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Going to a steak house and not ordering steak could, at one time, be considered preposterous, but trailblazers such as Morton’s The Steakhouse have figured out that there are so many more elements to a well-regarded steak house, such as quality seafood, top-notch appetizers and elegant drinks.
It is with this mentality that Morton’s has amplified its reputation for being the King of USDA Prime-aged beef, and expanded its offerings and specialties. The Ala Moana Center location, for example, offers an extensive, award-winning wine selection, as well as a multitude of delicious appetizers, sides and combo options.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t consider the establishment’s famous steaks. After all, its USDA Prime meat is handled with the utmost care, undergoing weeks of a temperature-controlled wet-aging process in order to produce succulent, flavor-rich slabs of beef.
Aviation cocktail ($16)
According to the staff at Morton’s, some of the restaurant’s prized carnivorous items include Prime Ribeye and New York Filet Mignon. They also suggest adding any one of Morton’s beloved sides to your meal, such as Creamed Spinach, Jumbo Baked Potato and Sauteed Brussels Sprouts, or opt for a first-rate seafood dish, such as the establishment’s enhanced comfort food: Lobster Mac & Cheese ($25).
Only Morton’s could take a childhood favorite and raise it to the restaurant’s elite standards. With layers of melted cheese folded over winding curly-cues of cavatappi (“corkscrew”) pasta, this cheesy delight also includes giant lumps of lobster meat. Lastly, the dish is topped with panko breadcrumbs and even more cheese, and then baked until golden brown and oozing.
Wash everything down with one of Morton’s premier cocktail drinks, including standouts such as Aviation ($16). Take flight with this blue gem, which mixes Tanqueray Gin with Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, fresh lime juice, a few other liqueurs, the zest of a grapefruit peel and a cocktail cherry that patiently sits at the bottom of your glass.
So, whether you’re satisfying your red-meat cravings, celebrating a happy occasion, having an after-work drink or just looking for elevated American food, take the ride up to Morton’s in its grandeur escalator and arrive at your unforgettable dining destination.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
949-1300 (restaurant), 947-5293 (private dining)
Daily, 5-10 p.m.; happy hour: Sunday-Friday, 4-6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.-closing mortons.com