Thursday, February 13, 2014

Morton's The Steakhouse

Remember the night of the recent Beer Fest that I told you about? Well, we found ourselves buzzed and starving at 9PM, and you don't always make the best decisions when drinking. We hailed a cab, and headed to Morton's The Steakhouse in Downtown. "R" is always on the quest to find a great steak. A bone-in filet in Chicago at Michael Jordan's restaurant blew him away once, and he's always trying to find a comparable experience in Cleveland. Not yet. 

Now, Morton's is an international chain, so I normally wouldn't write about it. However, it's a high-end steakhouse, with only one location in the Greater Cleveland area, so I'll let it slide.

As we hungrily started to look at the menu, "R" quickly set his sights on the Baked Escargot.
Topped with puff pastry, these actually weren't as good as we had hoped. The puff pastry hadn't absorbed any of the butter and juices from the snails underneath, so they were just bland and a tad dry. The snails themselves were fine, but nothing memorable. I'd pass on this appetizer.

Then, it was time for the steak. Ah, the steak. 

We actually both ordered the bone-in Porcini-crusted Filet Mignon with roasted garlic ($60).
I may have been under the influence of alcohol, but the steak was delicious. Cooked to a perfect medium-rare, it was tender and seasoned well. It had a great seared crust on it, and the roasted garlic cloves spread like butter on the steak.

We also shared the Sauteed Spinach and Button Mushrooms and Chicago-style Horseradish Mashed Potatoes.
The sides are large enough for two people to share. Both sides were only okay, but they served their purpose. I wish that the horseradish flavor in the mashed potatoes had been stronger. It was barely there.

So, the appetizer was a disappointment and the sides were nothing special, but the real star of the meal was the steak. I guess that's what I'd hope for in a steakhouse.

Be aware, this was a crazy expensive meal. Stick to their bar menu and their "Power Hour" if you are trying to dine there on the cheap. Drink specials and $6-$7 Bar Bites make that possible.

Being located in Tower City, there are a few parking options available. Including valet at the restaurant. The atmosphere of the restaurant is what you'd expect from a typical steakhouse- dark, swanky, and many power business deals taking place. I wouldn't say that this restaurant is family-friendly.

"R" continues his hunt for the best steak in Cleveland. What restaurant has the best steak that you've ever had?

Morton's The Steakhouse
Tower City
1600 West 2nd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113


Dj said...

I had a wagyu steak at Hyde Park Steakhouse downtown. It was by far the most delicious thing I've ever ate my entire life. I took a bit home for my brother and dad to try and they fought over it. :)

Bite Buff said...

Hyde Park is a place we haven't been, so we'll have to give it a try! Thanks, DJ.