December Dining

Appears in the December 2018 issue.

Although a golf club might not be a top-of-mind choice for eating out—especially in the winter—Arrowhead Restaurant and Bar’s longtime executive chef Alan Pirhofer is offering a few December incentives at the Wheaton restaurant to entice regulars and newcomers alike.

Daily specials this month include half-price Angus burgers and brews on Mondays, $3 tacos or Modelo pints on Tuesdays, plus surf and turf for $14.95 and half-price wine on Wednesdays. If sloppy joes and fried bologna is your thing, visit on Throwback Thursdays and wash your $6 meal down with a two-buck Pabst Blue Ribbon. Friday fish fries, prime rib Saturdays and family-style Sundays round out the weekend offerings.

Winter perks at the club include pro-shop savings for golf gifts and a couple of fun holiday happenings. Don’t miss the Ugly Sweater Night on Friday, December 7—including karaoke and prizes for awkward clothing—but maybe best of all? Arrowhead elves will provide free gift wrapping while you dine through December 23.

Holiday incentives aside, the restaurant staff feels its biggest draw is the atmosphere: a public club with a private feel. “We come in three days a week because we’re family here. Everyone is family here,” Arrowhead regular Jerry LeCompte says. “We have made so many ‘Arrowhead friends’ over the years, both staff members and other regular customers. The food and drinks are great—we wouldn’t come here otherwise—but it’s our Arrowhead friends that make this place home.”

For more information about monthly specials or to make a dining reservation, visit


italian feast

Maggiano’s Little Italy Oak Brook (24 Oakbrook Center) will host a high-energy New Year’s Eve show from Windy City Dueling Pianos, including comedy, live music, dancing, and a special three-course meal. Eat your way into 2019 with a celebratory menu that includes crab and shrimp fondue, Contadina-style beef tenderloin, and the house specialty, rigatoni “D”: herb-roasted chicken, mushrooms and caramelized onions in a Marsala cream sauce. From-scratch dessert choices include Nonna’s pound cake and chocolate zuccotto cake layered with sambuca mousse. Purchase $75 tickets through, which includes dinner, entertainment, gratuity, taxes, and nonalcoholic drinks.