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Drake Bros.' Steak House: The Drake
I'm not a big fan of meat, but our publishers insisted on taking us to the Drake after our first day of work in Chicago. The Drake is famous for its fantastic steak, but I chickened out and had a pasta dish instead. Halfway through my so-so pasta, I looked on in envy at the looks of gorged satisfaction on the faces of my fellow diners. The steak, they all agreed, was a great as the restaurant's reputation made it out to be.
It's a fantastic looking restaurant, inside the incredibly famous Drake Hotel, favourite of the Queen and Peter Sellers, among the glitterati to have stayed there. They even have a grand piano and sofas in the lifts. The service was good, without being obsequious, but the prices... well they're not unaffordable for the average person. You could easily have a three course meal and a bottle of wine for around a hundred bucks, or a simple 14 oz steak and a glass of wine for fifty.
Drake Hotel Palm Court: NMA-afternoon tea at the Drake
Afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel, one of the grand old hotels in Chicago, is a marvelous way to unwind after a heavy morning of shopping on Michigan Avenue, you can spend as long as you want gabbing away the afternoon, serivce is not at all rushed. It's particularly delightful around the Christmas holidays when the lobby and the Palm Court are decked out with holiday decorations, excellent carolers dressed in Dickensian costumes roam the Palm Court singing Christmas carols and a harpist plays.
Favorite Dish: Afternoon tea consists of an unlimited amount of your choice of tea along with a tray of finger sandwiches, scones and pound cake with Devonshire cream and jam for spreads. If that doesn't fill you up, they end the tea with an assortment of pastries. For an additional cost, you can add a glass of champagne.
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