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Morton's The Steakhouse Restaurant Review: Morton’s is the kind of place that makes you want to get dressed up and make a whole evening of fine food and cocktails. The New Orleans edition of this national chain occupies the epicenter of the downtown visitors' circuit, in a space that follows every code of steakhouse design: the lights are dimmed; the booths are plush; the woods are dark mahogany. Well-healed regulars may lease their own private wine lockers. The steak selection is safe and solid, offering just about every cut of USDA Prime wet-aged beef a carnivore could crave. Shrimp cocktail appetizers, Caesar salads, and vegetable and potato side dishes also are available. And at the end of such meals, nothing could taste more appropriate than the molten Godiva chocolate cake or the Grand Marnier soufflé. Given the menu, the wine list excels in its red wine selection, especially from California and Italy, with support notes from France, Spain and Down Under. In a town with several locally owned steakhouse institutions, Morton’s holds up well against its competitors. Show up early for the happy hour, when tender mini-filet sandwiches are served.