Legendary Flavors Sizzle as This Holiday Season Heats Up

Columns Foodie Fare

October 20, 2013

Story By: Christina O Connor |

Renowned throughout the country and the world, Morton’s The Steakhouse is something of a legend when it comes to serving up the highest quality steaks and other fine foods.

It’s appropriate, then, that its latest promotion reflects that. The “Legendary Flavors” promotion, which runs from now through the end of the year, features five dishes that will have newcomers hooked and remind regulars just what makes Morton’s so widely praised.

“The Legendary Flavors dishes are great deals, they are welcome additions to our menu,” says general manager Zyron Schoniwitz. “They are exciting dishes, and they are an extremely good values for our guests.”

One Legendary Flavors dish includes the Sweet Potato Gratin ($12), which features roasted and mashed sweet potatoes baked with a cinnamon-pecan butter topping.

“What is really great about this dish is that we are doing it with a local twist by adding Okinawan sweet potatoes that are grown locally on the Big Island,” explains Schoniwitz.

Another dish ― and one that Schoniwitz is particularly excited about ― is Bacon Steak ($12), which features two hickory smoked pork belly steaks with cracked peppercorn and maple reduction.

“The maple reduction sauce is really amazing. It’s really hard to describe how good this dish is until you take a bite of it yourself,” he says. “The flavor really blows you away.”

Bacon Steak already has proved to be a favorite among customers as well.

“I have had people come in three nights in a row to have that,” Schoniwitz adds. “Our regulars love it. Three nights in a row! And you know what? It really is that good.”

If you’re going to come to Morton’s The Steak-house, there’s a good chance you will want to try the steak ― and the Legendary Flavors menu offers a great way to do that with the Porcini Crusted Bone-In Filet ($59). The dish features a 12 ounce filet topped with a porcini mushroom crust, madeira demiglace and whole roasted garlic.

“It is just really, really something,” Schoniwitz says of the filet.

For a side dish to go with the steak or any number of dishes, Schoniwitz recommends Mixed Wild Mushrooms ($12), which features mixed mushrooms sauteed with butter and garlic, topped with fresh-grated Parmesan cheese.

“This was so popular that we brought it over from our last promotion,” he says. “It is such a nice side dish.”

On the Side

Morton’s The Steakhouse got its start in Chicago in 1978, and it has since expanded into a chain of international restaurants. The Honolulu location opened in 2001, and its string of restaurants continues to grow due to its widespread popularity.

“We are opening a lot of restaurants,” explains general manger Zyron Schoniwitz. “And they are opening up quite rapidly.”

In addition to its dozens of locations throughout the country, Morton’s also has restaurants throughout the world. It recently opened a second restaurant in Shanghai and one in Beijing.

Schoniwitz got his start in the restaurant industry at Nick’s Fish Market as a bus boy. He worked his way up to become a manager and went on to manage former hotspot the Black Orchid. After helping to launch Morton’s locally, he went on to oversee the restaurant’s Singapore operations before returning to the Islands about a year ago.

Morton’s already has the holiday season in mind and is running a number of special features. During the holiday shopping season, you have the chance to enjoy lunch at Morton’s while you take a break between stores. Lunch openings will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.

Also for the holidays, Morton’s is running a private party booking incentive. Group parties are eligible to receive gift cards for up to $500 depending on how much the party spends. To receive the incentive, the event must be booked by Nov. 1 and take place between Nov. 11 and Jan. 17. For more gift card deals, Morton’s also will be offering a limited-time only $20 reward gift card with the purchase of every $100 worth of gift cards from now through Dec. 24.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m.
Sunday, 5-10 p.m.

Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, HI 96814

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