Prepared to Delectable Dimensions

Bar bites and Martinis.

Bar bites and Martinis.

Through the years, Arnie Morton’s has firmly established its place as the leading prime steak house group of upscale, aged beef and beyond. This standing is re-affirmed by the high standards of skilled service and stylish setting in Arnie Morton’s posh and thriving location at 3400 W. Olive Avenue in Burbank/Toluca Lake. Arnie Morton’s is a place where the smart-set of entertainment industry figures unwind extravagantly, without pretention, over call-label cocktails and premium wines. All the while munching from whole rounds of freshly-baked bread with sweet butter, unencumbered by foil wrap, while deciding which tender, flavorful prime cut to indulge in, be it lunch or dinner. The wine list goes on for pages of domestic and imported vintages with a scant few bottles listed under $40, and no splits.
Expectations are even steeper than the menu prices at Arnie Morton’s where staff professionals place distinctive quality first with à la carte entrées of steak and seafood, emphasis on red meat offerings prepared to delectable dimensions.
Distinctive soup starters include a baked, cheese-topped, five onion soup ($10), or lavish lobster bisque made with heavy crème and finished with a generous dash of brandy. There is broiled sea scallops wrapped in bacon with apricot chutney ($16), crispy salads starting at $10.25, as well as a ‘Colossal Shrimp Cocktail’ for $20. Luncheon sandwiches run from $15 to $23 for a small rib eye steak and ‘Skin-On French Fries.’ Dinner steaks are featured from $38.50 for a filet mignon with Béarnaise sauce and $51 for Arnie Morton’s popular full-cut porterhouse. The Palate was less pleased with an over-cooked, rather dry, grilled sea bass with a hint of pineapple-pepper salsa entrée ($36).
Lamb lovers savor double-cut rib chops ($43.50) and there are recommendations for the ‘Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes’ with mustard and mayonnaise sauce ($40).
An impressive selection of side dishes includes large stems of fresh asparagus (steamed al dente) with Hollandaise sauce ($10.50). A ‘Jumbo Idaho-Baked Potato’ lists at a hefty $9.50, and a side of crispy ‘Skin-On French Fries’ are $8.50. However, the creamed spinach for two adds a tasty touch to any entrée at a mere $11.
Save sweet tooth space for something splendid from the dessert tray ($9.50 each) including a caringly prepared Crème Brûlée, a destructively rich Double Chocolate Mousse or an immense cut of moist carrot cake.
Self-parking in the adjoining multi-deck is validated for two hours, or you can entrust the Lexus with the valet (for a fee). The Palate recommends the healthful stroll to and from the dining room or private meeting facilities. Among the sterling and hospitable pros at Arnie Morton’s Burbank, we salute Manager Kristen Adamo, Assistant Manager Michael Fogle and Maître d’sommelier Kevin Flannery. They head a crew that will make any visit a very special occasion.

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