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What’s in a name? Quite a bite. Everybody with platinum plastic savors the beef specialties at Arnie Morton’s Restaurants so I was intrigued to find a showcase of Morton’s (of Omaha) Steakhouse Classic Tri Tip Beef Bottom Sirloin at Costco. Pre-seasoned and tenderized in a sealed ready-to-cook pack at a mere $4.99 per pound, the promising roast package has a lot of very small print listing over a dozen mostly-dried flavorings and up to 12% of water. After 50 minutes in the 425 degree oven the browned and well-done roast emerged. Alas, the over-seasoned, very spicy results did not rival any beef dish served at the award-winning restaurants—maybe the resemblance is only name-deep—nor could the packaged roast begin to compare with my own slow-roasted, far less complicated home recipe (real onions, chopped garlic, light salt and coarse pepper, a generous pinch of oregano and parsley with a cup of beef broth plus a shot or two of red wine and a slug of Worcestershire sauce) roasted for hours in the slow-cooker. Fair warning: Don’t take the lid off for a peak or you must add an extra hour of cooking time.

A word to the wise. If you’re yearning for Morton’s quality beef at lunch or dinner, don’t make compromises. Make reservations!

Chef Gary Menes who has worked at the Palate in Glendale and recently at the departed Marche in Sherman Oaks has been named Executive Chef at The Hall of Palihouse Holloway, the West Hollywood boutique Hotel at 8465 Holloway Drive.

The Gobi Mongolian BBQ House at 2827 W. Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake is gaining rapid approval for its natural meats, locally raised veggies and noodles. Large iron grilling and vegetarian options are features. The real secret is in the house made sauces at this Zagat Survey’s “noteworthy newcomer” and the beer selection is exceptional.

Opened in 1988, the handsomely appointed traditional French-style Mistral serves up gourmet dishes like New York steak au poivre, a spicy shrimp appetizer and a rich chocolate soufflé at 13422 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks.

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