Diners looking for a relaxing yet convivial atmosphere along with a menu featuring a fine selection of steaks, chops and seafood will be more than satisfied at Prime Steakhouse in Crown Point.
The restaurant, established eight months ago, is owned by Toula and Ted Klideris while sons Pete and Vasily also help operate the eatery and other restaurants the family owns. In the Klideris' family of restaurants is Theo's in Highland and Ted's Family Restaurant in Calumet City, Ill. (Prime is located in the building which once housed Amore Ristorante).
"We want to bring our specialty, which is quality food, to customers. We take pride in the steaks and other food we offer. People in the area who would like to have a steak can come to Crown Point. Why should they have to go to Chicago?" said Toula Klideris.
Klideris said husband Ted and son Pete are the executive chefs for all their restaurants and recipes are inspired by favorite family recipes. Among popular items at Prime, Klideris said, are the 26-ounce Bone-In Ribeye, Alaskan Red Salmon and Surf and Turf.
During a recent Saturday lunch at Prime Steakhouse, we were seated in the downstairs dining room facing the bar. Television sets above the bar feature various programs or sporting events for customers to enjoy.
The interior is casual yet upscale in a non-pretentious way. Cement walls are featured as well as an attractive tin ceiling. Prime Upstairs Lounge is located on the upper level of the restaurant and features live entertainment one Saturday every month.
After looking at the menu, we decided on the 12-ounce Ribeye ($18.95); 12-ounce NY Strip Steak ($17.95) and the 10-ounce Pork Chop ($13.95). The steaks were juicy and flavorful while the Iowa pork chop proved tender and grilled to perfection. A baked potato and asparagus accompanied the ribeye while Vesuvio potatoes were served with the strip steak and sauteed spinach was chosen for the pork chop. All entrees are served with salad and two sides. (Steaks, chops and other items ordered for dinner cost slightly more).
Among other menu items starring at Prime for lunch are Oysters Rockefeller ($12.95); Chopped Salad ($9.95); Corned Beef Panini ($9.95); Tuna Salad Croissant ($8.95); Chicken Marsala ($16.95); Lobster Ravioli ($19.95); Shrimp DeJonghe ($16.95) and Scallops ($18.95).
About the meat served at Prime, Klideris said "We age our steaks for 20 days and butcher our own steaks." She said they've long taken care to serve quality steaks and other foods through the years at Theo's as well. "We've been in the restaurant business for 40 years," she said, adding the culinary field is a tradition with the family.
With Prime, Klideris said, "We want people to feel at home and to feel like they're part of our family. We want them to relax and enjoy a wonderful evening."
FYI: Prime Steakhouse is located at 109 W. Joliet St., Crown Point (It's right across the street from the Courthouse). Call (219) 663-7377 or visit primesteakhousecp.com. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays; 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 8 p.m. Sundays.