Sullivan's Steakhouse

On a recent trip to Indianapolis, I had a hotel room booked near the Fashion Mall at Keystone, which has lots of nice restaurants around it. I knew I'd be arriving around dinner time, so I figured I'd try and find somewhere to enjoy a relaxing dinner after an afternoon on the road. 

One of the nearby restaurants was Sullivan's Steakhouse. I've never been to the one in Chicago, so I was anxious to try it out while I was in Indy. The place was dim and quiet and cozy. I'm not one to dine alone often, but I was on a work trip so had to go at it solo. There are two big reasons I rarely dine alone. One - I like to talk and like to chat with my fellow diners and it's kinda lonely eating by yourself, although smart phones have made it much easier since you don't have to sit there awkwardly looking around. You can always spend time on social media or catching up on emails between courses. And number two - I like to dine with others because I get to try two entrees. :) My sister and my husband and my kids and those friends that dine with me know the deal - I have to try a little taste of whatever they are getting. And I never duplicate a meal. I order something they aren't just so I can try two. Anyway, I knew I had to really choose wisely since there was no one to share or split with.

My server, Mona Lisa, did an awesome job with recommendations. She was wonderful. On each course, I had trouble deciding, but she helped me make up my mind and her suggestions were spot on.

I went back and forth on ordering an appetizer and I thought I may skip it since there was no one to help me eat it, but I settled on the Lump Crabcake and I'm so glad I didn't skip it. It was phenomenal. It was as pretty as it tasted and would have been a perfect light meal paired with a dinner salad. But, hey I figured I was there and I was going to go big. 

Next up was an Iceberg Lettuce Wedge. Again, I was thinking of skipping the salad, but when Mona Lisa told me how good the house-made blue cheese dressing was, I just couldn't pass it up. I love a good wedge salad and love blue cheese dressing. 

Entree selection was a tough one, but I settled on the bone-in filet. I'd never had the bone-in version and was really happy with it. Great flavor and so tender! As sides, I got the White Cheddar & Bacon Au Gratin Potatoes and the Whole Roasted Cauliflower. The potatoes were so creamy and delicious - and almost a meal by themselves. The cauliflower was served as a whole head that was then drizzled with caper viniagrette dressing. It was amazing, but by myself I barely made a dent. It could have fed 5 people. 

I swore I was not going to have any dessert and I had no room left, but at the server's urging I got the Chocolate Meltdown. It's brought to your tableside where a hot fudge sauce is poured over a chocolate dome that melts, revealing a flourless chocolate torte with chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries. It was quite a show and quite amazing. 

My first experience at Sullivan's was a wonderful one even if I was dining alone and now I look forward to revisiting with a dining partner. I noticed there's  "The Sure Thing" Prix Fixe Menu that is offered for $44. It includes a soup or salad a choice of filet mignon, broiled salmon or New York Strip Manhattan Cut (each served with a side) and a choice of New York-style cheesecake, key lime pie or Bananas Foster Bread Pudding for dessert. That's an amazing deal! Sullivan's has 15 locations across the country. For more info, go to

***I did receive a complimentary meal for purpose of a review. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.


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