Morton's Bar Bites: Power Hour Pricing vs. Rip-off Rates

Categories: Happy Hour Hunt
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John Zur
Crab Cakes
​On a visit to Morton's the Steakhouse, in Brickell, we narrowly missed the power hour, which features appetizers priced from $5 to $6, so had to try the food at regular prices. Power hour pricing also includes select beers ($5), wines by the glass ($6.50), and cocktails ($7.50).

The blue cheese steak fries ($10.50) are fresh and served hot, with a side of ketchup. They come with melted blue cheese, red pepper flakes, and chives. They are delicious fries.

The crab cakes ($15) come optionally BLT style. We tried them as cakes. They are moist and have no overpowering crab, or seafood, taste. The dollop of tartar sauce is a bit small for the portion.

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John Zur
The best of the bar bites: bleu cheese steak fries.
Four petite filet mignon sandwiches ($14), a best seller according to sales and marketing manager Aida Acosta-Jane, are an underwhelming effort. They are light on meat and have too much bread as a result. They need more meat and perhaps cheese, lettuce, tomato, and/or onion.

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John Zur
Petite filet mignon sandwiches.
The chicken goujonettes ($10.50, another best seller) crispy chicken strips, with mustard mayo, weren't that flavorful. They could use a spicy kick such as honey mustard. They were moist and didn't have too much breading; both good things.

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John Zur
The chicken strips that aren't so bad.
Service was a little slow, as one bartender took care of two tables and two patrons at the bar and it still took ten minutes before our wine was served. By the time the wine arrived, the food was there. Service was occasionally on point, like knowing that two of us were sharing the Caesar salad ($11, not eligible for the power hour pricing), and it arrived at our table already split; nice touch.

When Acosta-Jane was asked why the glaring discrepancy in pricing between power hour and regular hours, she offered, "Morton's caters to many different dining experiences. The power hour option is designed for more of a happy hour crowd. Regardless of the time of day, Morton's commitment to quality food is always on the menu." The way it stands, the discrepancy is just too much to stomach. The food isn't worth regular prices. The bar bites menu is consistent and doesn't change often. Booze come at decent happy hours prices, but better deals can be had elsewhere in Brickell.

Your best bet is to catch the power hour, but beware the possibility of agonizingly slow service.

Power hours are schedule Monday to Friday 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close; and Saturday to Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.

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Location Info

Morton's The Steakhouse

1200 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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6 comments
Allaboutray
Allaboutray

You're a typical south Florida schmuck. Why even mention the pricing issue? You didn't get there at the right time. Just focus on the food.

305pride
305pride

The Morton's in Coral Gables is on point for its power hour special. Great spot to hit before a night of drinking. Next time try the smoke salmon pizza. Small portion but great. Recent power hour experience around 10 p.m., two bar bits (steak sandwiches and salmon pizza), steak fries, two cocktails and a beer like 45 with tip. Can't beat that price for the environment your in. It's a fufu steak house, for a Saturday night not bad. Better than some places in the Gables.

Jummmmmy!
Jummmmmy!

Yeah if you had got there for power hour pricing you would be saying everything tasted "DAMN GOOOOOOD"! I wouldn't give Morton's a dollar if it wasn't for their spectacular bar menu and pricing during power hour! Better luck next time! Yah and PLEASE redo this article once you've visited then.

fedupinfla
fedupinfla

Gujonette must be French for "price gouging." Seriously, chicken tenders and sliders? I've seen better chicken tenders at questionable fast food establishments in overtown.

No restaurant of this alleged caliber should be putting out mediocre menu worthy of Applebee's.

SteveBM
SteveBM

Since when is honey mustard spicy?

Ed
Ed

Damn you fucked up on this one.  You fucked up by getting there late, but you could've gone later as the Power Hour starts up again from 9:00 till close.  You fucked up by ordering plain crabcakes instead of the sandwich with the bacon which completely changes the profile.  And you fucked up by not ordering the mini-burgers which are quite possibly some of the best burgers in the city!  I say we forget this experience and have a do-over!

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