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A wedding anniversary is a special occasion for a celebration dinner. Choosing the right place can be a daunting task, but for our 49th wedding anniversary, my wife and I couldn’t have chosen a finer place than Sullivan’s Steakhouse at Keystone at the Crossing.

Everything was just what you’d expect for a fine dining restaurant. Sullivan’s Web site says their 19 restaurants around the country are a 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse that offers some of the finest certified angus beef, select seafood, veal, pork, lamb and chicken entrees, appetizers, soups, salads and side dishes.

Sullivan’s specialty is a 20-ounce bone-in Kansas City strip steak. We opted for something less filling.

For the salad course, I selected a wedge of iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles and tomatoes. My wife chose a summer mixed greens medley with tomatoes, cucumbers and balsamic vinaigrette.

An 8-ounce filet mignon, which my wife said was cooked to perfection at medium well, was her choice for the entree. Our server, Andrea, suggested that she have the chef butterfly, so that it could be cooked more to her liking. It was a super suggestion with the filet showing just a trace of pink on the inside. Side dishes of Sullivan’s horseradish mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus completed her main course.

I ordered a scrumptious 8-ounce salmon fillet with lemon butter sauce and side dishes of crab-fried rice and the steamed asparagus. The fried rice was memorable because it featured a mound of flaked crab on top of it.

Desserts were key lime pie and bananas Foster bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Those had to be taken home because Sullivan’s gave us a complimentary dessert of chocolate soufflé for our anniversary.

In addition to the steaks, chops and seafood, the restaurant features what it calls “The Contender” section of the menu. A couple of examples include blue cheese meatloaf with horseradish mashed potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, onions and Bordelaise sauce for $18; and a slow cooked pork shank with creamy mashed potatoes and pan braising sauce for $19. Each entrée includes a lettuce wedge salad.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Sullivan’s says its bar boasts live entertainment nightly and has an extensive inventory of liquor and wines. Every Thursday in the bar, there is a “Swingin’ at Sully’s” party with food and drink features.

From the moment we entered the parking lot and had complimentary valet parking until we were ready to leave, the staff at Sullivan’s worked to make our dinner something special. And they did. I think I’ve found a new favorite restaurant.

You can e-mail Jack Sales at jack-recorder@indy.rr.com.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Keystone at the Crossing

3316 E. 86th St.

Indianapolis, IN 46240

Phone: (317) 580-1280

Reservations are accepted.

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