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First Impressions: Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar

My husband is a carnivore, and for years he’s been promising to take me to Hy’s Steakhouse for a treat. We finally made it there last week, and I got my first look at the much-lauded Hy’s.

Hy’s is located at Portage and Main on the first floor of the Richardson Building. This makes it very convenient for downtown workers, since you can get to it without going outside from anywhere in the skywalk system.

From all that I’d heard, Hy’s is considered a higher-end steakhouse that caters to the business people who work in the area. Its warm, opulent-looking interior with high ceilings and rich wood paneling makes it a great place to bring a business client, although it might be a bit dark to do any serious work over dinner.

My husband loves to get a bloody caeser before dinner, and usually orders it extra spicy. The bar took him seriously, and made it extra spicy – much to his delight! The wine selection is extensive, which is good because Hy’s will not allow patrons to bring in outside wine for dinner.

Dinner entrees run from about $30 to $50 each, and come with your choice of potato or rice, and a token vegetable. (Additional vegetables can be purchased as a generous side, enough to share.) Although I didn’t order it this time, I decided I have to try the caesar salad appetizer next time; I watched in fascination as a waiter prepared the caesar dressing fresh in the dining room, and served it immediately. Desserts were quite large, much to my surprise (and to the dismay of my waistline!)

Hy’s is open for dinner at 5:00pm every day, and opens for lunch at 11:30am Monday through Friday.

First Impressions is just that – my first impressions of a restaurant. I adhere to the Food Blog Code of Ethics, and prefer to only do a full review of a restaurant after I’ve visited it at least twice, whenever possible. If I write a full review of this restaurant at a later date, I will add the link to this post.

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