Friday, October 26, 2018

China - Hong Kong - Morton's

In 2015, we spent our honeymoon in Hong Kong. We had never been to Hong Kong before so we wanted to explore as much as possible. We stayed in a few places, including a couple of nights in Macau.

The first two nights we stayed at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers on the mainland side of the city. We were exhausted after a 14 1/2 hour flight from Seattle. Not to mention the time difference! Inside the Sheraton there are several restaurants. We were thrilled to see one of those was Morton's The Steakhouse

I know this is not exactly what you expect in a review about steak in Hong Kong, but Morton's has a steak no steak lover can complain about.  The location is fantastic on the fourth level of the building overlooking Victoria Harbour toward the financial district of Hong Kong. You can sit in the bar area for a casual atmosphere. The dining room is a little more formal and romantic. It has amazing views and at night you can see Hong Kong's spectacular show, "A Symphony of Lights".

We ordered simply - the New York strip cooked medium rare. As you can see from the photo, it was cooked perfectly. We paired it with "Parmesan and Truffle Matchstick Fries". 

We paired the meal with a very nice Malbec.

This is when we first started discussing creating this blog so please forgive the lack of photos or close-ups of the steak. We ate at the restaurant a few times and everything was perfect each visit. I highly recommend Morton's for a great steak no matter what type of atmosphere you are looking for.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Alabama - Mobile

Briquettes Steakhouse

During our seven day cross country road trip from Tacoma, Washington, to Florida's Space Coast, our last overnight stop was in Mobile, Alabama.We didn't want to drive into downtown Mobile or to the bay, but we did want to have a nice dinner and a nice steak. 

We arrived in Mobile early and decided on an early dinner so we could get a fresh start for our longest and last day of driving. Our search turned up Briquettes Steakhouse 0.2 miles away from the hotel. The moment you walk in Briquettes, you smell the aroma of steak being cooked on a wood fire grill. The restaurant was almost empty due to the time and we sat at the bar as we typically do. It started to fill up with an after work crowd ordering cocktails and some couples on date night in the bar area. There is a separate dining area for families and those who prefer table seating away from the bar.

I decided on the New York Strip with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus for $21.99. Mauricio had a Porterhouse with grilled rosemary red potatoes and a salad for $28.99.

Wow! This meal was amazing! I am pretty sure that we also had appetizers but it has been over a year since we ate at Briquettes and all I remember is how delicious those steaks were. 

Here is a close up of my New York. The wood grill gives the cuts an outstanding flavor. The sides were made from scratch and almost good enough to out do the steak. We paired our meal with one our favorite Malbecs - Doña Paula 2014.

My recommendation is if you ever find yourself in Mobile or even driving through on I-65, make the trip to Briquettes. It is worth every cent!

Texas - Fort Stockton

K-Bob's Steakhouse

During our seven day road trip across the country from Tacoma, Washington, to Florida, we had a stop over in Fort Stockton, Texas. It was the fourth night and we had not ventured away from our hotel for dinner yet.

Since we were in Texas, we thought it would be sacrilege to not eat a steak. We were staying at La Quinta in Fort Stockton and did a Google search for a steak house. We found one half a mile away.

 K-Bob's Steakhouse was the restaurant of choice and it was a good choice. K-Bob' states they currently have 11 locations around the Southwest but the restaurant was unknown to us. I ordered the 10 oz. "Rodeo Ribeye" with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus for $19.99. The steak was cooked to the right temperature (medium-rare) and the flavor was good. Mauricio loved his. I thought this was a steak I couldn't find anything wrong with but it didn't blow me away. 

The restaurant has a massive salad bar and a fun atmosphere. The sides were fantastic. I was also happy to see there were more wine selections than expected with some Italian choices and a couple of local vineyard options, not just the typical California fare.

As far as recommendations go, I would recommend K-Bob's if you find your self on I-10 in Fort Stockton, Texas. I wouldn't call it the best steak I've ever had, but worth the price.