The sparkling new Morton's the Steakhouse is open across McKinney Ave from the Ritz-Carlton and the Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas' dynamic Uptown neighborhood. While the Morton's in the West End had been open since May 1987, it closed after Valentine's Day in preparation for the opening of this new location. Where the West End location had the feel of an old-school steakhouse with its dark interior, the Uptown location is more in line with the company's lighter, more inviting atmosphere.
In a sign that the new Morton's is off to a colossal start, the restaurant was already "fully committed" on a Wednesday evening. We decided to show up and chance it at the open seating bar and were able to snag a spot at one of the cocktail tables in the "12-21" bar area, which is named for the first Morton's that opened in Chicago on 12/21/1978. I had a great people-watching spot for all of the Dallas beautiful people as well as high-powered businessmen and their clients. I also had a view of several flatscreens showing sports and the glass wall featuring their selection of more than 1,400 bottles of wine.
As for our food, I had the signature cut New York Strip and my buddy ordered the Chicago-Style Bone-In Ribeye steak. The follow-up conversation brought favorable comparisons to some of our favorites including Al Biernat's, Nick & Sam's, Dallas Chop House, Bob's Steak and Chop House at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Eddie V's Museum Place and III Forks.
While dinner for two can approach the $150 range, this is a prime spot to take a date. If you want to look cool for your date -- but not drop two bills -- might I suggest the bar menu that features "Power Hour" specials from Open to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Items include Blue Cheese Steak Fries, Smoked Salmon Pizza, four Petite Filet Mignon sandwiches and the Morton's Prime Burger. During this time, beer is $5, wine is $6.50 and Mortini's and Cocktails are $7.50. Another option is Morton's Three Course Dinner for $109.99 for Two. Whatever avenue you choose, you will be impressed with the latest addition to the DFW scene.
MORTON'S, THE STEAKHOUSE 2222 MCKINNEY AVE DALLAS TX 75201 (214) 741-2277
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