Sullivan’s Steakhouse is an elegant restaurant in Chicago’s River North worth visiting. Part of the Del Frisco’s Group, Sullivan’s serves up superb steaks and seafood, and majorly impressive side dishes. Last week, Sullivan’s generously hosted 40 members of the Windy City Blogger Collective for mini wine pairing, mixology, and cooking demos followed by an indulgent dinner featuring both classic items from their menu and new seasonal offerings.
Our evening began as every evening should, with cocktails and appetizers. Sullivan’s served up their signature cocktail, The Knockout, and their new seasonal cocktail the Summer Rose, which is made with gin, rose liqueur, white cranberry juice, and lime.
It is a light refreshing cocktail perfect for the warmer weather. (photo via @vegtourist)
The appetizers were so beautifully presented that they resulted in everyone taking photos for instagram, and luckily for us, they tasted even better than they looked. The caprese skewers (pictured at the top of this post) were playfully arranged on half of an orange – a trick you could easily try at home.
The appetizer that we couldn’t stop talking about was my personal favorite, the cheesesteak egg roll. This appetizer, which can also be found on the menu at Sullivan’s sister restaurant, Del Frisco’s, is exactly as described: steak and cheese in a deep fried egg roll. We haven’t stopped talking about it since. It’s just that delicious. Promise me that you will order it when you visit. (photo via @eatincolor_)
Generally my feelings towards seafood aren’t very enthusiastic, but I seriously loved Sullivan’s seafood items. We tried both the Pan Seared Sea Bass, and the Broiled Halibut, which is a seasonal menu addition. I liked the halibut, but I loved the Sea Bass which was glazed with a sherry soy sauce and served with bok choy. The fish was fresh and flaky and the slightly sweet sauce was the perfect compliment. (photo via @aasquaredblog)
You can’t dine at a steakhouse without ordering the steak, and Sullivan’s served up three different cuts of steak for us to taste. We tried the Filet Mignon, the Dry-Aged NY Strip Steak, and the Boneless Rib Eye. I love leaner cuts of steak, so the filet was my personal favorite. The steak was served with a variety of sauces, and the gorgonzola sauce won me over, because cheese makes everything better.
My wise foodie friend Anne was sitting across from me, and she declared that the side dishes are the best part of a steakhouse dinner. And after trying Sullivan’s Truffle Mac and Cheese I am tempted to agree. We also tried the asparagus and white cheddar au gratin potatoes, and our table devoured every bite of each. (photo via @esislater)
I have a deep appreciation for dessert and was thrilled when Sullivan’s presented small portions of three of their most popular desserts. The Peanut Butter Black Bottom Pie is a seasonal offering, and it was the favorite of the desserts we sampled. Both the NY Style Cheesecake and the Key Lime Pie are available year-round, and are great preparations of the classic desserts. (photo via @theglamourocity)
Sullivan’s is located at 415 North Dearborn Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, and they do accept reservations. There is a lively bar with live music and a dining room on the first floor, and the second floor is available for private dining. There is a great patio space, and you can end your evening with cigars on the patio.