Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates Morton's of Chicago, a high-end steakhouse restaurant chain aimed at a business clientele, and Bertolini's Authentic Trattorias, a smaller chain offering Italian specialties in a casual dining atmosphere. At the end of 1998 Morton's Restaurant Group owned and operated 43 Morton's of Chicago and 12 Bertolini's units. All Morton's of Chicago restaurants were similar in style, concept, and decor, and were located in retail, hotel, commercial, and office building complexes in major metropolitan areas and urban centers. Catering primarily to business-oriented clients, Morton's of Chicago had an average per person check of about $65 in 1998. The Bertolini's restaurants offered white tablecloth service, with an average per person check of about $20. Morton's Restaurant Group also held a minority of stock in two other restaurant chains, Mick's and Peasant.
Steak and Lobster
Don't worry, we won't make you choose between the two. Until November 30, enjoy a succulent steak and cold water lobster tail for only $49.95 at select locations.
SURF and TURF
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 lobster tails (8 to 10 ounces each)
4 beef tenderloin steaks (4 ounces each)
4 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
Herb Butter: In a small skillet, saute garlic in 2 teaspoons oil until tender; remove from the heat. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, green onions, thyme, lemon peel, salt, pepper, cayenne and reserved garlic. Set aside 1/2 cup for crumb topping. Add softened butter to remaining herb mixture; mix well. Shape into a 1-in.-thick log; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
For crumb topping, combine the bread crumbs, melted butter and reserved herb mixture; set aside.
Lobster: Split lobster tails in half lengthwise. With cut side up and using scissors, cut along the edge of shell to loosen the cartilage covering the tail meat from the shell; remove and discard cartilage. Place lobster tails on a baking sheet; top with reserved crumb topping. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until meat is firm and opaque and crumbs are golden brown.
Steaks: Meanwhile, sprinkle steaks with coarse pepper. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook steaks in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Unwrap herb butter; cut four 1/4-in.-slices from log. Place one slice on each steak. Serve with lobster. Rewrap remaining butter; refrigerate for 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.