So, as a pre valentines-day fancy dinner, I made reservations for two at Morton’s of Chicago (yes, they have a Boston location). Some of you may already know that I’m a big fan of the local steakhouse Grill 23 , and have also enjoyed the local branch of another chain: The Capital Grille . I originally intended to make reservations for the abovementioned Grill 23, or perhaps even to try the (newly opened) local branch of Ruth’s Chris. But, alas, it being the Sunday before Valentine’s day, and me being a procrastinator, there were no available reservations on Open Table for an early dinner. By the way, I highly recommend Open Table as a way to not only make reservations, but peruse the list of local fine dining establishments. But, I digress.
It turns out that all that business about limited reservations being available became a moot point, as a major snowstorm, or "noreaster" as we call them here, blew in and kept everyone at home. But, that’s for another blog entry. I was somewhat skeptical about Morton’s, mainly due to the fact that it is a chain, and that it was not as well reviewed as Ruth’s Chris or Grill 23. I was very pleasantly surprised. The crabcakes were of the largest lumps that I have ever seen (which is noteable since I did live in Maryland for a few summers and have had my share of crabcakes). The Lyonnaise potatoes were cooked in some sort of bacon grease, which made them all the more yummy. And the steak, well, it was just fantastic. I won’t go as far as saying it was as good as Grill 23, but I’ll highly recommend this place. I can’t really comment on the atmosphere, since we were one of only two couples that were able to brave the "blizzard of ’06" to make it out. Oh, and for dessert, the molton chocolate cake was quite delicious as well.