Power Hour(s) at Morton’s

Meet Me at Morton’s

By Lizzie Wilcox

February 2020

Right around the corner from Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar, in the Colonnades building, is Morton’s Steakhouse. The national chain offers specially priced drinks and bites 4 – 7 p.m. every day of the week, renaming the time slot “Power Hour.” This may refer to its clientele of local professionals on the ascendant. But, yes, you can now get a glass of Pebble Lane chardonnay for under $9 even on the weekend.

Always curious to try cocktails we’ve never heard of before, we ordered the Palm Beacher. This turned out to be pineapple-infused New Amsterdam vodka and pineapple juice shaken and served in a martini glass, and it was a sweet way to end the work week, literally. Also priced at $9.50 is the Cosmopolitan. Though the classic pink drink looks fruity, it puts the power in Power Hour.

Cosmopolitan and Palm Beacher

As for food, Morton’s has nearly a dozen small plate options available for $7, $8 and $9. Within the $7 range, we had our eyes on the Parmesan Truffle Matchstick Fries. What ensues is an almost overwhelming amount of truffle oil-tossed, parmesan-topped potato fingerlings, served in a cone-shaped stand. They come with a side of ketchup, but they’re so flavorful on their own they really don’t need it. In the $8 category are the prime cheeseburgers, shown above. Three cheeseburger sliders cooked to your liking are the perfect amount to hold you over until – or maybe even replace – dinner. If you’re going to Morton’s on payday, we highly recommend splurging $9 for the crab, spinach and artichoke dip. Spinach and artichoke dip is a bar food staple, but the chunks of crab really take it up a notch.

Crab, spinach and artichoke dip

And since Morton’s is a steakhouse after all, happy hour is a great time to sample some of their vaunted meats. These include four petite filet mignon sandwiches for $8, or the filet mignon trio for $9. You pay an extra dollar, but the lack of bread drops the calorie count from 940 to 530. And the meat is, as they say, like buttah.

We also like the Morton’s setting, where black is the new black – the floor, the tables, the chairs, the walls. Seating inside is all high top, except for the comfortable bar stools, which have leather padded seats and cloth backs to support you as the drinks continue flowing. Outside are wicker chairs and couches, all protected from precipitation by the arched colonnade.

Morton’s Steakhouse | 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd. | 305-442-1662

Parmesan Truffle Matchstick Fries