The name of this upscale steak house, which is located in the Drake Hotel, comes from the original hotel founders, John and Tracy Drake. The story goes that the brothers wanted to create a concept with a fabulous view of Lake Michigan, upscale food and a top-notch wine selection way back in 1919 (the hotel opened in 1920), but prohibition squelched that idea. The hotel decided to roll-out the concept 85 years later as a tribute to the Drake brothers when they launched this eatery in 2004.
The menu offers straightforward appetizer options like the classic steak tartare, escargots bourguignonne and chilled shellfish. The hotel's bookbinder's snapper soup, served with a creut of sherry is a best bet, but other soup choices include a lobster bisque and New England clam chowder. Entrees include a 2-pound dry-aged porterhouse, a 20-ounce chateaubriand for two, and the signature 16-ounce marrow-crusted sirloin steak with Cabernet sauce. Sides offer standards like creamed spinach with boiled egg, and potatoes au gratin, but chef Bernard Fiemeyer also has created some fresh options like sauteed shiitake mushrooms with garlic, ginger and soy. Showy desserts include the cherries jubilee, flamed tableside.
Also located within the restaurant is the A Room With a View Gallery, which has hosted art exhibits since 2006.