“Steakhouse” and “Chicago” are often synonymous, and steakhouses can certainly be considered a dime a dozen. Each needs to set itself apart from the crowd, or risk being run out of town. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, operating in the gargantuan Esquire Theater space on the ritzy Oak Street since November, 2012, stands out thanks to having one of the best wine programs in the city, as well as old Hollywood-inspired interiors filled with dramatic chandeliers, winding staircases, sprawling bars, and elements of the former theater. And, on my recent visit, the food and service also shined.
Del Frisco’s can seat over 500 guests on its two floors, and also boasts four private dining spaces, making it a popular location for corporate dinners and parties. Because of its size, however, it is easy to think that the restaurant is empty, and one may wonder whether it can survive. Last year, the company CEO revealed to Crain’s Chicago Business that the Gold Coast steakhouse was experiencing “disappointing sales” and “execution problems.” However, since that time, the Chicago location is working hard to turn things around, including improving food quality and service, and hiring two pedigreed sommeliers earlier this year. On my recent visit, the improvement was evident.
My husband and I opted to sit outside on the second floor terrace in order to enjoy the perfect summer evening, in addition to the dramatic views of Oak Street below and the skyline above.
We each started with a wedge salad. While my husband opted for an avocado ranch dressing, I kept mine traditional with blue cheese, and both were delicious.
Because of the warmer weather, we both decided to stick with seafood to keep our meals light and summery. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the seared Chilean sea bass, served atop a mound of crab fried rice and a black bean garlic sauce. The sea bass was perfectly cooked, and he raved about the fried rice.
For my entreé, I opted for a single serving of the Shellfish Plateau, typically offered for two or four guests. The platter included chilled Alaskan king crab legs, iced jumbo shrimp, fresh oysters on the half shell, and the traditional garnishes. The seafood was very fresh, and perfectly chilled. A perfect accompaniment to my sparkling rosé!
We also shared the crab cake, my favorite in the city. Not even a speck of bread filler here, this crab cake is composed of lump crab, chopped vegetables and herbs, and sits on a delicious pool of Cajun lobster sauce, yielding just the perfect amount of heat. I may or may not have sopped up the remaining sauce with some tasty bread.
Having left no room for dessert, we instead ordered a piece of the famous lemon cake to take home. It made a refreshing and delicious late night snack, and breakfast the next morning.
We had a lovely evening at Del Frisco’s, complete with friendly and knowledgeable service, and well-executed and delicious food. Del Frisco’s is open for lunch, Monday through Friday, and for dinner seven days a week.
58 East Oak Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.