Morton's: BYO or order from wine list?
Eating at Morton's tonight. They don't post their wine list online, I assume because they're a chain and the lists vary from location to location. Wondering if anybody familiar with the Morton's wine lists in general, and the Beverly Hills location specifically, happens to know of any decent bottles on the list in the <$50 range?
We'll probably want a red wine, though I'm very open to different varieties and appellation (meaning, just because I'm going to a steakhouse doesn't mean I need to have a Napa Cab).
Most likely, I'll bring a bottle and pay the $25 corkage...but if there are some gems on the list, throw them out there!
My local Morton's (Orlando) has a large Napa/domestic cab selection, and not much else. If you're looking for what I consider gems (old world varietals, etc) then you may be better off bringing your own. And if you call the restaurant they will probably email you or fax you a copy of their list.
I would BYO if your local Morton's allows it. However, I would make sure to get a copy of their wine list to make sure that anything I was planning on bringing was not already on their list. BYO etiquette dictates that even if the restaurant is charging a 300% mark up on 2001 Insignia, it's still not cool to bring your own bottle of a wine that they already stock.
Also, ordering a glass of wine or Champagne from their BTG list prior to enjoying your own wine is always a welcome gesture.
Though too late to help, I find that the Morton's, that I have gone to, have had interesting wine lists, with markups from 400% to 1000%.
As I am always a guest, BYOB has never been considered. Though I am often the one, who must order the wines (on someone else's account), I still feel a tad ripped-off. I rather find them to be the adult's version of McDonalds. This is for adults on an expense account. Interesting, but quite over-priced.
Also, there are usually different BYOB laws by state, county and municipality. One is best served by checking specifically.
Hope that the OP enjoyed,