Morton's The Steakhouse Power Hour
By: Maren Swanson
April 1st, 2013
It was a "Deal Queen" kind of day. I had decided to invite my girlfriend on an SLS Beverly Hills excursion to a wedding/bridal show. The deal on Gilt City was too good to pass up, so we decided to geek out and browse bridal gowns while sipping on overly sweet cocktails. I figured there would be a bunch of non-engaged ladies perusing the show for their free samples, too. You see, I'm not engaged or married, but why should that matter? $30 for passed bites, cocktails samplers and a free gift bag should be enough to get most any female (ok, me) through the door. Basically, wedding happy hour.
So, it was ON. Immediately after checking in, I was asked, "Are you the bride?" I replied, "Uh, yes, the bride-to-be." At that moment, it started to get weird. I hid my left hand under my bulky gift bag to hide my naked ring finger, but the questions continued and I was getting bad at improvising. I pulled my friend aside. "We NEED a plan! I sound like an idiot. Ok, so when is my fake wedding going to take place?" Late, next fall. It was settled. I stood confident and played their game. Four cupcakes, two chocolate dipped strawberries, and a Skinny Girl Cosmo later, I was in need of some real food so we decided to take off.
Upon exiting the SLS hotel, my internal happy hour GPS instantly ignited, guiding us to Morton's The Steakhouse a few feet away. I remembered that their happy hour lasted until 6:30pm, so we had 25 minutes to enjoy the continued deals. We entered the darkly lit, classy restaurant and headed to the bar. The Power Hour menu stood erect on the lounge table, and luckily, it was full with decadent options. The cocktails/martinis were offered at $8 (normally $14) a piece and included: Vodka Martini, Gin Martini, Cosmopolitan, Palm Beacher, Manhattan, and a Mojito. Beer could be purchased for $5.50 and wine for $7.
My friend was on a no sugar diet, so I'm sure the bartender was pleased when she asked if any of the drinks could be tailored for her from the happy hour menu. Thankfully, he was cool and offered her a vodka soda at the same price. I, on the other hand, was exhausted from answering all of those stressful bridal questions so I was in the mood for something a little stronger. He suggested the Palm Beacher, a martini served with house-infused pineapple. One sip and I was a happy woman. The cold cocktail was refreshing and not too sweet.
It was time for some upscale grub, so we ordered the Tuna Tacos ($7) and the Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches ($7). I'm usually hesitant to order raw tuna happy hour appetizers at most restaurants, but at Morton's, I hoped the quality would be excellent - and it was. Three tacos arrived in a crispy wanton shell with some salsa fresco and avocado on the side. The filet sandwiches were a great no-carb option for my friend with the bread removed. The meat inside was perfectly seasoned and very tender. I can't tell you how hard it is to find GREAT happy hour quality menu items. If there had been more time, I would've kept on ordering, but it was time to head home and do damage control on the bags of bridal magazines that my boyfriend was sure to question.
Morton's "Power Hour," although short-lived for me, was excellent. It was also exciting to discover that they offer it late night, too. The atmosphere was high-end, but the prices were not - good news for this deal queen. Now I can't say the same about the dinner service prices, but who can complain when you serve consistently great food and drinks? Not this lady.
Morton's The Steakhouse (Beverly Hills)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Power Hour: Monday - Friday,
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