Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Room With A View!

Morey’s Steakhouse and Event Center
219 East 3rd North, Burley
Take-Out: 679-1166
Hours: Mon. & Sat. 4:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M./ Tuesday-Friday 11:30 AM to 9 P.M.
Lunch Buffet 11:00 A.M- 1:30 P.M. Tuesday – Friday

Autumn in the Mini-Cassia area is such a pretty time of year. This area is wonderfully blessed with spectacular views of mountains, the sparkle of the river, and rolling farmland that seems to takes on a patchwork quilt effect. It is also the time of year that along with the changing color of the leaves are changes in our eating habits. In Summer, we often turn to light and refreshing meals. On hot, sunny days, fruit salads and grilled meals are common eats. While in Autumn, weather begins to cool, the days become shorter, and that’s when meals become a bit more intricate in ingredients and cooking techniques. It’s a great time to pull out a favorite harvest recipe. On one of those particular days, I was refreshing my memory and perused through a few cookbooks looking for Fall recipes, when I suddenly realized that looking at all of the pictures had made me so hungry that I could have eaten the cookbook itself. Shortly thereafter, I found myself being seated in a room with a spectacular view, at a restaurant that embodies the wonderful visual qualities of Mini-Cassia, not to mention home-style food that rivals any cookbook!

Morey’s steakhouse has a rustic, ranch style interior with natural lighting coming from the restaurant’s centerpiece- their windows. Nestled on the bank of the Snake River, one is invited to gaze upon the rolling water complimented by a backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountain Range. The day I visited, another patron stopped by my table and asked if I was writing a review. She wanted to let me know the reason she’s a regular at Morey’s was the warm service she consistently receives from the weekday waitress who works there. Alas, on that day the waitress she spoke of was not there although I did receive excellent service from who I later discovered was Naomi, wife of owner, Tracy. This is a family operated business with roots in a culinary background that started for Tracy back 1985, as a dishwasher in Portland, Oregon. Since then, his culinary journey has been quite extensive and is featured within every menu. Speaking of the menu, the most unique item is the appetizer called Pickle O’s, which are deep fried, tangy Pickle Spears served with Ranch Dressing for $5.99. At Morey’s, “surf and turf” is where it’s at. The “turf” features items such as Morey’s Famous Prime Rib. An aged, slow roasted Morey’s Cut comes with two choices of a Caesar Salad, Soup, Fresh Veggies, Baked Potato, Rice Pilaf, Mashed Potatoes or Steak Fries as well as your choice of Texas Garlic Toast or Homemade Scones for $23.99, while a Petite Cut goes for $16.99. The “surf” features items such as the sweet 8 oz. King Crab Legs with drawn butter and your choice of two sides previously mentioned for $15.99. They also serve pasta, such as the festive and spicy Cajun Jambalaya Pasta which is tossed with Chicken, Shrimp, Sausage, Peppers and Onions for $16.99. A good value is their lunch menu which features everything from Burgers, to Hot Sandwiches such as the opened-faced Hot Beef Sandwich smothered in a smooth Brown Gravy and comes with your choice of French Fries, Tater Tots, or Potato Salad for $6.99. I enjoyed their Lunch Buffet and Salad Bar for $7.99. Buffet items vary daily although on the day I attended they had tasty Breaded Shrimp, Pork Loin and Stuffing, tender Chicken Wings, Chicken Fried Steak, homemade Mashed Potatoes and fresh, chilled Salad with all the fixings. If you see the Chili, get a bowl. It is filled with an array of Kidney Beans, big chunks of Stewed Tomatoes, Corn and Ground Beef and it’s made from scratch. They also have a nice desert menu, full bar and wine list, gift certificates, as well as a convention area for your business or celebratory events.
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221 WEST MAIN STREET BURLEY, ID 83336
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