By Sue Arrowsmith
One good thing to come out this recession is the abundance of budget-friendly menus. Some fine dining establishments, like Morton’s in Coral Gables, have caught on.
About a year and a half ago, the pricey steakhouse started its Power Hour and it’s been a hit since. The special runs seven days a week from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 – close.
At Morton’s 12.21 bar, located to the far right of the establishment, you can sample some of the restaurant’s exquisite cuisine, as well as priced-down beers, cocktails and martinis for a fraction of what a steak costs in the dining room.
Some of the best deals are: Mini Crab Cake BLTs ($6), three plump crab cakes topped with bacon, lettuce and tomato and served on silver dollar rolls; Four Petit Filet Mignon Sandwiches ($6), served with mustard mayonnaise on sesame-topped buns (meat is cooked medium-rare, unless you request otherwise); and the Three Prime Cheeseburgers ($6), mini burgers topped with cheese, lettuce and tomato on silver dollar rolls.
If you’re not a fan of beef, they have a few other options, such as the Iceberg Wedge Bites ($5), Bleu Cheese Steak Fries ($5, no meat) and Smoked Salmon Pizza ($6).
Stepping inside Morton’s bar is like being transported to one of Frank Sinatra’s hang outs. It’s a classy joint – mahogany wood, dim lighting, plush red chairs, and jazz music playing.
The drinks are decadent and beautifully-executed as well. Try the Long Beacher, one of their signature “Mortinis,” for $7.50. Watch as the bartender pours top-shelf vodka into a large glass jar filled with pineapple chunks and then pours out the mixture through the bottom, gives it a shake and serves the frothy drink in an elegant martini glass.
Morton’s also offers outside seating with a view of bustling Miracle Mile.
Morton’s Bar 12.21
2333 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, Fl. 33134
Monday – Saturday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close
Sundays, 5 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close
*Very busy on Fridays. Tuesdays and Sundays are most quiet.