My wife and I aren't lounge freaks or bar hounds to we only stopped in momentarily on the way out to see the huge 70-inch flat screen HDTV that adjacent diners declared "you just have to see it." For us, in a restaurant town as competitive as Chicago, what separates one steakhouse from another is the quality of the food and the service, in that order. No frills, no live music, no gimmicks. Sullivan's Steakhouse at 415 North Dearborn Street, at the corner of Hubbard and Dearborn in the bustling River North neighborhood, offers all the right things. And its location is a plus, right in the middle of everything, only a short walk from North Michigan Avenue. It's a great place to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and to schmooze with business colleagues and old college fraternity brothers, even a good place for a romantic first date. The food is the star of the show. The menu is filled with delicious seafood and steak options. For starters, how about a cup of shrimp and lobster bisque or fresh onion soup or a jumbo shrimp cocktail or oysters on the half shell or lump crabcake? If you prefer fish to meat, try the sea scallops or pan seared sea bass or King crab legs or broiled Bay of Fundy salmon or one-pound lobster tail. If you're not into steak, order roasted rack of lamb or roasted chicken. But Sullivan's is all about steak. How can you pass up steak at a steakhouse? You can order everything from an eight-ounce filet mignon to a 26-ounce dry aged long bone ribeye, from a 14-ounce dry aged New York strip to a 24-ounce Porterhouse. A baked potato or white cheddar au gratin potatoes is a tasty side. For dessert, we shared a big slice of warm chocolate cake. But it was hard to pass up the key lime pie or the New York style cheesecake or the Bananas Foster bread pudding. Oh yes, Sullivan's offers live music. But the food is the best entertainment of all.
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