Last night we were treated to dinner at Sullivan’s. I have to say that it’s pretty easy to like a steakhouse. In fact, I can’t remember going to one that I actually hated. This one fell right in line with the rest. Unpretentious. Satisfying. And more than I could possibly eat.
The menu at Sullivan’s has a few items highlighted in red that are what they consider to be their specialties. We ordered a lot of those. We started with “The Knockout” cocktail. Served in a martini glass, it’s an infused vodka drink that’s light and fruity. It tasted dangerously un-alcoholic. As in, I could have easily tossed back a second one without even really thinking about it. I resisted.
Our appetizers were a classic Oysters Rockefeller and Crispy Shanghai Calamari. The oysters were nice, though, I thought they could have used a couple of more seconds under the broiler. I did enjoy the dish, though. You don’t see it everywhere these days. The calamari was tossed in an Asian sweet sauce. I believe their were some sliced pepperoncini thrown in there as well. The flavor was very bold. Nice starters.
You know how you try not to order the same thing as your spouse so you can try more dishes at a restaurant you’re going to for the first time? Well, I got the Caesar salad and Hubbard got the wedge salad with blue cheese dressing. I should have ordered the same salad as Hubbard. The Caesar was fine, but that wedge was really tasty. The dressing was full of cheese crumbles and had a pleasantly mild flavor. Often blue cheese can be a bit past it’s prime and too strong tasting. This was just right for a salad.
We both ordered the Oscar version of our steaks. I had the filet and Hubbard had the KC strip. Our waiter explained that meat shipped to New York was often off the bone because of the additional cost incurred by the extra weight. Hence, the New York Strip steak. In Kansas City they didn’t have to ship the meat, it was already there. They served their strip steaks on the bone which gives the steak an extra boost of meaty flavor. I tasted Hubbard’s and I really believe that to be true. We like to have something a little different from what we would have at home when we go out. So, we topped both steaks with a bearnaise sauce and lump crab meat. I don’t know who Oscar was but he had a great idea when he came up with that one. The steaks were perfectly prepared. I can’t wait to finish mine today. Classic creamed spinach and horseradish mashed potatoes rounded out the experience. Your basic steak goodness as far as the eye could see.
Still there was dessert. I love a boozy coffee drink after dinner. We ordered the coconut cream pie and the black bottom peanut butter pie. Yum on both counts. As usual, I was so stuffed by the time dessert rolled around that I could barely eat any at all. Again, something else delicious to enjoy today!