As some of you know Mrs. Tiedemann and I have been spending a lot of weekends in Chicago working on locating a condominium. It has been a little difficult as our search area is pretty confined due to our special need to be close to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Grandson Adler has to visit Lurie often for various reasons and at times we need to use the ER when he gets sick and can’t be treated locally. Being close by the hospital has become a necessity for our family…thus the condominium project.
Spending weekend after weekend in Chicago has challenged our “go to” restaurant list. This past weekend we decided to try Sullivan’s Steakhouse. We have been there once before but it was a number of years ago.
Sullivan’s is a steakhouse chain owned and operated by Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. Del Frisco’s currently operates Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (with a location on East Oak Street in Chicago), Sullivan’s and Del Frisco’s Grille (closest location to Chicago is in Tennessee). The company was founded in 1981 and focuses on fine dining with a focus on steaks. There are 18 Sullivan’s Steakhouses in the U.S. with three of those being located in the Chicago area (Lincolnshire, Naperville and Chicago). There is also a location in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Chicago Sullivan’s is at 415 North Dearborn. It is actually at the corner of Dearborn and East Hubbard streets. You can make a reservation in a number of ways: by calling the restaurant at 312-527-3510 or through their website here or through Open Table here.
Mrs. Tiedemann and I arrived at our reservation time of 6:30 p.m. and were promptly seated in the comfortable dining area. Sullivan’s is your true steakhouse. It features a menu of prime, hand-cut, dry aged meats with plenty of seafood entrees. Mrs. Tiedemann and I skipped the starters and salads, and went for the entrées right off the bat. We ordered two filet mignons, sweet potato casserole and the three-cheese macaroni (all of the sides are large enough to share). The food was excellent and the steaks were cooked as requested. Our server Rodrigo did an excellent job of taking care of us throughout the evening.
The wine list was pretty deep with lots of good selections of all types of wines and prices. Sullivan’s wine list is a Wine Spectator award-winning list.
The wine list was explained to us by Mike Dietrich, a self confessed wine guy, and a nice guy besides. Mike asked me all the right questions about my pending wine selection. After an explanation of their “Featured Wines List” I chose, from that list, a Bordeaux-style red called NV12 Cain Cuvée from Napa Valley. The wine was reasonable priced at $65.00 per bottle (this wine’s average retail price across the U.S. is $37.00 to $40.00 a bottle).
This is a non-vintage wine. However most of the fruit is from the 2012 vintage and comes from various vineyards throughout the Napa Valley.
The wine was a reddish purple in the glass. On the nose there were aromas of berries and black cherries. On the palate there was a savory earthiness with hints of herbs, spice and ripe fruit. The finish was mild and of a fair length. It didn’t have the mouth feel I would have expected or like but all and all it has a little Old World rustic charm. It paired well with our meal and is an ideal steakhouse wine. It isn’t your typical go-to Napa Cabernet, but the NV12 is well worth a try.
The wine was rated at 88 points by Wine-Searcher and 91 points by an individual on Cellar Tracker. I would rate the wine at 88 to 90 points and suggest a drinking window of three to four years.
Mrs. Tiedemann and I found the Chicago Sullivan’s delightful. The staff was courteous and knowledgeable, the food was excellent and the prices were reasonable for a major market such as Chicago. Sullivan’s has certainly moved up on our “go to” restaurant list and I recommend you try it the next time you’re in Chicago.
McCarthy’s Spanish Wine Dinner
I wanted to remind you all that we are hosting a Spanish Wine Dinner at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk in Elkhart on Thursday evening November 10. I have selected some excellent wines for the dinner. Here is the list of wines for the evening.
- Bortolin Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG 100% Glera
- 2013 Finca La Estacada Blanco (Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc)
- 2014 Lagar de la SantinaAlbarino
- 2010 Torre De Barreda Amigos
- 2013 LaGasca Tempranillo-Petit Verdot
- 2010 Torre De Barreda Pañofino
If you want have some fun come join us for the dinner. Please make a reservation by calling McCarthy’s at 574-293-2830.
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Until next week,
Please join us for these Upcoming Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club dinners:
November 10, Spanish Wine Dinner at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk in Elkhart, 6:30 p.m.