bistro," defies that stereotype with an
upscale menu worthy of a visit even if you don't want to partake in
With locations in Oak Brook, Northbrook and South Barrington,
Pinstripes has a robust selection of wine and beer and a menu with entrees such as
maple glazed salmon and filet mignon. This gaming mecca also offers
gluten-free pastas, pizzas, beers and desserts like the Frangelico
chocolate cake and the Limoncello crème brulee.
Of course there is more casual fare such as a divine roast
turkey cobb salad and a must-try prime rib dip sandwich with beef
piled high and served on a pretzel roll with provolone cheese and
horseradish cream. The children's menu includes classics like
peanut butter and jelly, a cheese Panini, chicken strips and mini
The expansive 40,000-square-foot interior and year-round
outdoor patio with fire pits make it a popular venue for private
events for all occasions and ages. The day we visited there were
several events including a 4-year-old's birthday party, a family
reunion, a bar mitzvah and a bridal shower. Despite the various
soirees, the venue didn't seem at all crowded or noisy, and we
enjoyed a peaceful lunch (well, as peaceful as a meal can be with
two 4-year-olds) and then headed off to try bowling and bocce, a
first for our twins.
Tweens and teens will especially love Pinstripes as it has
a "grown-up" atmosphere yet is loads of
fun for kids.
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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