Believe it or not, one of the best happy hours in town is at Morton’s Steakhouse in West Palm Beach. It’s a great opportunity to experience the ambience, service and food at a top notch steakhouse without breaking the bank.
Starting at 5:00 pm until closing every night, they offer a “Bar Bites” menu in the lounge with an assortment of tasty appetizers ranging from $5 to $6 a plate.
An absolute favorite are the delicious and juicy cheeseburger sliders – three per plate for $5 (for a few dollars more they will throw in a fourth). Stacked a few inches high layered with a slice of tomato, onion, lettuce and cheese – they will make you a “slider snob” in no time.
Other bites include filet mignon sandwiches, crab cake BLTs or the smoked salmon pizza plus iceberg wedge bites, blue cheese steak fries and chicken goujonettes (a fancy name for fried chicken strips). Even though the choices are limited, they will not disappoint.
There are drink specials on the “Power Hour” menu featuring “Mortinis” such as the “Palm Beacher” and others standards including a Manhattan and Mojito – all for $7.50. And they offer quite a few choices of beers and wines for $5.
The bar and lounge area accommodates about 50 people and is typical of a steakhouse; dimly lit, lots of dark wood with high top tables and big cozy booths. There is always an after-work crowd of area business people and locals, and sometimes it can be standing room only, especially in season. As the night progresses the crowd thins out but remains steady.
The highlight of Morton’s is really Terry, the consummate mixologist with a gift for making some of the best cocktails around. He is charming, attentive and never forgets a name!
One of his best cocktails is the infamous Rubytini, a tasty concoction of Absolute Ruby Red vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice, triple sec and fresh-squeezed lime served in a perfectly chilled martini glass with a sugared rim.
Of course, dining at Morton’s remains first-rate – incredible service and food is what makes it iconic. But because of the specials at the bar – the lounge remains very popular.
Morton’s has been a fixture on the West Palm Beach dining scene for over 19 years and is located in the Phillips Point Building at the corner of Flagler and Lakeview/ Okeechobee Blvd. They offer complimentary valet parking and are open 7 days a week for dinner starting at 5:00 pm.
If you go, tell Terry I said hello!