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The Driskill Hotel offers several options for dining. The first is the 1886 Cafe & Bakery. The café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekdays, but perhaps one of its most popular meals is the decadent weekend brunch. Housed in what was originally the hotel’s saloon and billiard hall, the café features dark green leather booth seating, Art Deco lamps and hex floor tile. Two of the best seats in the restaurant are the bar chairs facing a window where pastry chef Tony Sansalone expertly crafts sculptural wedding cakes and all the decadent pastries served in the hotel. 1886 also provides a 24-hour, in-room dining menu for overnight guests.
Another dining option, The Driskill Grill, is a portrait of dining at its finest. The grill includes touches such as a dark wood bar cart, ornate carved wood ceiling tiles and red velveteen curtains, the latter allowing sections of the restaurant to be sectioned off for privacy. Executive chef Troy Knapp and chef de cuisine Skyler Golden prepare a nightly four-course market menu and five-course tasting menu, both employing locally sourced meats and produce. Parties of up to six can experience the latter served at the chef’s table that includes dishes specially prepared according to each diner’s personal preferences. Recent menus have featured grilled Strube Ranch wagyu flatiron steak with truffled purple potato puree, Bordelaise, collard greens and maitake mushrooms and grilled Texas quail with creamy polenta, pan roasted cauliflower and a black currant demi-glace.
The traditional pub menu and atmosphere of The Driskill Bar is much more relaxed. Big, soft leather couches beckon guests into dim corners while a fireplace warms the space, flickering off the intricate copper ceiling tiles. There are daily food and drink specials from 4 or 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., as well as live music most days of the week.