Sure, there are plenty of places to grab good steak and seafood on The Plaza in Kansas City. But Morton’s Grille has my attention.

For starters, the Shrimp Diablo. Jumbo shrimp wrapped in crispy bacon, stuffed with cream cheese and smoked jalapeño, smothered in Most Wanted KC Original BBQ Sauce and sitting atop homemade pico de gallo and avocado slices. Crispy. Creamy. Spicy. Sweet. Wow.

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Newly opened in the space that formerly held M&S Grill, the restaurant boasts a wide selection of steaks and chops, including a tender, 16 0z. cajun ribeye, marinated for two days and dripping with savory juices. Cutting into this sucker was the easiest thing I did all day.

Morton’s menu also features Center-Cut Filet Mignon, Kansas City Strip, a Double-Cut Pork Chop and Sirloin Chopped Steak.
Seafood options include Blackened Mahi Mahi with Smoked Bacon Jalapeño Pan Sauce, Seared Sea Scallops, Shrimp and Grits, oysters, and (my personal favorite) the Horseradish Crusted Salmon. After breaking through the crunchy horseradish layer, a bite of whipped potatoes, surrounded by pools of whole grain mustard/white wine/lemon butter sauce, added an extra burst of flavor.

When Morton’s server suggested a flourless chocolate cake for dessert, I was hesitant. Call me crazy, but I actually like flour. And sugar. And butter. Plus, I’ve had some bad run-ins with past flourless cakes. The consistency is hard to get right. But Morton’s “La Bete Noir” is the something special. Although still dense, it has a lighter, cake-like consistency with a decadent top layer of chocolate ganache. I’m ruined for all other flourless desserts.

Morton’s Grille is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.


The Westin Kansas City Introduces Smoothies and Juices

Westin JuicesDeveloped in partnership with The Juicery, The Westin Kansas City rolled out four dairy-free juices and smoothies this spring.

The new juices are available in the hotel’s restaurant, The Brasserie. Each custom blend packs a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables, plus a revitalizing punch of vitamins and antioxidants. Smoothies and juices are $7 each and only offered on the breakfast menu.
Flavors include:

  • Celery, Cucumber, and Lime Juice
  • Carrot and Orange Juice
  • Kale, Spinach, Banana, Mango and Cinnamon Smoothie
  • Raspberry, Strawberry, Mint, Rosewater, Almond Milk Smoothie

Featured above is the Raspberry, Strawberry, Mint, Rosewater Smoothie. The new menu is part of the Westin Well-Being Movement, a global initiative dedicated to inspiring the hotel’s guests to discover new approaches to well-being at Westin and beyond.