After eating a well mannered rib eye plus two jumbo chunks of under cooked broccoli at Mortons over the weekend, I pondered the difference between that meal and the one the night before. Fortunately we were spared the presentation of the steak and lobster and the recitation of what is done to make a tomato and red onion salad - that's because we knew what we wanted to eat - ribeye and porterhouse. Had an OK though small caesar salad not overwhelmed by croutons and the steak came pretty quick. What really amazed me was that it was too well mannered - the meat had no soul (OK kill me, but I like the more fatty ribeye, three in a pack from Smart and Final). The broccoli was so crunchy as to be almost inedible except for the outlying florets. Lynonnaise potatoes were crunchy with too many big chunks of undercooked onion and the key lime pie hadn't seen any lime recently but a LOT of sugar made up the difference.
The night before we ate at Sweet Sue's in Catheral City. I ordered the special of honey dipped fried chicken. It was outstanding, served with real mashed potatoes, good white gravy and plenty of green beans plus a great salad with home made blue cheese dressing. $8.95 dinner special. Partner had braised lamb shanks, equally savory and huge portion - I think this was $10.95, came with the same vegetables and salad. Compared to the $150 we dropped the next night ($100 gift cert plus drinks plus tip) - this was delicious eating as opposed to a ho hum steak.