Another Charlotte Restaurant Week comes to a close and we celebrated by going to Sullivan’s Steakhouse. We brought our friends Jeri and Robert Walton to dine with us, and we all ended up getting nearly the same thing. But, you know, it’s Restaurant Week and you only get a certain amount of choices, so duplications are an inevitability. We left our home early, anticipating trouble from yesterday’s ice storm, and arrived at our destination without incident, happily, and 30 minutes early. As we sat down to wait, we were seated within 5 minutes! Score!
Our server was prompt and thorough. We never wanted for anything. For our first course my husband and I had the Caesar Salad. It was really large for a simple side dish, and the dressing was creamy and delicious. Nothing fancy, but decent. Our friends tried the Lobster and Shrimp Bisque and the Wedge Salad, which came with blue cheese crumbles, fresh diced tomatoes and blue cheese dressing.
For our second course, we all chose the filet mignon with grilled jumbo shrimp. It was served atop a pile of horseradish mashed potatoes and alongside a tumble of grilled vegetables. The filet was fine, though 2 of our steaks were switched. We didn’t discover until we dug in, then there was the awkward figuring out who had who’s steak and switching among ourselves. The shrimp were delicious, cleaned well (huge plus) but everything was heavily spiced with pepper. There was nothing wrong with my filet, but I’ve had the same flavor at home on our grill. So, yes, nothing special. I loved the creamy horseradish potatoes most, but they can keep those under-grilled and under-seasoned veggies that were limply sitting on the side of our steak.
Our last course, dessert, was for me the best course. We had the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with vanilla ice cream. It was so yummy! Sweet and creamy and not too banana-y. It was amazing. Our friend had the chocolate mousse, bless his heart.
In the end, I have to give Sullivan’s a thumbs down, only because nothing I had was over the top delicious. You can get a better steak at many other Charlotte restaurants: Beef and Bottle, Firebirds or Morton’s.