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Chicago Eats: Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Thanks to our conflicting work schedules, there are long stretches in which Mario and I don't have much time to hang out together. Mario works a rotating schedule and there are months in which he's just getting off shift as I'm heading out the door, or I'm getting home just as he's about to start the overnight hours. During those stretches, we spend maybe an hour or two together vegging on the couch before one of us has to crawl into bed for an early morning wake up call, but long gone are the days of leisurely weekend brunches and movie dates. After a particularly crazy stretch, we recently realized we hadn't been out together in almost four months (which is a bit of long time even for us!), so as soon as our schedules actually aligned, we knew it was finally time to break our dry spell with night of potent cocktails, delicious seafood, and live jazz at Eddie V's Prime Seafood.

Located in The Shops at North Bridge, the fine dining restaurant offers diners a variety of seasonal seafood from the Atlantic and Pacific (with a 72-hour ocean to plate policy, ensuring the freshness), premium hand-carved steaks, and a wine list with over 200 bottles from around the world (showcased in a very cool floor-to-ceiling glass-encased wine cellar). Eddie V's also features a rotating schedule of jazz and blues trios in a swanky atmosphere filled with a super attentive waitstaff. The restaurant is sexy, modern, and luxurious, making it the perfect spot for a special occasion, a fun girls night out, or as with us, a long-awaited date night.

We kicked off our night with a round of cocktails: Mario chose The Perfect Patrón Margarita (Patrón Silver Tequila, Citronge, and fresh lime), while I went for the Tokyo Gimlet (Aviation Gin, Ty Ku Sake, fresh lime, Asian yuzu fruit, and cucumber).

We arrived on the tail end of happy hour, so of course, we had to take advantage of their oyster specials. While we both tend to prefer our oysters raw, we decided to branch out and try the Carpetbagger Half Shells: fried oysters and seared tenderloin with blue cheese. They packed quite the flavor punch! It seemed like the combination could have easily been overwhelming, but the flavors all came together and perfectly balanced one another.

Maine Lobster Tacos with housemade tortillas and grilled sweet corn pico. Filled with large chunks of lobster (more lobster than filling, which is always a good sign) and a creamy sauce, these tacos were definitely a winner!

Steak and Lobster Tartare: truffled steak tartare and chilled fresh Maine lobster with toasted baguettes. It was as though the dish was specially made for us; while Mario fell hard for the flavorful steak tartare, I was all about the juicy chunks of lobster.

So much lobster deliciousness! ❤

Maine Lobster Bisque with cream and cognac. More lobster! Are you sensing a theme?

After our mini lobster tour, we moved on to our main (lobster-free!) courses. Mario chose the grilled Jumbo Gulf Shrimp served over jumbo lump crab and topped with fresh herbs, garlic, breadcrumbs, and shallots in an addictive buttery white wine sauce with a hint of mustard. The buttery shrimp paired perfectly with the lumps of sweet crab meat.

Shrimp and crab deliciousness!

As I can never turn down scallops, I went with the Georges Bank Scallops sautéed with citrus fruit, roasted almonds, and brown butter. Holy perfect plate of scallops! I absolutely loved the combination of the perfectly cooked tender scallops, the sweet/sour notes from the citrus fruit, and the nuttiness from the brown butter and almonds. It was such a well-composed dish!
One of the best scallop dishes I've had in a long time!

Finally, we ended our meal with their signature showstopper dessert: Hot Bananas Foster Butter Cake flambeed tableside and served with a scoop of butter pecan ice cream. This dessert was everything we could have wanted to end our decadent meal: warm, gooey, rich, and perfectly sinful!

How can you not love a dessert that comes complete with its own show?!

You can try all of this deliciousness and more at Eddie V's Prime Seafood: 521 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL.

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