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MORTON’S STEAKHOUSE – NOT A BYOB

Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Morton's Steakhouse, Philly BYOB Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by ballymote

I’ve been to a few different Morton’s Steakhouses over the years. When they are good, they are very good, when they are bad, they are memorably bad. Morton’s in the King of Prussia Mall is VERY good. Our company was hosting some out of town visitors and this was one of three dinners they will attend during their two weeks in town. If the other two are as good as this they should leave Philly a few pounds heavier. We ordered from a pre-arranged limited menu but what it lacked in quantity of choices it made up for in quality of product. It seemed that none of the eight diners were able to ascertain what the letters S-A-L-M-O-N spelled because no one ordered any and the same held true for C-H-I-C-K-E-N. It was if they had all attended a secret meeting before arriving where someone whispered to them “Psssst….if you go to Morton’s, order the S-T-E-A-K.” Fortunately, I was able to persuade Kelly from Charleston, SC to split the chicken with me so that I’d have another entrée photo for the blog.

Our server was also named Kelly and although she shared my pain that we were both missing the evening’s episode of “The Bachelorette” she did a great job of  unobtrusively making sure that all of our dining needs were taken care of all evening.

She suggested a couple of appetizer sampler trays, one cold, and the other baked. The trays were huge with heaping portions of shrimp, crab, lobster, oysters and clams on the cold tray and yummy scallops wrapped in bacon, mini-crab cakes, huge breaded coconut shrimp and other delights from the sea on the baked plate. The warm onion loaf bread was also delicious and if the meal ended right here I’m sure none of us would have left hungry.

We had a couple of nice wines. The first was the always dependable Estancia Meritage, a 2006 vintage. The other was a 2007 Duck Pond Pinot Noir from Oregon. When Kelly saw how much I enjoyed the Pinot she brought us a sample of the 2007 Tony Soter , Mineral Springs Ranch. It was terrific and I rightfully ordered the rest of the bottle. Everyone at the table seemed to enjoy the wines and the conversation was lively and enjoyable as we all learned things about each other.

The chatter around the table came to a screeching halt as the steaks arrived, each accompanied by perfectly cooked green beans and a piping hot baked potato. The lone chicken platter arrived the same way with not one or two but THREE large portions of tender breast meat. Most of the guests tried to finish as much as they could because they were staying at a hotel and had no way to protect leftovers. I was more fortunate as I took most of my chicken and potato home for another meal. We would have all been ready to stagger away from the table but there was dessert to come. A tempting slice of cheesecake made it’s way to some; a delectable key lime pie found a home with a couple, and most had opted for a devilishly sweet chocolate mousse. All provided a nice ending to a very enjoyable meal. If good food, good wine and good conversation all make for memorable evenings then Morton’s did a good job of making that happen.

CREED’S SEAFOOD AND STEAKHOUSE (NOT A BYOB)

Posted in Creed's Seafood and Steaks, Philly BYOB Reviews, Uncategorized, Wine Dinners with tags , , , on March 9, 2010 by ballymote

  We had a group of young interns from all over the country visiting our company for two weeks of training and I joined them for dinner this evening at Creed’s in King of Prussia. When you spend as much time as I do dining at the myriad of great BYOB’s in the Delaware Valley it seems strange to be sitting at a table perusing a wine list and trying to select something from the triple mark-up bottles on hand. The wine list at Creed’s is no better than passable; many of the offerings replaced by a piece of white tape to indicate “sold out”. Not the classiest of ways to accomplish that goal

The 2008 Susana Balbo “Crios” Malbec appeared to be a safe choice and something that might go well with a steak. The wine has a full bouquet of cherries and spices and a lush mouthfeel that I could tell would go well with a nice filet. On this particular evening you could be factually correct in calling it a $15.00 wine that drinks like a $50.00 wine because that’s how much it was on the wine list (can you sense I am missing my BYOB’s?).

There were a few different appetizers brought to the table, some nice shrimp cocktail, fried calamari and some tuna.

                                                        I decided to try the lobster bisque. It came nice and hot to the table, had good color and pleasant taste. It was not one of those bisque that featured large pieces of lobster. There were a few, but it lived up to its bisque name. Most of the others at the table thought it was fine. I also had the Creed’s Classic Wedge Salad, applewood smoked bacon, fresh roma tomatoes, hard-boiled egg and blue cheese dressing. In my opinion, there are few salads better than the wedge of iceburg lettuce with tangy blue cheese dressing. This one was no exception; fresh and delicious.

Most of the group chose steak as their entree.

I selected the Center Cut Filet Mignon with Brandy Peppercorn Sauce ($38). It came with green beans and the meat nestled nicely on a bed of potatoes. The steak was ok, nothing special and I’d rate the entire entree a C. I’m not sure what I was expecting at Creed’s but whatever my expectations were, they were not exceeded. It’s hard to explain, they seem to do all the right things, refilling your water glass, replacing silverware, scooping up crumbs. Maybe it was the fact that we had nine people and it just seemed to have “wedding meal” feel to the entire evening.

One of the group ventured from the carnivore trail and ordered one of the evening “specials”, the Tile Fish, a firm, mild flavored white fish. The dish looked inviting and he was pleased with his choice.

The others all seemed to choose the other “special” of the evening., “Surf and Turf”, a decent size helping of filet accompanied by a crab cake. Again, most of our party thought the steak was average at best although some found the crab cake very good. Overall, it was an enjoyable evening and I can’t say it was a bad meal, it just wasn’t anything memorable. If you go to Creed’s, visit their website prior to going and print out the online coupon offering $15.00 OFF the purchase of two entrees prior to 6:00 P.M.

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